Monthly Archives: August 2017

More Ways to Save Money in Happy Valley

Last week we got started on a few ways to save money in Happy Valley.  Since there were so many, I decided to continue the same subject this week.

  • Many of you have relocated from warmer climates.  And this week you got a little taste of the autumn chill of Pennsylvania.  The reality is that winter is only a few months away, so warmer clothes will be a necessity.  But you don’t have to purchase brand new.  A large part of my plan to “reduce, reuse, recycle” is to buy as many of my clothes as possible second-hand.  My primary supplier is the State College Goodwill store.  If you need to load up on cold weather clothing, this is a great place to do it on the cheap.
  • Another great place to find useful cheap stuff is at the campus Lion Surplus store.  On any given day you’re never sure what you may find.  Computer accessories, computers, filing cabinets, and old dorm furniture are regular fixtures.  But you may also find bicycles, sports gear, clothing (I got a Blue Band jacket just last week), musical instruments, or any number of other unusual things.  It’s just across the parking lot from the Katz Building so worth a walk to check it out!
  • Do you need to open a new bank account?  If so consider a credit union.  Credit unions typically offer more favorable interest rates and more free services than typical for-profit banking institutions.  The catch with credit unions, however, is that you have to qualify to become a member.  But by nature of being a Penn State student, you are automatically eligible to join the Penn State Federal Credit Union.
  • Do you like to go to the movies?  The movie theaters in State College not only offer student discounts, they have $5.00 Tuesdays.  All movies, all day, $5.00 each.  And if you also have their loyalty card, you can get a free popcorn too!
  • And finally, have you ever thrown away a pair of shoes that you wish you could have had fixed?  In State College, you can probably have them fixed!  While shoe repair is a dying art, there is an awesome little shoe repair place downtown where you can get your leather goods fixed up for a lot less than the cost of replacement!  I’ve had many a shoe and purse there for re-working, and I’ve always been happy with the work.

I hope you’re all enjoying being back in Happy Valley for the fall (IMO the prettiest time of year to be here!).


Saving Money in Happy Valley

Many of you are new to Happy Valley.  Many of you are just returning after a summer away.  Whichever is your situation, here is a refresher of the many ways you can save some money in the State College area.

  • Do you eat at any of the campus eateries?  Many of the dining options offer a discount if you pay with LionCash.  You simply add some money to your ID card and use it to pay, and the discount is automatic!  It’s also a great way to limit the amount you spend on eating out each week by setting a weekly LionCash amount that you won’t exceed.
  • The presence of the Sheetz gas station/mini market chain is pervasive in this part of the state (with their corporate headquarters only 40 miles away).  Since it is practically inevitable that you will shop there, you should make sure you have the My Sheetz Card.  With this card you will save 3 cents per gallon on every gallon of gas, as well as accruing loyalty points that can add up to free food and beverages.  And while you are there, you can do your banking.  Every Sheetz has a fee-free ATM!
  • While we’re talking loyalty cards, don’t forget about your grocery stores.  In State College you will find Giant , Weis, and Wegmans.  Each one has a loyalty card program.  Scan your card with your purchases and save money on select items as well as earning gas rewards at Giant and Weis.  But you have to sign up to bring in the savings.
  • If Trader Joes’ is more your speed, don’t forget to bring your own reusable bags.  Every time you shop there and BYOBag, you can sign up for a drawing for a Trader Joe’s gift card.  They draw a winner every week.

The money saving opportunities in town are endless.  So I’ll be back next week with even more ideas!