30 Useful Ways to Save Money as a Student

1-      Share your laundry load with a friend. If you don’t have a big enough wash, split it with a friend making it half the cost!

2-      Buy in bulk. Not only is buying in bulk a lot cheaper but you can split the products with a friend saving even more money!

3-      Get a bike or walk into town. Instead of relying on buses and taxis or using up petrol, walk or cycle to places, not only are you saving money but getting some exercise at the same time!

4-      Get a rail card. These are so useful to have and save you a lot of money!

5-      Get an NUS card. Getting one of these also saves you a lot of money as a lot of shops do student discount and won’t give it you unless you present them an NUS card.

6-      Get supermarket’s own brand. So much cheaper than the actual thing and usually you can’t even taste the difference!

7-      Get in touch with second years and buy their books off them. Buying your books second hand saves you a lot of money, plus it won’t be hard to find people to sell them you as they will be in need of money themselves!

8-      Pre drink more and buy less when out. This saves you a lot of money as drinks in clubs can get quite expensive, so if you pre-drink first you won’t need to buy as much out.

9-      Freebies freebies freebies! Collect any freebie you see whether it is a pen, a Frisbee, a notepad – anything, I can assure you will come in handy at some point!

10-   Book train ticket home well in advance. By booking online in advance it not only guarantees you a seat but often makes the journey much cheaper.

11-   Make use of the library. Before buying a book, check to see if it is available in your university’s library and borrow it instead.

12-   Get in touch with second years and see which books were vital before you buy everything on the reading list. Often when you get a reading list some books will just be mentioned in passing so will be a waste of money if you buy them,

13-   Get a part time job/ summer job.

14-   Trade your books back to earn money.

15-   Get vouchers and coupons. There are so many online coupon sites that you can sign up to. They send you an email with vouchers off everything from restaurants to toiletries!

16-   Make use of 2 for 1 deals with your friends. Go shopping with your friends and you can make use of deals together.

17-   Get a kindle. A lot of the books are free to download on a kindle and it is much lighter to carry than a lot of books!

18-   Use free services like Skype and Wassap instead of using your credit and minutes calling and texting.

19-   Instead of joining a gym do work outs in your room and go on runs with friends.

20-   Make a shopping list. Be strict with yourself not to buy anything that isn’t on it.

21-   Buy meat and veg from the market instead.

22-   Do you really need it? Whenever you buy something on impulse always ask yourself if you really really need it or are you just buying it for the sake of it.

23-   Ask anywhere for student discount, even if they say no it is still worth a try.

24-   Go late at night to supermarkets when they put all their reduced stock out.

25-   Get a coin jar and put loose change in, not only will it stop you spending it saves money!

26-   Make a big meal that will save for example a lasagne that you can just warm up the next day.

27-   Don’t waste food! Any veg you leave, save for the next day, blend it and make a soup.

28-   Care packages! Ask your parents really nicely to send you a few things when you are low on supplies.

29-   Use free online services like BBC iPlayer.

30-   Shop around for the best deals.


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