Hey guys! Can you believe that I’ll be starting my last year of University at the end of September? It’s gone so quickly and I’m slightly terrified! I thought though, what a more perfect time than to share my money saving tips and tricks to make your student life that little bit easier.
I’m so expert in this, I’m just a soon-to-be third year student living off minimal student loan in London. Sometimes it gets a little tricky trying to balance everything!
I am already planning a part two, so if you enjoyed this one be sure to check out the next post with even more tricks.
- My top saving tip whilst at Uni has to be buying train tickets (or bus tickets) in advance. I can’t count the number of times I have paid just £3.30 for a ticket which on the day would’ve cost me nearly £30. If you know you’ll be going home, like during the holidays, booking ahead could save you so much money. Normally the only restriction is a set train time.
- Textbooks (and required reading) do tend to be quite pricey. Typical really when they help you with your degree and if you’re anything like me you’ll be given a list as long as your arm of necessary books. In second year alone my book list came to a grand total of 38. Therefore, if I had bought them all brand new it would have broken the bank. Finding books second hand on sites like Ebay and Amazon will save you so much. Most books I’ve got which are second hand are basically brand new anyway, just without the price tag.
Little yellow stickers:
- Now, if you didn’t already know this, every evening (especially at the end of the week) shops have a reduced section where they put yellow stickers on food making it super cheap. I remember one time when I lived in Portsmouth for college, me and my friends went at the end of the day and I walked away with nearly 15 items for under £10! Most supermarkets put their yellow stickers out around 7pm!
Getting a weekend job:
- Not wanting to sound like a nagging parent but getting a job on the weekends / when you have a lot of time off will help massively. Whether you need a little extra for rent which your student loan won’t cover or you want a little treat, getting a job and having an additional income every month is a blessing. Speaking from someone who’s loan doesn’t even cover half my rent (and no, I don’t live in a palace) having a job when I’m not at uni helps so much. Just remember though, balance is key and university assignments do come first.
Bulk cooking meals:
- If you look on most money saver student tips bulk cooking meals will be on the list at least 90% of the time. If you have the freezer space it’ll work out cheaper in the long run if you bulk buy food and bulk cook it. Plus you don’t have to cook from scratch after a long day if you don’t want to. Meals like curries, chilli, lasagne and pasta sauces are easy meals to bulk cook. Cameron even made 50 meatballs from scratch the other day and they lasted us ages!
Don’t worry, I was never going to show you a picture of 50 uncooked meatballs (how unaesthetic) so have a photo of the numerous moustache gingerbread biscuits me and Cameron made the other day!
Hope you enjoyed and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for part two! If you think I’ve missed a key tip, why not leave yours in the comments below, you never know who you might save!
Make sure you check out the other posts in the series and in relation to university:
University: What I Wish I’d Known (Part One)
University: What I Wish I’d Known (Part Two)
University: What I Wish I’d Known (Part Three)
University: What I Wish I’d Known (Part Four)
Fresher’s Week, Friend or Foe?
University, 9 Years Ago; An Interview
University, 13 Years Ago; An Interview
University Alternative, MOOC; An Interview
University Saving Tips and Tricks, Part Two
University Bookshelf Tour
My University Experience So Far