Published on September 17th, 20110
How To Save Some Money At Uni
All Students Know That Saving Money Is Essential – Here’s A Few Tips
Going to the supermarket without a shopping list is not the smartest thing to do when living on a budget. You’ll end up blindly purchasing random ingredients without any real plan for how you’ll ever use them – also seeing deals on products such as crisps and junk food which will just result in getting random rubbish food rather than nice meals. You should also never go shopping on an empty stomach.
It’ll save you bus and taxi fare, and will also help you fight the freshers’ podge, which is good.
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.
Buy In Bulk
Invest in bulk bags of pasta and rice. The bigger the bag you buy, the cheaper it will cost you per kilogram. Keep an eye out for deals in larger amounts as well.
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.
Cook In Groups
If you live in a house of 4 rather than each individually cooking their own meals every night why not do a group shop and a group cook, it will save money and waste.
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.
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.
Quidco / Groupon
Get involved in all kinds of discount websites and use them as often as possible, they save you money the easy way.
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.