10 ways to deal with having no money
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For the vast majority of us, “student” is synonymous with “skint”, and we can either stress about it and end up having no fun, or we can try and deal in the best way we can. It’s not always easy, but we’ve tried to break it down into 10 easy steps to help you deal with those times when the bank balance is looking a little sad. 1. Get your priorities straight It may be tempting to stinge on the basics if you have limited resources, but missing out on food and heating is a one way ticket to hospital. Okay...that might be dramatic, but it’s certainly not good for you! If you want to be energy conscious, figure out the Rubix Cube that is your central heating controller and set it to come on at specified times (mornings and evenings are advised). And if you want to save on food, head to the local market rather than the big name supermarkets. You can get great, healthy food for a fraction of the price. 2. Go meat free While we’re talking about food, another great way to save money is to go veggie. It can save you a lot of money, and there are so many tasty vegetarian alternatives to meat that you can try. If you really need the meat, try staving off every other week, or just a few days out of the week. You can still get a balanced diet by making sure you eat lots of green iron-rich vegetables, eggs and pulses. You read correctly, delicious pulses! 3. Steer clear of bad habits It may be an obvious one, but most of the things that are bad for you are also a drain on your wallet. So smoking and excessive drinking are off the table! If you partake in these habits, it’s time to put them down for good. Not only will it improve your health in a major way, but it will keep your bank balance looking healthier as well. 4. Have a house party Nights out may be the biggest drain on a student’s wallet, and no one wants to be that guy that stays in every Friday because of a lack of funds. The best way around this, is to invite your mates round to your place, and tell them to BYOB. You’ll have a free, fun night, and you don’t have to worry about those pesky “other people” that tend to occupy public spaces like pubs and discotheques. 5. Look out for great deals There are lots of discount groups and newsletters you can sign up for that could save you a quid or two. Check Facebook, Twitter and sign-up for emails like GroupOn and Wowcher and keep your eye out for good deals. The trick is to be selective. It may seem like a good idea to buy that set of 70% off kitchen knives, but you already have a workable peeler and chopping knife. There are often great deals on bulk loads of toilet paper at ridiculously low prices, and other boring essentials that you can save a few pennies on. It may not be glamorous, but it is necessary.
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