I’ve been meaning to read at least the first book in the Percy Jackson series for a while. Last summer I watched the movie, and I really enjoyed it, so the books made my reading list. Unfortunately, as a graduate student, I don’t have a lot of time for pleasure reading. Winter break is a great time to catch up, so when I got a $30 gift card to Amazon, I decided to use part of it to buy the first book in the series, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.
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It’s another Thrifty Thursday! I bet you all thought I forgot about this column, but I’ve just been busy the last few weeks and haven’t been writing as much. I’m back now though and we’re having a special article on…
Dear Penguin Publishing,
I didn’t intend to write this letter. When you decided to up the pricing of your Kindle books, I was irritated, but you’re the publisher. I resolved to purchase your Kindle books when the prices lowered, as we readers were led by various publishers to believe would happen much in the way that hardcovers are more expensive than paperback books. I felt it was a shame, over the past few years I have gotten used to buying new books for series that I am reading the day they are released (and even pre-ordering some books). However, I was returning to school, grad school to be exact, and my finances were going to be tighter, so if your e-book prices were increasing through Kindle, then I would have to wait until you lowered them.
For this week’s Thrifty Thursday column, I thought I’d look at something that also helps with healthy living, and weight loss. (I’ll be starting a new weight loss day next week.) We’ll talk about food some other time because there are some great ways to save money there as well, but I just started a new exercise program, so I thought I’d talk about ways to save money on gym memberships and exercise classes first. Gym memberships are expensive, and a luxury that not everyone can afford. As a full-time graduate student, I certainly couldn’t afford to join the local gym, but there may be other options available to someone looking to be a little thrifty.
Ordinarily my posts about living thrifty come on Thursdays, but I didn’t want to wait for this one. If you live in the Columbia, SC area Groupon is now available, my first email came today! Head on over to their website to sign up for this great service. If you don’t live in Columbia, check to see if your area has Groupon services. They have some great deals that you can take advantage off. Remember, using Groupon’s services is only thrifty if you buy Groupons for services you would usually buy at the full price or for a service you were already considering trying at full price. Don’t go buying a Groupon you’ll never use no matter how good the deal is. Then it’s just a waste of money. But if it’s your favorite restaurant or that new spa you’ve been planning on trying, then go for it! No reason not to get a good deal if you’ll enjoy it. Today’s Columbia deal is already sold out, but sign up for the emails containing the daily deals so that you get notice as soon as the next is available!
I know, I know if you’re a big TV watcher and have trouble picking stuff up with rabbit ears, this idea is completely unappealing. I hated the thought of it too. However, it’s definitely something to consider. In the past, distance education courses often included watching required lectures on a special cable channel, and so to be a distance ed student, you had to have cable. Now it’s a little different. Programs like Adobe Connect allow lecturers to broadcast a lecture, and even hold live classes right over the Internet, making those cable channels obsolete.
I hope, on this blog, that I will be able to help other Grad Students who will be looking to find ways to save money. As such, I have declared Thursdays to be Thrifty Thursdays (at least for the purposes of this blog)! Today is the first of them and so I will start with something pretty basic.
Consider a meal plan. I know, many of you grads are moaning that you thought you were done with meal plans when you finished your undergrad program. I know I thought so. I graduated with my BA nearly 10 years ago, and when I decided to return to graduate school, I didn’t really consider the possibility of a meal plan. I excuse myself in the first semester because I was still working full-time and wasn’t on campus enough to make it worth my while. However, now that I am working on campus, I considered the option. This will not be a viable tool for all graduate students. If you spend little time on campus or are a part of a distance education program, meal plans will likely not be of help to you. Likewise, smaller colleges without many meal plan options may or may not save you money. However, if you spend four to five days per week on campus and your school has meal plan options that work for you, it may save you some money, or at least guarantee that you get a meal.
My university offers meal plans as small as five meals per week, and there are many other options. As I work on campus around lunch or dinner time at least four days a week, those meals are already pre-paid, and my meal plan credits can be used in any restaurant on campus. If you aren’t already on a meal plan, look into your school’s options. If you find one that works for you, and the price is right, go for it! It guarantees you food and you can save your cash for other needs.
Check back next week for another tip!