Tips to save money for students

  1. Don’t spend your entire student loan on the first day you get it. Budget
  2. Buy your study book second hand either on eBay, Amazon or ask older siblings/friends, buying brand new books is sometimes the only option but if you have an option make sure you shop around and know that buying the books brand new isn’t always essential, sometimes you can find similar, cheaper alternatives. Also, you may be able to borrow the appropriate books from the library for £0
  3. Always ask for a student discount, regardless of where you are… you never know who may offer it. Quite often even small coffee shops offer a student discount. You won’t know unless you ask.

    This link takes you a list of other student discounts you may be eligible for
  4. You don’t have to pay for a TV license if your parents have a TV license, and you live with them outside of term time. ‘Students… won’t be covered by their parents’ license, unless they only ever use devices that are powered solely by their own internal batteries, and aren’t plugged into an aerial or the mains, i.e iPads and laptops’

    Also if you have a full three months left on your license at the end of the academic year and won’t use it before it expires, you can get a refund for this which could be around £36. (Information sourced from Money Saving Expert here)
  5. If you’re a festival fan, to save yourself cash why not work at festivals in return for tickets? You can also get paid to work at a number of festivals and you still get time off to see the bands you love
  6. Shop in the last hour of the supermarket opening hours for reduced food. 6pm on weekdays and 4pm on a Sunday is typically when supermarkets heavily discount food that is going out of date on that date or one soon after
  7. Check with your bank about the shops you can get cashback in
  8. Collect vouchers, loyalty points and rewards… whether that be for the supermarket you use regularly, or the coffee shop you frequent daily (p.s if you want to save money, it’s probably better to cut the shop-bought coffee out)
  9. Grow your own herbs on your windowsill, to save food costs. Link here to a beginner’s guide