Student Hacks – Saving Money

Money = worry (for most students) there is just never enough…if only that tree was real!

We recently did a survey with 1500+ students and finance seems to be a real bug bearer for many. If you haven’t already, check out the results here!

You have enough on your mind, so to help you out, we’ve put together a list of student hacks to help make your money go a little further!

Pay with cash

Is it us, or has contactless become the arch nemesis? Just a swipe of the card and everything’s paid for! It’s become far too easy to take your card out and pretend that money in the bank is endless. Start using cash – you’ll be able to keep track of what you’re spending! Keep the card locked away at home, it’s for your own good!

Use your NUS extra student discount

Well, that’s just obvious! With more than 200 online and high street discount partners, you can save £’s on your uni essentials, meals out and shop with your NUS extra card. It’s just £12 for 12 months, not bad eh?

Buy in bulk

Save yourself hundreds over the year by bulk buying your daily essentials. From toilet roll to pasta, it will give you peace of mind knowing you’re unlikely to run out soon and it’s saving you money in the long run.

Save in a piggy bank

It’s old school but you’ll get a real sense of achievement if you manage to save some money into one without taking it back out again! Think ahead to an occasion coming up (Christmas is only 15 weeks away!) and put some money in the piggy each week or month.  When you’re ready to spend, take the money out and not worry about having to find it from elsewhere. Make sure you treat yourself too, you’ve saved for it!

Prepare your own lunches

Instead of forking out money every day to buy your lunch, get organised and make your own! You’ll save loads of money by prepping your own food. Take a look at our Food Hack blog for some tips!

Stay in

Instead of blowing your week’s food and socialising budget in one go, have a night in! Invite your friends over, ask them to bring a dish and make your own entertainment. Start a box set or watch a scary movie.