My Top Five Student Money Saving Tips

Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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I graduated from university two years ago and it was one of the best decisions I've made, even though my choice of degree isn't what I want to do now but I still have BSc (Hons) after my name! I loved my time at university even though it can be very stressful, difficult and if you are living away from home as my sister is now, then it can also be a difficult time financially. Here are some of my quick money saving tips: 

1. Savings and student bank accounts

Firstly, setting up a savings account is essential, especially as a student when all you want to do is nap and spend all of your student loans! Additionally make sure you look at all of the options for student bank accounts as there are numerous options available. TSB have a really useful savvy student guide which you can check out. Also setting a small amount of money aside is a great way of watching what you are spending/saving and if it is a small amount then it won't seem like you have no money to spend on yourself. 

2. Discount codes/websites/stores

While at university and sixth form college, I had a Unidays account which provides amazing discount codes for so many websites such as Asos and Topshop which came in so useful as no one likes to pay full price for anything, lets be honest (and it's free to join). In some stores in the UK you can just show your student ID card and you can get a 10% discount, I used mine in Topshop stores and Apple have student discounts too. 

3. Cheaper alternatives

Finding cheaper alternatives can save so much money as you don't need to buy the best brands all of the time, the store own brands are usually just as good. Also cheaper stores such as Aldi are amazing for students (well everyone really) as you get SO much for your money. As I'm a beauty blogger, I have to mention makeup at least once, switching to cheaper brands isn't difficult and it doesn't always compromise quality. Makeup and beauty brands such as Makeup Revolution, Nivea, Simple, Library of Fragrance and Essence are some of my favourite beauty brands which are so inexpensive but the quality is still fantastic. 

4. Reduce impulse spending 

Reducing impulse spending on food is an easy way to save some cash, as you can plan meals and snacks ahead of time so you don't have to go to the canteen or shop to buy more food or usually more expensive food when you could have made something at home. This method also helps with clothes shopping, I do most of my clothes shopping online so I can use discount codes but don't get carried away. Willpower isn't one of my strong suits but exercising it when you are feeling spendy will save a surprising amount of money. Friends and bloggers are great enablers but before buying something, particularly if it is a little pricey, I always ask myself - do I really need/want it...if it's makeup then the answer is usually yes.  

5. Earn extra money

This may seem like a no-brainer or as a student you might not have time for a 'proper' job but there are other ways to earn a little extra cash or online vouchers. I have been writing product reviews on Dooyoo and Ciao on and off for about five or even six years. For the first couple of years I did receive quite a lot of amazon vouchers and a very small but steady stream of money every month or two so it is definitely worth a shot (you have to be consistent though)! There are also a lot of online survey sites out there that pay but I personally haven't tried them. 


If you have any money saving tips leave them in the comments below! This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with TSB. 


What do you think of my money saving tips? 

24 comments

  1. I've made myself stop going overboard with spending this year.. I used to just buy clothes and makeup for the sake of it but I'm doing really well so far :) I definitely think that using voucher codes etc. helps, and it's amazing how much you save by shopping in Aldi's instead of Tesco. Plus the food is exactly the same! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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    1. I was the same, buying things for the sake of buying things - it wastes so much money! xx

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  2. I used to use ciao and dooyoo a few years back, it was rather addictive, but I know dooyoo changed and wasn't that good, is it still the same?
    Amy at amynmore.co.uk

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    1. Dooyoo has changed for the worse, I'd definitely recommend Ciao though x

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  3. For me, it's very, very VERY important to google for coupons and discounts before shopping. A tip from my mom and works like 95% of the time! Haha! Great post! It's great to save and be wise with money <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'

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    1. I always look for discounts whenever I shop xx

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  4. Really great tips - discount vouchers were my best friends at uni!

    Rachel - Cake Doesn't Countx

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  5. Earning extra money is so important during studies. Lovely tips!
    Nati xx
    www.simplyartdicted.com

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  6. Great tips! Thanks for sharing! And those memes at the top were all super funny. Love em.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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  7. Definitely agree with this and wish I hadn't blasted my credit rating as soon as I turned 18, am trying to repair that slowly now ;) xxx

    BlondeOfCarbs

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  8. So helpful for me haha! I love discounts, losing it next year because I'm leaving uni :(

    Anything & Everything | Bloglovin'

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    1. I hated not having student discount when I graduated :( x

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  9. Loving your post dear!

    www.theprintedsea.blogspot.com

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  10. Great tips! Being student and having a limited budget is really hard. I used to answer surveys and redeem coupons :) x

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. It is, I always use coupons and codes xx

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  11. Reducing impulse spending is so difficult! Thanks for the tips!

    A Little Dose of Makeup

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    1. It is but it saves so much money, for me anyway x

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  12. These are great tips for everyone. I am an impulse buyer, and I know it needs to stop. eek!

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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