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    How To Save Money While Shopping In College

    September 12, 2017 Amanda Cross 4 min read
    Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more details. Thanks for supporting the brands that make The Happy Arkansan possible!

    Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SaveWithHopster #CollectiveBias

    Shopping when you are in college is a necessity, but it doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. Today on the blog I am going to share my best tips for saving money while you are shopping in college whether you are shopping for groceries, beauty products, or anything in between. I am so excited to partner with Hopster Mobile Rebates to give you these tips, but more about this awesome, free app later.

    How To Save Money While Shopping | AD: In this partnership with Hopster Mobile Rebates click through to learn how to save money while shopping in college, pick up your free printable shopping list, and learn more about the free, Hopster app. #SaveWithHopster

    1. Create A Shopping List

    It's SO easy to go in the store, see everything, and want it all. If you want to save money, you need to stick to a strict shopping list. I usually create my lists in my phone, or sometimes I create fun shopping lists on paper if I am really ahead of the game on creating my shopping list.

    When I am creating my shopping list I like to look at the Hopster app for deals as I am creating the list. Often there is a rebate for some money off a product I was already planning on buying like cereal or fruit so it's a win-win for me.

    When creating your list you also want to do your best to think about placement of the aisles if you can. Some stores may even have their aisle layout online. This helps so you aren't aimlessly wandering all the aisles when you get in the store. Having your list meticulously planned in order of the aisles may work as well, if you are a super planner.

    2. Never Shop Hungry

    If you are going to the store to get groceries, always go on a somewhat full stomach. You don't want your stomach to be so full that you are groggy, but you don't want to be starving either. If you purchase food like that, you may end up purchasing things you never thought you would purchase. So fix something simple before you leave the house to go shopping like a sandwich or something like that.

    When you shop hungry you end up picking up a bunch of stuff you really don't need, random deli food you can eat right away, and other items. So, eat before you go.

    3. Comparison Shop Your Heart Out

    I am ALL about comparison shopping, y'all.

    One of the things I love about the Hopster app is that it doesn't really matter where you purchase many of the rebates. You can choose the store that is most convenient for you in their Available Everywhere section and get the same great deals.

    This allows you to find the best deals and comparison shop across many different sites for the best deals and then you can get your Hopster rebate on top of that. Cha-ching!

    4. Learn About The Power Of The Wishlist

    It's so easy to be in the “I want it all and I want it now!” mentality, but that's not okay. It won't get you anywhere in the end, and you will end up spending way too much money. Instead, create wishlists on all your favorite sites.

    You can create wishlists on most sites, and just stockpile items that you love a lot. Then you can periodically check your wishlist to purchase things as it makes more sense. Taking some time between seeing an item and purchasing it will also help you understand if you really love an item or just like the way it looks on the site for a while.

    Before you make any big purchases, give yourself some time. Many sites try to create a sense of urgency with sales and such, but sometimes you have to spend some time away from a piece of clothing before you decide to get that item.

    5. Get The Free Hopster App

    I know that we have chatted about this app for a bit today, but I wanted to show you just how easy it is to use this app.

    Hopster is SO simple. When you want to use the app, all you have to do is:

    1. Choose your rebates from a large selection of brands
    2. Shop at your favorite store (any store will do!)
    3. Take a picture of your receipt showing the items you purchased (I recommend doing this part on a desk or table because it's makes the process sturdier.)
    4. Rebates will be redeemed and the cash credited to your PayPal account as soon as the redemption is validated.

    You will need to share the entire receipt and it doesn't matter if you have other items on your list. Although, to speed up this process if you have a ton on your receipt they encourage you to to circle exactly what you purchased rebate wise.

    The Hopster app includes so many different awesome rebates such as:

    • Save $0.25 on any one (1) bread purchase
    • Save $0.25 on any one (1) meat purchase
    • Save $0.25 on any one (1) milk purchase
    • Save $0.25 on any fresh bananas (my personal fruit of choice for college students!)
    • Save $0.50 when you by one (1) Post Honey Bunches Of Oats cereal (my personal favorite!)
    • Save $1.00 on one (1) Boomerang's All Natural Pies
    • & so many more.

    These are just a couple of the rebates that I thought you may like more.

    One thing that I love about Hopster is that you don't have to wait to get your awesome rebate. As soon as your receipt is accepted, you get your cashback delivered straight into your Paypal account. No set fee that you have to obtain to get your money back, #yes!


    Hopster is such a fun and unique app that helps college students save money right now. You can go grocery shopping or general shopping and get your rebate back from your shopping trip within days. I highly encourage you to download the FREE Hopster app and start saving today.

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  • Chris September 12, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    This looks like such an easy to use app – will definitely check it out!

  • Makaela | Uniquely Mickie September 12, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    This was a cool post about this app! It’s very similar to Ibotta. I never go grocery shopping hungry hebsyse I always end up buying items that I don’t need!

    -xo, Makaela

  • Courtney September 12, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    I love her there are so many apps out there that tell you what deals are available! I love to save money, especially when I was a college student!

  • Kelly September 12, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Your so cute, I love your pictures. I am way past college and think these are great tips for everyone. I have never heard of that app but am gonna check it out, thanks!

  • Kristi Dominguez September 12, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    I wish apps like this were around back in my college days…would have been so handy! Love all you can save. Thanks so much for all of the great tips. #client

  • Dan Jenkins September 12, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    I wish I had these types of apps when I was in college. Great pictures also, they’re so bright! Love it!

  • Kynna O'Brien September 12, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Ahhh just checked and Hopster in the UK is no app, it’s ‘safe and ad-free TV app’, nonetheless without the app, these are tips we swear by. I haven’t thought of the wishlist idea…I usually just deny, deny, deny until I remember at an opportune time. I’ll try it out. Also great blog aesthetic!

    P.S. That cereal just reminds me of Jane the Virgin, specifically Rogelio de la Vega.

  • Stephi September 12, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    I think this post isn’t just important for college people but everyone can learn from it. Whenever I shop hungry I tend to go for crappy fast food that I can straight away, whereas if I’ve just eaten I chose more healthy options for home cooking. Thank you for sharing your tips I really enjoyed this post.

  • Michelle September 13, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Very useful tips! I definitely need to remember to make a list. The apps you shared sound helpful, will have to try this.

  • Karen September 13, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Cute! I loved all your pointers. I must try the hopster app 🙂

  • Catherine September 13, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Omg these are such great tips!

  • Desiree September 14, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    You are definitely speaking the truth with your tips. My fave and the one I am the biggest believer
    of is comparison shopping. No matter how big or small the purchase, you can’t go wrong when you do this.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    My name is Amanda Cross, and I am the blogger behind The Happy Arkansan. I am a blogger, freelance writer, and podcaster. When I am not creating content for any of my content online, I can usually be found baking, watching YouTube, or napping. I love helping millennials and young adults navigate the mess that is adult life. Keep reading for my thoughts and experiences.

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