Tips for International Students in the Netherlands to Save Money
Most of us, as students, are concerned about spending money. There are a lot of fun things to do, but not at a cost. When we first move to a new country, there are many additional expenses we must incur in order to make our stay as comfortable as possible. It can be challenging to manage expenses while studying abroad as an international student. However, with a few tips and tricks, you can save money and make the most of your stay in the Netherlands. Here, I’m sharing some tips on how I save money.
1. Buy Second-hand
One of the most effective ways to save money is to buy used items. Many students leave behind their belongings when they move out of their accommodations, and you can find these items at local thrift shops or on the Facebook marketplace. You can buy anything from kitchen appliances to furniture for a fraction of the original price.
2. Shop at Street market
Another way to save money is to shop at farmers' markets or street markets, which are held twice a week in many cities. You can find fresh produce, eggs, cheese, meat, fish, and other items at a cheaper price than in regular stores. If you are lucky enough you may get a few things for free too ;)
Subscriptions for transportation and mobile connections can also help you save money. Look for promotional deals and take advantage of them. Also, if you buy a museum card, you can visit more than 100 museums for a year at no cost.
4. Loyalty cards
It is also a good idea to sign up for bonus cards or loyalty programs offered by shops. These cards can give you access to exclusive deals and discounts, which can help you save money in the long run. Always scan your bonus cards when shopping to ensure you're getting the best deals. If you shop online you will be able to get a free shipping option if you are in member programs.
5. Home-cooked meals
Cooking at home can also help you save a lot of money. Eating out can be expensive, so preparing your own meals can be a more cost-effective option. Meal prepping can also help you save time and money in the long run.
6. Student Discount is a thing
Look for student discounts on various websites, organizations, and shops. Many museums, theatres, and parks offer discounts to students. Local shops and service providers may also have student discounts, so always keep an eye out for these. There are dedicated apps where you can get student discount codes, and if you are a member of the Erasmus Student Network or have an international student ID card, you will be eligible for some local and international discounts.
7. Track your Expenses
Keeping track of your expenses is crucial if you want to save money. By keeping track of your spending, you can spot trends and learn where you can save money. On the other hand, this is a good habit for your personal financial management.
8. Sale! Sale!
Finally, it's a good idea to keep an eye out for promotions and sales. Many shops offer discounts during certain times of the year, such as November to February, so take advantage of these opportunities. Most stores offer year-round promotions such as "buy one, get one free."
In conclusion, studying abroad can be expensive, but with a few tips and tricks, you can save money and make the most of your experience in the Netherlands. By buying secondhand items, shopping at farmers' markets, using subscriptions and bonus cards, cooking at home, looking for student discounts, tracking your expenses, and taking advantage of promotions and sales, you can save money and enjoy your time as a student. Remember, every penny counts!