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Our Personal Finance Tips for Students

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When you're a student, resources can be limited, but here are the personal finance tips to take advantage of them!

Personal Finance for Students

Making a monthly budget

It’s not the sexiest thing to do, but it’s a great habit to get into so you know where your money is going. The Autorité des Marchés Financiers offers a tool to help untangle all this.

This way, your priorities are focused and there are fewer surprises at the end of the month.

Budget

ACEF

Contact your local ACEF (Associations coopératives d’économies familiales) for a range of budgeting and financial education services. These non-profit organizations also provide consumer protection information.

Taxes

Chequing account

It is possible to have a student chequing account with no monthly fee. Look for financial institutions offering incentives for opening an account.

You can benefit from free tuition throughout your studies until some time after graduation.

Many financial institutions also give you access to your credit score online. It’s offered free of charge by your financial institution, in collaboration with the two major credit bureaus, TransUnion and Equifax.

Personal Finances

To make the best decisions about your financial situation, it’s important to know as much as possible. You’ll thank yourself later!

And read our article Spend your money wisely or how to get rich?

Discounts available to students

Use the power of your student card to get discounts at many businesses!

ISIC Card

The ISIC (International Student Identity Card) is for students 12 years of age and older as well as for people 30 years of age and younger. For $20 a year, you get discounts at various businesses, museums, Via Rail, hotels, tourist attractions, transportation and ready-to-eat lunch boxes. It is accepted in 130 countries.

For $10 a year, the SPC (Student Price Card) offers discounts mainly in shops and restaurants.

Student discount when shopping

Many businesses offer discounts, with the simple act of showing your student card.

  • Grocery stores, especially those near a college or university.
    • Metro (for example, on Mondays 10% off on purchases of $50 or more)
    • Provigo (10% off the bill on Mondays)
  • Bulk Barn: Every Wednesday at 10
  • Adidas: 15% off promotional items and 30% off regular priced items
  • DeSerres: 10% off selected items at regular price
  • Videotron: For student internet packages
  • Yuzu Sushi: 15% off
  • Apple: Education section of site offers free AirPods and 20% off AppleCare+

Other stuff

In addition, you can find a cheaper mobile plan by comparing products on the Protégez-Vous website.

Don’t hesitate to join loyalty programs to maximize your savings. Use online shopping portals such as AIRMILESSHOPS, the Aeroplan eStore or Rakuten for your purchases.

Student Credit Cards

In Canada, there are several credit cards for students. Applying for a credit card at the beginning of your studies is essential to build your credit file and gradually improve your credit score.

Indeed, the notion of credit history is fundamental in the calculation of your credit score. The best thing to do is to get a no-fee credit card and keep it for as long as possible: it will be one of the cornerstones of your credit file (along with other financings such as a student loan, a car loan, etc.).

One of Canada’s best credit cards for students, the BMO® CashBack® Mastercard®* for Students, has a great offer right now. You can earn 5% cash back for the first 3 months (up to $100 cash back).

Then you get:

  • 3% for grocery store purchases
  • 1% cash back on recurring bill payments
  • 0.5% on all other purchases

In addition, you get free extended warranty and purchase insurance. Plus, you can get a discount on car rentals at National and Alamo (up to 25% off).

Conclusion

Studying is a stressful time, especially as mid-term or final exams approach. Controlling your personal finances is something you shouldn’t take lightly for later!

And remember that there are things to do to chill out, take it easy and relax. Have a great school year!

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