Being poor and being a student go hand-in-hand. Students do not need to resort to selling plasma to earn extra money. With a bit of creativity, they can save money without making any sacrifices. They may even have enough extra to spend at the local pub.
If you are in school, follow these tips to save yourself some money so you can enjoy everything that higher education has to offer. Just do not enjoy life too much or you may find yourself without a degree!
The 16-25 Railcard is perfect for full-time students and is available for one or three years. It features a one-third discount on railway travel across the UK. Cardholders also receive access to partnership contests and offers like holiday discounts and reduced prices for West-End theatre tickets. Cost of a one-year card is currently £28 and a three-year card sells for £65. Students who travel in groups may be able to secure group discounts like three or four adults traveling for the price of two.
The license fee terms from the BBC require consumers to pay the fee if they view or record television as it is broadcast. However, a license is not required for watching television on-demand online. Students can purchase a cable to connect their laptops to their televisions to view at no charge. Those who do pay for a license should request a refund for the summer months that they are not in their homes. The extra money can be spent on groceries.
It’s Easier Than It Looks To Save Money
When food shopping, students should buy in bulk and cook from scratch rather than purchasing ready-made meals. Pasta has a long shelf-life and makes an inexpensive meal for a flat full of students. Those who spend time shopping for other household items should take their NUS extra card and university card with them.
A store that does not participate in NUS may offer separate discounts. Specialized student discount sites like Studentbeans offer free memberships.
It can be expensive to print papers and other homework assignments on campus. Students should consider purchasing a printer to print their work at home. They will save themselves the stress of having to wait in long lines to print at campus and can even make money during the third year of school when everyone is printing dissertations.
Students who enjoy shopping for clothes and accessories can save money by working where they shop. Arcadia Group offers a 25 percent discount to employees of Topshop, Miss Selfridges, Topman, and its other stores and 20 percent off at BHS. Employees of New Look, The Body Shop, and Republic receive up to 50 percent off their purchases.
Freecycle is a great place for students to find free items like bicycles, televisions, and laptops. Charity shops offer books, CDs, DVDs, clothing, and accessories at low prices and there seem to be a few of these on most high streets. Car boot sales are weather-dependent but often include hidden treasures. Students should plan to be there bright and early to find the best deals.
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