As the old saying goes, “look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves”.
Being a student (especially an unemployed student), makes looking after the pennies all the more important. There are lots of things you will want to do during uni, so not wasting money unnecessarily can give you extra cash to spend on things you really enjoy.
We have put together some money savings tips to help you out a bit. Just call us Martin Lewis.
5 MONEY SAVING TIPS FOR STUDENTS
Get yourself a yLink card
Getting to and from uni may mean taking the bus or getting a train for those who don’t drive. If this is the case for you, make sure you get your hands on a Translink yLink card. The yLink card means you save 1/3 off all Translink bus and rail travel across Northern Ireland, plus up to 50% discount on Enterprise services if you fancy a day-trip to Dublin.
I think we can all admit, there was a time when shopping at Lidl was frowned upon. However, if the funds are low, Lidl is the way to go (said no one ever, but you get the point). Discount supermarkets like Lidl can save you serious cash on a food shop, which could mean a guilt-free night out at the end of the week. If you can’t get all you need, shop around in the likes of Tesco and Asda for their own brands. Lots of own brand products taste exactly the same as the branded equivalent but cost half the price. You should also keep an eye out for the yellow sticker reductions, where you can get your hands on some short-date bargains.
Who doesn’t love a trip to Ikea?! Ikea have everything you need covered, from bedroom furniture, kitchen and bathroom essentials to all the little extra bits you need to make your student house a home (for another year). Although running into Primark or B&M might be more convenient, if you want to save a few quid and grab some bargains, you will thank yourself for heading to Ikea. With Translink running a bus from the city centre in Belfast to the Holywood Exchange, getting there is super easy. Plus, with the 1/3 off your travel you could even treat yourself to a portion of those famous meatballs!
Lots of cinemas offer reduced student prices, so don’t be afraid to show that student card! Movie House Cinemas and Odyssey Cinemas both offer student discounts, with Odyssey also offering a free membership which enables you to £3 movie showings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, meaning a trip to the cinema doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg!
Buying toiletries such as shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste etc can add up. Save yourself a few quid and hit the pound shops. These products are normally a lot cheaper compared with buying them in supermarkets or the local shop, so it is a good idea to stock up while you are there.