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How to Start Your Semester Savings Off Strong

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Clemson chapter.

School’s a blast, but it’s also expensive! Whether your expenses include tuition, rent, groceries or just some spending money on yourself, it’s really nice to start off  the semester with a bit of extra cash. Here are five simple ways you can increase your moolah before the semester gets too busy. 


Get a budgeting app!

Though this won’t help you earn money, it will sure help you save it. You don’t realize how quickly those “oh, it’s just a dollar” items add up. I like the app “QuickMoney,” but there are plenty of other money tracking apps. You simply input each time you earn and spend money and the app tracks your spending for you. It also makes graphs so you can see how much you’re spending in various categories (gas, food, etc).


Sell some of your old stuff online.

This is the easiest thing ever. Apps like Poshmark, Vinted, Ebay, and LetGo make it super easy to sell your gently used clothes or other items online. Clean out your closet and get rid of those things you never wear. Just take a picture of your item/clothing, put in a description, and list it online. It’s easy, free, and fun to do! You could also get a group of friends and have a yard sale. 


Get a job

I know this isn’t always easy, but getting a job really is a good way to start building your savings. Try a restaurant downtown or maybe a tutoring gig. School always comes first, but if you have the time, a part time job is a great way to make some cash.

Drive for Postmates or another food delivery service

If you like driving, this is the job for you! This may not be for everybody, but you can make up to $25 an hour and have flexible hours! You can sign up on the app and after verification can start making money instantly. 


Take paid surveys!

If you’re already spending a lot of time on your phone, why don’t you make some money? Use a website like SurveyJunkie to get paid to take surveys. Numerous companies pay people to evaluate their products or services. Though you don’t get paid a ton, it’s a good way to make a few extra bucks in your free time. 


Happy saving!!

Hello! My name is Shelby and I am from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I attend Clemson University and am majoring in Biochemistry and double minoring in Psychology and Spanish. I love Jesus, iced coffee, and being outdoors. In the summer I work as a YMCA camp counselor. I basically live in the gym and love working out or playing volleyball.
Rachel Diemer

Clemson '23

I am a sophomore Psychology major at Clemson! I love to write and I am passionate about mental illness and hope to pursue a career in counseling... but I also just love sunflowers, coffee, & naps :)