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5 ways student teachers can save money

Updated: Mar 13

Most student teachers do not get paid during their student teaching experience. While student teaching can be expensive, I have a few ways to help you save some money during student teaching.

  • Meal plan - Prep your healthy lunches and snacks ahead of time to avoid the line at the cafeteria. Consider using apps like Ibotta or Fetch that you can use to scan receipts and get points to cash in for gift cards.

  • Carpool - Find a driving buddy! It will help you save money on gas and wear and tear on your car. Also, consider joining gas station loyalty programs for a couple of cense off each time you fill-up the tank.

  • Substitute teach - Know the rules and regulations of your college and the school in which you are student teaching before jumping into this endeavor. You can get paid to substitute teach, so if you are considering this be sure to have all of your paperwork ready to roll.

  • Budget your professional clothes - Don't blow your summer work money on clothes. You can purchase clothes for student teaching strategically and with discounts! You can swap clothes with other student teachers and buy clothes at TJ MAXX, Marshalls, Ross, GoodWill, or Thrift Stores.

  • Take advantage of student discounts - There are so many student discounts that you can take advantage of! Check out this list -

  • Bring your own coffee - Instead of spending $25 a week on coffee, invest in a quality travel coffee mug. I recommend Contigo or Yeti brands - they keep your coffee hot all day.

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