Set Yourself A BudgetIt seems so obvious but a lot of people won't end up doing this properly. Working out what all of your outgoings are will be the first thing to do so you can calculate what you'll have left to spend. It can be really useful to break this down so you know what your weekly spend is which can help make sure you won't run out of money. Depending on your situation, sometimes it's easier if you can pay your rent for the next few months as soon as your student loan comes in. This means all the money you have left will be split up for your other spends while not having to worry about covering your rent.
Use Money Saver WebsitesThere are quite a few sites out there that will help you save a few quid here and there. The 10ways.com site posts loads of discounts codes and lets you know when there are crazy offers on certain things. I followed their page on Facebook so I found out good deals as they were posted. Student Beans will give you discount for a number of shops and items that you may have to buy anyway. Vouchercloud offers loads of discount codes for pretty much anything you can think of so it's always worth checking before buying something online. Money Saving Expert gives you advice on anything from mobile phone contracts to bank loans with a few discount codes thrown in. UNiDAYS gives you so many discounts for some of your favourite shops and also comes with a handy app to use as you student ID for the discounts in shops.
Get an NUS Extra CardThey are only £12 for a year and you can save money if you buy a 2 or a 3 year one. You will almost certainly make your money back plus a lot more, so it's a no-brainier really. You can get such hefty discounts on some big brands such as 15% off Apple MacBooks which would come in very useful as a uni laptop. The card will also get you discounted entry prices for places such as Merlin theme parks, cinemas, crazy golf and many more.
Shop at Student EventsThese are held in a lot of different places across the country and often have lock in student nights where shopping centres will stay open later specifically for students. There are a range of discounts available which vary between shops, and you will often get shops that don't normally offer student discount giving you 10% off so if you were going to shop in there anyway, it makes sense to do it on a student night.
Don't Buy Your Books Unless You Really Have ToI learnt this after my first year when I spent nearly £100 on three books (which is actually quite good value for uni books) that the library had bulk copies of that you could take out and borrow. Now if everyone tried to borrow the books from the library you would run out, but its worth checking before spending. I ended up barely using the books after first year and I wish I'd tried to sell them once I no longer needed them.
Make Use of Free or Student SubscriptionsNetflix will give you a free month if it's the first time you sign up, so if you weren't sure whether you'd want it then it's a risk free trial. If you end up carrying on you've just saved yourself paying for a month so it's a win-win. You can get Amazon Prime free for 6 months and then if you want to carry it on you get it for half price. If you love your music then sites such as Spotify give you half price premium so you only pay £4.99 per month with an NUS Card. They also do random offers such as 3 months premium for 99p if you haven't had premium before so keep an eye out for that too.
Discount Codes For Your Favorite TakeawaysThere s pretty much always a discount code for places like Domino's so you should never be paying full price for your pizza. I'm not saying spending money on takeaways is a way to save money but lets be frank, nearly every student is going to order a takeaway at some point so why not get it cheaper? Domino's came to my freshers fair and were giving out free pizza plus a 50% discount code that was valid all year, who's going to say no to that?
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