28th September 2017
Living the student life can be incredibly difficult at times, juggling your university timetable is a task on it’s own. If you are a new university student looking how to make the most of your budget, here are some of the best student money saving tips:
Buy food in bulk and make a meal plan:
If you are lucky enough to live in catered halls, you won’t have to worry about purchasing your meals, however for the majority that don’t it is very easy to fall into the trap of binging on fast food. The cheapest and healthiest way to manage your eating habits is to meal plan ahead of time. It will give you a shopping list so you only get what you need, and means that you always have food in to save you from the temptation of expensive, quick-win options.
Take advantage of your NUS Card:
As a student you are now entitled to a wide variety of discounts in stores, bars and restaurants around the entire UK! The card is only £25 however you will certainly make enough savings to make this card worth it. For more information and where you can use your card, please visit the national students union official website here: https://www.nus.org.uk/en/nus-extra/
Stick to a budget!
Perhaps the most important detail whatever you do is to plan a budget and stick to it! when your student loan finally gets deposited into your bank account, it is easy to go on a shopping spree or consecutive nights out and before you know it your student finance will be a distant memory!
Find employment in your free time:
Most university degrees only require you to be in a few times per week. If you are only attending a part time course, a local part time job will do wonders for your income.