11 money saving hacks
24 January 2020
January can be a tough month for everyone, so adding being a student into that can make it even harder. We’ve listed some of our favourite money saving hacks below. We’ve listed things from food to bank accounts to help you save your pennies.
Make a meal plan
By making a meal plan, you’re less likely to pop to the shops to get some overpriced items or even worse, resort to a takeaway. You could even go to supermarket after 6pm to see what reduced items are available (don’t be embarrassed, it’s fair game) and eat them that day or put them in the freezer for another time. Check out some of the recipes in our blog if you’re looking for some inspiration.
Drink more water
There are obviously quite a few benefits to this, the main one being that it is very good for you (It promotes cardiovascular health, keeps muscles and joints working, and helps cleanse toxins from your body. Staying hydrated also helps balance your blood sugar, helps relieve headaches, and promotes healthy skin). Another benefit is that it will save you a small fortune on fizzy drinks/juice. Remember the reusable aparto water bottle you received in your welcome pack? Just fill that up and you’ll never have to buy a drink when you’re out and about again.
One of the (many) benefits of being a student, besides youth being on your side, is the countless amounts of discounts/free stuff you can get. A lot of Highstreet retailers will offer a student discount, and there are a lot of student-specific discount websites such as UniDays. You can also get a Totum card which gives you instant discounts at restaurants/cinemas and many others.
Use an online bank like Monzo
Monzo enables you to keep track of your money like never before. You can see how much you have spent, set yourself financial goals and even get notifications every time you spend. You can create specific pots if you’re saving up for something specific like a holiday, as well as the ability to pay friends with just their phone number.
Clothes swap with friends rather than buying new things
Chances are that £15 top you’re about to buy off Pretty Little thing is probably sitting in one of your friends’ wardrobes. Swap between your friends to create whole new outfits without having to spend a penny.
If it’s possible and safe to do so, walk to your destination rather than pay for public transport. It helps that it’s good for you too!
Make the most of the experience programme
We run the experience programme for you, so anything you would like to see, just feed back to your Resident Assistants.
Use the facilities in your residence
Our residences have a host of facilities from gyms, cinema rooms, roof terraces and even private dining rooms. Why not book out the private dining room and host a come-dine-with-me style dinner? Just don’t let it end up like this.
50% off Spotify or Apple Music, 6 months free Amazon Prime
Being a student, you’re able to get 50% off Spotify and Apple Music and even 6 months free Apple TV. Make the most of it while you can!
Be a hair model and get your hair done for free
A lot of hairdressers will often advertise for models to help their apprentices’ practice on. We’ll let you take this one at your own risk (joking, you’ll most likely get a great haircut).
Sell your old books
One person’s trash is another’s treasure. Your old books could really help someone, so list them on a website and sell them on to someone else. You can sell and loan books from Vital Source Books.