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How Fetch Can Help You Save Money in College

By David

May 3, 2024

When you’re in college, you need to stretch every dollar as far as it goes, and Fetch can help! Fetch makes it easy for you to:


  • Track your spending
  • Find deals and special offers
  • Earn and use free gift cards

Keep reading to learn how you can use the Fetch app to do all of the above. 

Don’t have Fetch? Download our free rewards app today!

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Use the Fetch App to Track Your Spending

You should already be snapping your receipts in the Fetch app, and when you do, you don’t need another app to track your spending. Just review your monthly purchases in the “points” tab, and you can easily see if you’re overspending and where you might need to cut back. Tracking your spending is one of the best tips to save money in college.

Text reading, "Track your spending," above in-app imagery of the Spend tab

Earn More Points with Special Offers

You can find all sorts of different special offers in the Fetch app. It’s great when the brands you always buy have special offers, but if you want to get the most out of your shopping, choose one of your personalized special offers over your usual go-to. Not only will you earn more points, you might find you have a new favorite

Be sure to check these three spots in the app:

  • Offers
  • Brands
  • Clubs

Text reading, "Shop your personalized offers," above in-app imagery of Offers tab

How to Save Money as a College Student With Free Gift Cards

One of the easiest ways to save money as a college student is to trade in the Fetch points you’ve been earning for free gift cards. From a quick dinner at Chipotle to a new lamp from Target to your beauty essentials at Sephora, your Fetch points can become almost whatever you need them to be.

Save Money on Dorm and Apartment Shopping

The first day of the school year, you can expect to make multiple trips to stock up your dorm or apartment (don’t forget the shower caddy). Those trips are going to add up, too, and a surefire way to save money as a college student is to use gift cards for those dorm essentials from:

  • Amazon
  • Target
  • Walmart

Turn Points Into Gift Cards for Groceries

Maybe you cook for yourself. Maybe your college grocery list would terrify a nutritionist. Whatever your grocery run looks like, a grocery gift card from one of these stores will let you spend your money on stuff that’s more fun than groceries.

Save Money and Keep Your Coffee Habit

Giving up coffee isn’t the only way to save money in college. Get a handle on your coffee spending by using all the rewards programs at your disposal to earn free coffee and turning your Fetch points into gift cards for:

  • Starbucks
  • Dunkin
  • Caribou Coffee

Self-Care on a College Budget

Don’t forget to take care of yourself. You don’t need to give up your favorite beauty brands to save money in college, just turn your points into a gift card for:

  • Sephora
  • Ulta

Save on the Latest Games

You play games to relax, so you shouldn’t have to worry about how to save money in college when trying to kick back after classes. Snap those receipts, build up points playing games on your phone with Fetch Play and then turn them into gift cards for: 

Fast Food for Free

Sometimes you need a break from the dining hall. Or maybe you haven’t quite mastered cooking for yourself yet. Use your points toward a fast food gift card and grab that burrito or pizza without worrying about your budget. Some of our most popular options are:

  • Chipotle
  • Papa John’s
  • Sonic
  • Subway

Save Money on Everything Else

If you don’t see a specific gift card, just trade in your points toward a Visa gift card that you can use practically anywhere.

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Download Fetch to Take Control of Your Spending in College

Now that you know you can use the Fetch app to track your spending, you can also plan your spending in it by building out your shopping list. In fact, that’s a great way to ensure all of your special offers are on your shopping list. If you don’t already have it, download the Fetch app now and by tomorrow, you’ll be able to show your friends how to start saving money in college, too. 

Topics: Gift Cards, offers, rewards, school



David Fairbanks is a writer, science educator and Chicagoan fueled by coffee. He's written about everything from Ferraris to handcrafted pet urns to Superman, and he genuinely loves loyalty/rewards programs.