Money saving tipsBy TheStudentGuide
Buy Second-hand Textbooks
There’s no point in splashing out on brand new text books which you’ll probably only look at a handful of times. Amazon Marketplace and Abe Books are both trusty sources for second-hand books.
Charity shop chic
Fashion these days is all about vintage. Vintage basically means old. Don’t spend top dollar on some full-price Topshop imitation – save yourself money and look stylish with a trip to Help the Aged.
Find a cheap pub
Sure, it’ll probably be a soulless corporate chain, but you’re a student for crying out loud, you can’t afford to be a pub-snob.
Why pay for a nagging phonecall with your parents, when you can speak to them for free? Skype isn’t difficult to use, but they’ll still need you to coach them.
Scour Freecycle.com for free stuff
Freecycle is basically the same as eBay, but free. People put their unwanted TVs, bicycles, trampolines etc. on Freecycle, and students and other foragers can claim and collect it for themselves.
Shop for supermarket economy brands
Tesco’s Finest is not for the likes of you. Next time you’re in the supermarket, look down. The basics range is always kept at the bottom of the shelf. It tastes just as good. Kinda.
Write a shopping list and stick to it
Going to the supermarket without a shopping list is financial suicide. You’ll end up blindly purchasing random ingredients without any real plan for how you’ll ever use them. This is a particularly risky strategy if you go shopping on an empty stomach.
It’ll save you bus fare, and will also help you fight the freshers’ podge, which is good, because we all know that fat people spend more money on food than thin people.
Get free NHS dental care, prescriptions and eye tests
As a student you may eligible for free healthcare, but only if you fill in an HC1 Form first. You’ll be able to get a form from your doctors, dentist or optician. It age to fill out, an age to be processed, and only lasts 6 months once it’s been approved. It will save you money though.
If you wear glasses, buy new frames online. For whatever reason, they’re much cheaper than highstreet opticians, and will normally have a bigger range of styles available.
Invest in bulk bags of pasta and rice. The bigger the bag you buy, the cheaper it will cost you per kilogram.
Go shopping at 7pm on Sundays
This is prime discount time. Supermarkets will clear out all of their soon-to-expire goods and put them on the hallowed reduced shelf. Half-price Coleslaw, yes please.
Come Dine With Me
If you and your housemates devise a weekly Come Dine With Me cooking rota, you will only have to pay for and prepare one or two meals a week.
Return library books on time
Set a reminder on your phone to return your books on time to avoid library fines.
Pre-drink at home
You would have done this anyway; we don’t need to encourage you.
Avoid the cornershop
Try and do a proper supermarket shop once a week. Odd trips to the cornershop to buy bread and biscuits will cost you considerably more.
Work your Student Discount
Shops knows that students are poor, so many offer discounts.
NUS Card/University ID
Students are eligible for a discount of around 10% in a number of shops, including Topman, New Look and Cineworld.
Student Discounts Card
Register on www.studentdiscounts.co.uk and they’ll post you out a card for even more discounts.
International Student Exchange Card
Perfect for anyone going travelling or spending a year abroad, the ISE will give you discounts all over the world in museums, attractions etc. Also comes with medical benefits, apparently.
Student Beans is the king of online discount sites. They have an offer for absolutely everything. Over 500,000 students use Student Beans every month, and you should too.
Get a Yellow Card
Yellow Cards are perfect for people who like to get drunk. They can only be used in Scream Pubs, a student-oriented pub chain, but most university cities will have one somewhere. Find out where your nearest one is at www.screampubs.co.uk.
Get a Nectar Card
A Nectar Card gives you points every time you shop in Sainsburys, Amazon, Argos and loads of other stores. Once you’ve built them up, you can redeem your points and get free stuff.
Get a Tesco Clubcard
The same as a Nectar Card, except it only works in Tesco, obviously.