Top spending tips for students on a budget
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As a student, it can be hard to juggle all your expenses, and it can often feel like you have to sacrifice your social life or comfort at the end of a month when things get tight. Add to this the cost of irritating expenditures like unnecessary books for class or new clothes after your’s ripped (after only being worn twice) and it doesn’t always feel like your getting enough bang for your buck.
Thankfully, Anita Naik, Lifestyle Editor at VoucherCodes, has come up with a list of ways for you to help make your money stretch further.
Take a peek at her list below:
1. Cheap Tunes
Want to see your favourite DJ or band play but can’t quite justify the hefty ticket price? Check out Facebook event pages for people looking to sell their tickets at the last minute. There may be occasions when people are happy to accept less than face value for the ticket, so it’s always worth having a look.
Also, if you have spare time in the summer – sign up to festival volunteering sites as they offer tickets at some of the biggest gigs of the year in exchange for a few hours work.
2. Get your card out
A close companion throughout your student years is your NUS card. If you didn’t know already, this little saviour will get you discounts from some of the biggest names on the high-street. That’s not all though, you can also use it to get reductions on everything from travel to cinema and theatre tickets, so make sure you’re making the most of it.
3. Save and stroll
Travel can be expensive and we all want to stay healthy, so why not save by swapping the bus for walking? Not only will it help you hit your 10,000 steps a day target, it’s also a great way to take some much-needed time away from studying – try using the extra time to listen to inspirational podcasts and reflect on your day.
4. Earn while you learn
If you fancy earning a bit of extra cash, it’s worth signing up to market research and mystery shopper sites. These companies regularly look for students to work with them for a couple hours a week doing things like answering online surveys or even doing a bit of shopping.
If that’s not your thing, try signing up to task websites - locals around you may need a hand mowing their lawn or walking their dog for an hour, perfect if you want to finance your next night out.
5. Socialising on a shoestring
If you’re planning a night out with a friend or your other half – why not consider going out for dinner during the week rather than on a Saturday? A number of restaurants offer money off deals on weeknights to get people through their doors, so check apps like VoucherCodes for any restaurants near you that are running offers – you’ll be surprised at the variety of different cuisines and discounts you can find.