Saturday, 16 January 2016

Small Ways to be a Thrifty Student


It's a common (and often very true) statement that students are not particularly financially stable. I feel this struggle with all my heart. Paying for an education and accommodation (including bills - ew) on top of food, household necessities, and socialising can take its toll on your bank account. And that's something I'm still learning, but over the past year and a half I've picked up a few little money saving tips that I'd like to share with you!

Find your supermarket's discount section and use it to your advantage. My flatmate's favourite activity is to head to Morrisons around 6.30ish and stock up on reduced food, whether that be snacks or full on meals. The food is normally reduced because it's best before that date, but if you're eating it that night or the day after, it's still perfectly good to have! It takes a bit more effort than ordering takeaway, but your bank balance will thank you in the long run. Plus, it can be a fun task trying to concoct a meal out of the random foodstuffs you find if you have the time!

Pack your own lunch. Eating out is a great treat, but as a struggling student it should stay that way - a treat. I like to buy myself a meal deal or go for a sandwich and a catch up with a friend maybe once a week, but every other day I'll either have lunch at home or I'll bring it with me to eat in the library/on a bench in town. It's much more cost effective and it allows you to be creative with what you eat! My personal favourites are a Greek salad, a ham salad wrap, or a good ol' tin of soup.

Buy household items in bulk. This mostly applies to toilet/kitchen roll, cleaning products, washing powder, and washing up liquid. Yes, it'll cost a little more in one go, but ultimately it will stop you from continuously buying the same thing and costing more over time. Plus there's often some good deals available when buying in bulk!

Ask in every shop you visit if they offer student discount. That little student ID card can be so handy for nabbing 10% off (or more if they're particularly generous!) that new stationery kit or a cute scarf. They can also work on bus fares, so it's worth asking because they don't always advertise it!

Check the charity shops before buying brand new. This is most useful for buying coursebooks for the semester. Often students will donate their textbooks after the semester is over because they no longer have a need for them, which means that you can get a perfectly good book for a fraction of the price if bought brand new! (One of my greatest achievements of last semester was finding a £30 textbook in a charity shop and buying it for £3!)

So these are just some small guidelines that I like to follow to save my pennies on special treats. Every little helps as a student after all! Have you got any money saving tips you'd like to share? 

Speak soon!

Chloe x