How to have fun without selling your kidney!

Do you want to go on a vacation this reading week? Or even just go out with your partner or friends to a restaurant? But then you open up the website, all happy and excited and realize that you’re actually a college student and you can’t afford vacations or going out to eat because you had to pay for those expensive textbooks. I know, I’m there with you. It’s usually a big fight between having a social life and putting school first. You know what though? You can actually have both. Sounds crazy right? I know but you can take charge of your life today and actually start going out, enjoying and doing the things you have always wanted to do. I bet you’re wondering what the catch it is and when I’ll ask you to give me your kidney in return. Don’t worry, I’ve found ways where you can make a little bit of money go a long way. And hey, you get to keep your kidney too!

So since Valentine’s Day weekend ends up on the same time as reading week, I decided with some friends that we would like to go to Niagara Falls. It can get expensive, I know. But I discovered websites that can get you amazing deals. Have you heard of Groupon? (http://www.groupon.ca/)It surprised me to find out that most people had no idea what this was. It’s a website that companies use to attract customers. The catch? You get an amazing deal at a super low price. There’s tons of websites like this such as http://www.livingsocial.com, www.expedia.com, www.yipit.com, www.fab.com, and so many more.

All these websites offer special coupons daily which can save you up to 90% on some items. I was able to get a hotel reservation at the Oakes hotel overlooking the falls with a king suite that has a bathtub in the room for $135 for a night. They don’t just offer hotel reservations, they also give you restaurants, appliances, jewellery, clothing, gym memberships, classes, and pretty much everything you can think of. This can save you a ton of money while still getting to enjoy your life on a student budget.

I’ve personally used all these websites to book reservations for a hotel, and then for dinner. There is a small catch though, the timings for when you can use the coupons can sometimes be specific. You can, for examples, not book the hotel for Valentine’s Day since it’s a busy time for the hotel. But most of these deals are fantastic when used off season. They aren’t scams, they’re something that actually works. You can now have a chance to enjoy time off and go out with friends without worrying about money.

There are some tips I’ve learned through these websites that I’d suggest for newbies. Make sure to read the fine print. That will include the dates you’re able to use the coupon, what exactly you’re getting out of it, how you’re able to use it ( it can mean showing the add on the phone or sometimes you have to print it out) and pretty much the exact details about the coupon. I would also suggest using PayPal, now if you don’t have an account, it’s completely free to set up. Shopping online can be quite risky, which is why a lot of people avoid it. PayPal allows for a safe transfer of money. You can avoid having to put your payment information in every time. It’s like having an e-wallet which you can access by simply putting in your password.

I think it’s time we all got to enjoy ourselves while studying. It’s all about finding the right deal that works for you. I hope the article helped you find some great deals .Definitely let me know about how your experience was using these websites!

Let the fun begin!

 

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