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Budgeting and money management

Money Saving Tips

Firstly, make sure that you claim everything you are entitled to and if you think you may manage without some of your student loan this year you may wish to consider saving what you do not use in a high interest savings account for the later years of the course. Secondly 'like' our

Facebook page for up to date hints and tips direct to your Facebook news feed.  Finally check all these tried and tested money saving tips - got any to share email us or post it to our Facebook page.

  • Always ask if there is a student discount for NUS or ISIC card holders when shopping, buying tickets or eating out
  • If you regularly get buses and trains a Student Oyster card may save you money
  • MyVoucherCodes is a great site that offers a range of discounts in restaurants, shops and venues, on books, technology, fashion and more! They now have a  a student-specific site with extra discounts. You can find other hot deals at mydeals and VoucherCloud.
  • Sign up for the weekly email alerts from Voucher Codes and Money Saving Expert to make sure you get the best deal
  • When looking for broadband or a new mobile phone contract use price comparison such as Choose, USwitch or BillMonitor to find the best deal but be wary of sites that sign you up for a contract as there is probably a mark-up, use them for info only and contact the company direct to buy their product.
  • When buying books for your course look for second hand copies in local bookshops, Amazon, eBay and AbeBooks, John Smith's Student Store and Sell Student Stuff or ask students in the year above.  There are also a number of book swapping sites such as Bookmooch or Read It Swap It. Always be realistic about how many you need and what you can borrow for short periods from the library.
  • If you are thinking of going out for dinner check TopTable for deals first
  • If you require large items of furniture or electric goods try Freecycle or furniture charity shops, but always be careful with second hand electric goods.Also check if there are any Facebook second hand or swap shop groups in your local area.
  • Shop around for a computer, you may also find this article helpful - get a brand new computer for less
  • When buying your groceries check to see if the supermarket brand is cheaper than known brands such as Kellogs, Nestle etc.
  • When going out keep on track of what is for free.  Time Out and London for Free have useful listings for what is free in London and remember most of the museums and galleries in London have free entry.  You could also sign up for free film screenings at Show Film First (more details at Free Movies UK) or Seatwave for last minute concert tickets.

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