In the not too distant future it will be time for students to start thinking about a new year at University and gathering the supplies they will need to see them through.
With tuition fees being so ridiculously high these days (back when I went it was only £1,500 per year!), it is important to be savvy when it comes to spending money! Here are some top tips for getting bang for your buck!
There are many benefits of being a student when it comes to discount with many shops, entertainment venues and restaurants signed up to provide cheaper deals via schemes such as the NUS Card. At time of writing the NUS card offers great discounts on University essentials such as 20% off ALL Stationery with WHSmith, 60% off with Stuff4Students and 10% off with Endsleigh Gadget Insurance.
If you know where to look you can find lots of great websites which offer discounted products, free samples and money saving voucher codes. Sites like Gratisfaction, the UKs fastest growing freebies site, which publishes fresh offers throughout the day. These sorts of websites are great for getting a wide range of items at discounted prices, so it’s worth keeping an eye on them!
One of the most expensive things you will buy in your student career will be text books. I remember being astounded after discovering most of the books I would need were over £50 each! A good tip is not to panic and buy them straight away but to check out the rules at the library and check out the books for as long as you can. I also recommend looking for second hand copies online or even from past students, but be sure to check you’re buying the correct edition!
Loyalty cards are worth it if you regularly shop at the same stores, if you prefer to shop around then they are not really for you. Tesco and Sainsbury’s have decent schemes where you get points every time you shop which can be redeemed later on. Other shops like Subway, Boots, Paperchase, Costa Coffee etc have similar loyalty schemes. Some places even give out discounts and freebies for your birthday! Bonus!
There are also plenty of apps out there that work similarly to loyalty cards but are easier to remember and to carry around with you! I love my Subway app as it lets me know how many points I have and how close I am to getting a free sandwich. Nando’s is also a popular app which works in a similar way – who doesn’t love free food? Just make sure to get your phone out every time you visit.
Companies love sending out newsletters, either via email or in the post, and often give out discounts and freebies to entice potential customers in. Why not sign up to some mailing lists for your favourite shops, bars and restaurants and reap the rewards? If you’re concerned about being inundated with emails then why not open up a new email address which you only use for this purpose? That way you can check for discounts when you want but your inbox won’t be flooded with them.
These days lots of companies and brands use their social media accounts to promote deals and give out discounts. Be sure to follow your favourites on Facebook or Twitter to get up to date deals on all sorts of things from essentials to nights out.