Strategies to Save

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Strategies to Save

Follow these simple tips that could save you money each and every month.


  • Set your thermostat lower
  • Unsubscribe from your cable TV service
  • Turn off the lights when not in use
  • Get a roommate
  • Live at home or with a relative


  • Eat out less frequently
  • Eat early and take advantage of happy hours and early bird specials
  • Split or share meals with friends
  • Make your own lunch and bring it to work
  • Use restaurant coupons
  • Learn to cook dinner for yourself
  • Rent movies
  • Go to the movies in the afternoon rather than in the evening
  • Visit local libraries, museums, and parks
  • Participate in sports
  • Read a book or hike a trail


  • Use a shopping list
  • Use coupons
  • Compare prices
  • Buy in bulk
  • Don't shop more than once a week
  • Don't buy what you can't or won't use


  • Utilize public transportation
  • Carpool with a friend or family member
  • Ride your bike or walk
  • Regularly have your oil changed and use coupons for auto maintenance
  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated


  • Exercise
  • Don't smoke
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Give yourself your own manicure and/or pedicure
  • Use coupons or take advantage of specials for haircuts
  • Cancel unused club or gym memberships
  • Buy generic and OTC medications

Debt Payments

  • Stop using credit cards as a primary payment method
  • Pay off the full balance on each credit card at the end of the month


  • Make a budget
  • Consider wants vs. needs
  • Don't spend money to relieve stress
  • Avoid impulse purchases such as coffee or candy
  • Give homemade gifts or give the gift of service rather than a retail item

Mission Statement


GCU's Financial Literacy Program has the core objective of providing financial awareness to current and previous students in order to educate and empower them to effectively manage their finances