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Worried about money? Take some of these top tips on board

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To coincide with freshers' weeks across the UK, musicMagpie.co.uk has released its top money tips for students. Here they are:

1. Get rid of old stuff you don’t use – Now is the time to chuck out those old CDs you no longer listen to, the DVDs you’ve already seen and the computer games you’ve completed. Send them all into musicMagpie.co.uk for free and get cash in return. For example, Resident Evil 6 on PS3 can earn you over £15 alone.  

2. Cut the cost of your morning coffee – Instead of buying the £3 coffee on your way to lectures; invest in a cheap thermo flask and make your own at home.

3. Earn cash back on your shopping – Websites such as Quidco allow customers to earn money back by shopping via the website – perfect if you’re planning on stocking up on those winter woolies.

4. Earn money for socialising – Try mystery shopping as a way to earn money whilst having fun. Specialist websites give you cash for visiting restaurants, bars and even designer outlets.

5. Cash in on your summer wardrobe – As the weather turns, make some cash from those crop tops and leotards you’re never likely to wear again by sending them into musicMagpie.co.uk. The site now pays out for high street and designer clothing.

6. Swap books with friends – Get to know those in the years above you and ask if you buy their old text books off them. They’ll be much cheaper than buying them brand new, and you might get a few hints and tips in the meantime.

7. Search for vouchers beforehand – Have a quick look for promotion codes or vouchers if you’re planning a trip to the shops or restaurants. Some offer BOGOF offers, or money off incentives.

8. Make the most of comparison sites – If the heating bill in your new student digs is likely to give you the shivers, take the time to search for a cheaper provider or tariff.

9. Become a hair model – Hairdressers like Toni & Guy are always on the lookout for models to practice haircuts on. If you’re looking for a new style or colour for free, give them a call to see if they need models in your area.

10. Buy own brand – Own brand (or discount brand) products are usually of the same quality than more well known names, and half the price. If you’re unsure, do a blind taste test first between the two – we bet you can’t spot the difference.

Students using musicMagpie.co.uk can make anywhere from £10 to £1,000 just from selling unwanted clothing, technology, CDs, DVDs and computer games.

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