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We know food shopping whilst at university can be expensive and can eat into your student budget, so we’ve put together a list of some essential top tips for saving money whilst still enjoying your food.
1. Swap fresh for frozen!
Frozen food is a student’s best friend, it’s both cheaper and has a longer self-life so it’s a double bonus. Did you know that frozen chicken is half the price of fresh chicken? Imagine how much you could save in a year. Don’t forget about frozen fruit and vegetables as well.
2. Plan Plan Plan!
Always take a shopping list with you to the shops, this will keep you on track and stop you being tempted by things you don’t need. Also, it’s a good idea to plan meals in advance so you only need to do one food shop a week, making budgeting a lot easier.
3. Don’t shop on an empty stomach!
Shopping when hungry never ends well. Shop after a meal and you’ll be less likely to impulse buy food.
4. Shop in the evening!
Supermarkets reduced food daily but it’s all about knowing when to go. For most supermarkets around 7pm is a good time to look for reduced items but if you’re really serious about getting some good bargains then speak to a staff member at your nearest store.
Signing up to store membership is a great way of hearing about the latest offers whilst gaining points that can be used for store discounts.
6. Batch cooking!
Cook in large batches, for example make a spaghetti bolognese and then divide it into portions and freeze, then all you have to do is defrost and enjoy. Easy, simple and cheap.
7. Never buy a 5p plastic bag
It may seem like a small amount but buying bags every time you go shopping soon adds up. Take a reusable bag to the shops and you’ll not only save the planet you’ll save money too.
Try to avoid brands they usually offer exactly the same product as a supermarket own brand for triple the cost. Don’t waste money on branded products shop smart and avoid big brands.
9. Price match!
Lots of supermarkets now price match one another, so you never need to worry about spending more because if you do they will give you the difference in store vouchers.
Why not also check out our blogs for more food ideas and recipes?
The average Student gains almost a stone
in their first TERM at University!
Check out our healthy snack recipes to stay healthy.
So we all know its not easy to stretch our Student Budgets, and its easy to pile on the pounds when we are buying Pot Noodles & snacking on the supermarket BOGOFS. According to a recent article in the Daily Mail, The average student gains almost a STONE in their first term at university - and spends almost £100 a week on food and drink! Even scarier, if you don't break the habit now then you may fall into the category: 'The average student gains two STONE in the first year of university.'
Now, don't think for one second that we are telling you to stop enjoying yourself, we all love a good pizza after a night out! However there are some daily changes you can make, and some truly amazing recipes to follow to make sure that those 'Treats' stay just that!
Recipe #1 - Speedy Cheap Low Fat Tomato Soup! (We know this sounds really weird, but don't knock it 'til you've tried it!)
Ingredients: (Makes 4-5 Servings)
x 2 Tins Carrots including the water
x 1 Tin Tomatoes
x 1 Tin Cheap Baked Beans
x 3 Pickled Onions
x 1 Vegetable stock cube
Salt & Pepper
Chuck everything in a bowl & blend! (You can even use a hand blender which are cheap as chips in the shops) Warm up when needed. That's it!
Recipe #2 - 2 Minute Hummus for under 50p! (You will literally never want to buy it ready made again!)
Ingredients: (Makes 5-6 Servings)
x 1 Tin Chickpeas
x 3 Tblsp Natural Low-Fat Yoghurt
Choice of seasoning: Salt & Pepper / Paprika / Lemon Juice
Drain Chickpeas, Chuck everything in a bowl & blend! So easy, and tastes 100 times better than shop bought!
Recipe #3 - The taste of Apple Crumble without the Calories!
x 1 Large or 2 Small Apples
x 1 Tblsp Mixed Ground Spice
x 1 Tblsp Granulated Sweetener
x 2 Tblsp Lemon Juice (Bottled or Fresh)
Slice Apples, put in a container with all of the other ingredients and shake! Don't forget the lemon - this preserves the apple. Eat within 12 Hours.
Recipe #4 - OMG Blueberry Oats
35 Gram Oats (or x1 Individual Sachet)
x 1 Handful Frozen Blueberries (Or any fruit you wish!)
x 1 Pot of Low Fat Yoghurt (any flavor)
Granulated Sweetener to Taste
The night before, mix everything together in a Mason Jar. Seal and leave in the fridge overnight. PERFECT For Hangovers. (You can thank us later.)
Recipe #5 - Cheap Chicken Tikka Salad
1/4 Bag 'Ready Cooked' Chicken Tikka
x 2 Handfuls Spinach
x 1 Handful Tomatoes
For The dressing:
x 1 tsp Granulated Sweetener, splash of white wine vinegar, x 1 tsp mint sauce.
The night before, mix everything together in a bowl or container. Mix dressing ingredients together & cover. Seal and leave in the fridge overnight to let the chicken defrost.
Don't forget to let us know if you try any of these recipes and what you thought of them! :) Want to see More Recipe ideas? Have a look at our Pinterest!
Student food doesn't have to mean beans on toast!
Check out our top 10 easy student recipes
and impress your flatmates!
Mmmmm.... Quick easy food! ❤ This Mexican delight is a definite crowd pleaser!
There really is nothing better than a homemade burger! They're packed full of flavour and easy to make. Serve with chips or salad, the choice is yours :)
A real comforter and a true reminder of home. This gorgeous dish is brilliant to serve the flat mates or even dividing up and freezing for quick future meals. Great with a slice of garlic bread and some salad.
We can't all afford take away all the time so why not cook your own noodles at home. They're simple to make and delicious to eat. If you don't fancy chicken, why not try beef or pork instead?
Need warming up on a cold day? Beef Casserole is a really simple dish to cook, which requires minimal effort. Cooked on the stove on in a slow cooker, it can be prepared in advance, perfect for those with late lectures and busy days.
The famous Sunday roast, packed full of flavour, it's a timeless classic. Some students wouldn't dare to attempt a roast but it's easier than you think. Once you know the basics you can add your own twist and will be cooking it regularly. You'll instantly become the best flat mate ever!
The pub grub classic which is so easy to copy at home. Serve with chips or for a twist, cut potatoes into cubes, add garlic granules and rosemary and roast for around 20-25 minutes. Simply Amazing!
Wake up your tastebuds with a good chilli con carne. It's an easy dish and you can alter the heat with the amount of chilli powder/ fresh chillies you use. There are many different recommended ways to cook rice but for perfect results every time, why not checkout our rice cooker ?
Everyone should know how to cook this! There really is not excuse to not be able to cook your own spag bol!. It's cost effective and doesn't have to be made with a hundred ingredients! Great for sharing or freezing for future dinners.
Suitable for vegetarians, aubergine parmigiana is a delicious dish to try. Layered aubergine, tomato sauce, cheese... it requires minimal ingredients and is a great vegetable dish with a fancy name. Great served with all sorts of roasted meats and with roasted fish as well for those who want to add meat to the dish.
Moving into university can be a mix of emotions, from excitement to stress and everything in between the first few weeks at university can be a challenge to say the least. So to help we’ve come up with some of our top tips to help you settle in and love university life.
1. Make sure your room feels like home!
There’s nothing worse than your uni room feeling like an empty prison cell (you know what we mean) make sure you decorate your room with plenty of pictures of your family and friends (our amazing Gripping Stuff Tape can help with that). Also why not get some cool posters or fairy lights (or both), just make sure that when you get back from a long day of lectures it feels like home.
2. Join a Society!
Societies are a great way to get to know people and let’s face it there’s a society for everything so there’s no excuse. Search what’s available at your university and see which ones you fancy joining.
Get to know the area you are now living in. Learn where all the convenience stores are for those late-night essentials, and of course find out where the best and cheapest bars, pubs and restaurants are.
4. Buy a hot water bottle and a blanket!
You’ll thank us on those cold winter nights. Students like to save money during winter so be sure to have a hot water bottle and a thick blanket to keep you nice and toasty.
5. Most importantly study hard and have fun!
Trust us when we say university is the best years of your life so study hard and enjoy it.
When the time comes to move out of halls or accommodation, it can be hard to know what to do with all your stuff. LOVESPACE have solved this problem for over 15,000 students, and they’ve even gone the extra mile to help you with your move by breaking it down into five easy steps:
Step 1: Check your universities guidelines
See if they have any specific rules for moving out, including dates and times. You might get an email with important information or general guidelines. If you have all the information, you can plan ahead so there’s no stress involved with moving out.
Step 2: Donate what you don’t need
At LOVESPACE donating your stuff couldn’t be easier. They have a partnership with OXFAM, which means you can pack a separate box of the things you would like to give away, and they deliver it to OXFAM for you, free of charge! It gets collected at the same time as your storage, so there’s no extra hassle involved.
Step 3: Decide where to store your things
If you don’t fancy packing up your belongings, piling them into a van and driving them to a storage unit, LOVESPACE is perfect for you. They collect, store and deliver your stuff, plus you can track everything online. Make life even simpler, order packing materials and boxes from them too. You can store for a month or many, the longer you commit to, the lower your monthly price per box. The best part is LOVESPACE deliver to any mainland UK address, not just where you had the boxes collected - perfect if you’re changing home or city next term. It’s next working day too, so you’ll have your things back in no time.
Step 4: Pack everything up
Use your LOVESPACE storage for it all, from your books to your bike. Once you have a collection date sorted, you can concentrate on getting your stuff in order. If you’ve ordered materials they come next day, so there’s no waiting around. You’ll even get labels so you can stay organised. The only thing to remember is to keep the boxes under 25kg to ensure safe transportation of your stuff.
Step 5: Enjoy hassle-free moving day
Let LOVESPACE do the dirty work so that you can make the most of saying goodbye to friends and making sure everything’s in order for the summer break. Use our final checklist for moving day and you’re ready for a well-deserved break:
If you have booked a collection from LOVESPACE, make sure you have access to the property on the day
Leave your accommodation clean and tidy and book a room inspection if necessary
Report anything wrong with your room e.g. a blocked sink
Don’t leave anything behind – make sure to do a double (or even triple) check
Return all the keys
Provide a mail forwarding address even if you’re returning after the break
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When moving out of home, its the simple things that most of us take for granted. But one thing that never quite makes the list is how to clean our pans...
First of all, there are two major different types of pans, stainless steel and non-stick.
'Metal pans rust when they come in contact with water and are not dried properly. Some rust because of humidity in the storage area and contact with air.' Read more about the different types of pans and how you can restore some here
The following goes for both of the above:
* Use plastic, wooden or silicon cooking utensils - these prevent the pan surface & coating from being broken
* Don't be tempted to cut your food whilst it's cooking, this can easily damage the pan to the point of no repair!
* Do not use abrasive scourers or brush pans, gently wipe a slightly cooled pan with a damp cloth and avoid letting food dry onto the surface.
* The correct storage of pans is often overlooked. If you can, hang your pans. If this isn't possible, keep them stacked away from sharp objects.
* Don't expose the saucepans to sudden temperature changes, such as rinsing in cold water whilst it's still hot.
* Always towel dry your pans - do not leave them to air dry after washing as this can make them liable to rusting.
* Avoid using the dishwasher or strong detergents such as bleach - always gently wash your pans in warm soapy water, or wipe with a damp cloth.
Hints & Tips:
To remove stains stainless steel pots & pans, soak them in 2 cups white vinegar for 30 minutes, then rinse them with hot, soapy water followed by a cold-water rinse.
If you have rust in a non-stick pan, avoid further use and treat your next ones with the love and attention they deserve.
Saving money may seem daunting or even
impossible at University...
Check out these hints & tips to help you!
Saving money may seem daunting or even impossible at university. But there are always ways you can get creative to cut down on spending. UniBooks.co.uk has come up with a list of top wacky ways you can save money!
1. Ditch the gym membership
Instead of getting a gym membership, use body weight exercises and cardio such as jogging. You can often join societies for free where you can exercise in a group, this is also brilliant for accountability and making new friends!
2. Cook in bulk at home
If you want to save as much money as possible you're going to have to cook at home. And if you want to save as much time as possible, cooking in bulk is the way to go! If you are lucky enough to have good house mates, you can organise a cooking rota to save even more time and money!
3. Cut down on meat
Reducing meat in home-cooked meals can save a ton of money. Swap for less expensive protein sources such as beans, legumes, nuts and seeds (side effects include benefiting the environment and your health!).
4. Make your own coffee
Instead of going to Starbucks every morning, you could easily whip up a fresh cup of coffee in your uni halls or house.
5. Share media streaming accounts
If you've got a media sharing account such as Netflix or Amazon Prime, you can split the bill by sharing with your uni mates.
6. Make your own gifts
Make your own gifts for birthday presents. Making your own gifts to give to friends and family is a great way to not only save money, but also to give something unique and personal to the recipient. A Google search will provide plenty of examples - a few include bookmarks, soap and edible goods.
7. Use the library
Use the library instead of buying university textbooks. However, sometimes this is extremely difficult due to limited library books. Or sometimes you just need to use a book all the time! In this case you can buy cheap books online through sites like UniBooks.co.uk.
8. Create your own deodorant
Creating your own deodorant is easier than you think. It only requires 3 ingredients. It might sound too wacky for you, but apparently it works better than conventional deodorant. Examples can be found here and here.
9. Get your hair cut for free
Many salon's across the UK will give free or cheap haircuts if you ask for a trainee hairdresser to cut your hair. You may need to do a bit of searching and calling to find one nearby.
Hopefully you can take something away from this list and implement it so you can start saving money. But don't stop here! Get creative and think up some other ways you can slash your spending.
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Living away from home for the first time can be
daunting to say the least...
Check out this advice from our friends at studenttenant.com!
We've teamed up with our friends at StudentTenant.com who understand the importance of knowing the process when it comes to the private lettings market. There is lots of lettings jargon, so here we have given you an insight into some of the stickiest matters when it comes to renting for the first time.
Finding the right house:
Sounds really simple right? It’s surprising how many people waste heaps of time viewing loads of houses, and then end up with one that they don’t actually like. Do your research before you book your viewings; check the price, location, and features of that particular house before you book to view. If you like it, reserve it - the best properties will always get snapped up very quickly.
When moving into a shared house it is really important to know how you are going to keep on top of your utility bills. The main utilities you will need to cover are gas, electricity, water (both waste and fresh water), broadband (for which you will usually need a telephone line), and TV licence. If you are a student you will generally exempt from paying Council Tax. Some properties include the rent within the bills, but for those that don’t it is highly recommended to take out a bills package where you can pay a fixed amount for your bills every month. You can arrange one here http://bit.ly/bills-package.
Protecting your valuables is a must when you move out. Contents insurance is a pretty cost effective way to make sure you are covered in the event of any unwanted occurrences. There are loads of different options out there, and lots of insurance companies catered specifically towards those living in a shared house.
If you are required to pay a deposit on your property, legally these have to be placed within a government protection scheme. Your deposits act as a security to protect landlords against any damages or non-payment of rent at the property. It is important to make sure you are given the name of the scheme your deposit is protected with, and to ensure you know how to request your deposit back at the end of the tenancy.
It is really important when you book a property to read through, understand, and ensure all parties sign a tenancy agreement. This will lay out yours and the landlords or agents obligations, and it is vital you know what is expected of you as a tenant. If you have a guarantor they will also need to understand the terms, as their obligations are also applicable to your tenancy. Guarantors will usually have to sign a separate agreement to determine they will be your guarantor, making them legally liable to pay your rent should you fail to do so.
If you need any further information on any of the above or you are looking for a shared house go to www.studenttenant.com, get in touch with the StudentTenant.com team on 0208 434 7246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
No matter how skilled and proficient you are at
packing, when going off to university for the first time,
you might want to leave the following out.
No matter how skilled and proficient you are at packing, when going off to university for the first time, you’re guaranteed to arrive with a pile of items you don’t need and won’t use.
Every Fresher does it. After all, it’s likely to be your first time living on your own, in the throes of complete and utter independence, so naturally, you’ll have no idea what you need to take to Uni and what can be left behind.
So to help you lighten your luggage and avoid avoid overpacking, here is a handy list of things you absolutely do not need to bring to university.
Bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and additional beauty products can add considerable weight to your luggage and which can create issues if you’re travelling by plane - where every kg counts. As you can easily and inexpensively purchase toiletries when you get to university, it’s best to leave behind as many products as possible.
- Old School Books and Notes
Although you might want to be the most conscientious student and start your university life prepared and ready, it’s not necessary to take all your old school books, folders and files. When you get to uni, you’ll be starting from scratch and most of your work from school or college will be irrelevant. It’s extremely unlikely that you will need all your old school books or folders, but if by chance you do, you can always use a cheap parcel delivery service or a student shipping service to get the item to you.
In addition, avoid buying the entire recommended reading list for your course. Wait until you start your studies to see what reading material you need to purchase and which you can borrow from the library or do without.
- Your Entire Wardrobe
Your clothing space in your university halls or accommodation won’t be that generous, so although it’s tempting, try not to bring every garment you own as there just won’t be enough space. When sorting through your packing, make it a rule to leave out anything you haven’t worn in over a year. Also, at university, you’ll spend a lot of time in your room wearing pyjamas, loungewear and comfortable clothes. As long as you have a good selection of these and a couple of presentable outfits, you’ll survive.
- A Printer
If your course requires you to print a lot of pages, then your own printer may be worthwhile. Otherwise, it will be a waste of space. The university’s own printers will be just as handy and you won’t be bombarded with requests from friends to “just print one little page” for them.
- Your Car
Your car may be an essential part of your daily life at home but at university, it’s somewhat of an unnecessary luxury. Most universities are centrally located within walking distance of most shops and public transport is just as efficient. Parking at university can also be a hassle as spaces are limited and expensive.
Written by Lana Richardson, blog editor for UniBaggage.com - The No 1 Student Shipping Company. Get 5% off any Uni Baggage booking by using the code UNIKITOUT5 at the checkout.
We asked graduates for their take on this, the main
feedback we get fed like a broken record is
"I wish I had looked into my course more."
So your done with College, you and your friends from school all took Art because 'It was the easiest choice...'
You envisaged lazy afternoons painting canvasses overlooking beautiful scenery's smoking roll ups and 'finding yourself' whilst skipping the odd class in attempt to look over 18 at the local boozer where they were all too familiar with students' pretending they just got off a 9-5. Next thing you know, 2-3 years of blissful, carefree college life has passed and your family members keep asking; "So, whats next for you?" And "What do you want to be?" You suddenly realise that you have absolutely no clue of your preferred career path and begin to panic. You naively assumed that one day it would just 'come to you' and your epiphany would tell you that you are destined to be a Designer, Teacher, Rocket Scientist, <Insert childhood career dream here>.
BUT it didn't. Sure your grades are passable, you haven't just wasted the last few years, even if you don't end up going down the path of whatever you choose to study at uni then it still shows discipline and commitment, making you a more desirable applicant for that job right? RIGHT?? A recent article in the Telegraph quoted: 'Almost half of University leavers take on non-graduate jobs' The study by the Office for National Statistics found that 47 per cent of employed workers who left university within the last five years are performing roles which do not require higher education qualifications.
We asked graduates for their take on this, the main feedback we get fed like a broken record is "I wish I had looked into my course more." Or "I should have chosen another path." In a nutshell, we suggest you start with the following bullet points:
Don't: Choose a course because all of your friends are - Uni is one of the easiest places to make new friends, and sticking to your besties like glue is unhealthy!
Don't: Decide on something because you think it will be an 'easy ride' - If you don't enjoy what you are doing there's a limit on how long you will be able to stick at it.
Don't: Listen to myths! If you want to study a course at Cambridge, apply to Cambridge! You don't HAVE to have come from a private school, or live in a listed building.
Don't: Let your decision be swayed by anyone else. Yes it's great when people offer advice, but you have to do what is right for YOU.
Don't: Feel like you have to have all of the answers now. If you are enjoying your course, working hard and getting the grades, the rest will come.
Do: Thoroughly research the course, attend open days, speak to current students - spend time and money on research and you could save yourself a fortune in the long run.
Do: Pick something you are passionate about, not peer pressured into - ever met a florist with a law degree? We have!
Do: Check out work experience options - there's nothing quite like deciding on a career than actually doing it. Most companies will be happy to take on an extra pair of hands - Just ask!
Do: Look at the the three Cs: city life, course modules and career prospects.
Do: Lastly, Trust your instincts - If your course choice feels right, it probably is.
Now is the time when moving to University becomes
more of a reality than a fantasy...
and also when the panic kicks in!
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Here you will find our Top Tips of how to prepare yourself for (most probably) one of the most nervwracking and exciting times of your life!
Write a list - There's A LOT of stuff to remember when starting Uni, the more in advance you write a list, the more prepared you will be
Prepare ahead - Ok, so you can't prepare for everything, but knowing where you're going, the local bus routes and the best places to get a burger under £3.50 will save you a fortune!
Do some research - Speak to your friends, or anyone you know that has been to your Uni & learn from their mistakes!
Take each day as it comes - Don't expect to be blissfully happy in your new home straight away, moving away from home can be a daunting process and takes time to adjust.
Realise you're all in the same boat - Everyone at Uni will be feeling the same as you, talk to people and make friends along the way.
Ask for help - Your parents will probably be more than happy to help you pack and move, even if they don't have transport you can save 5% off at www.unibaggage.com using discount code UNIKITOUT5
Learn the basics - Unless you want to live on beans, toast and noodles, ask your parents and friends for basic cooking tips and make big meals that can be frozen in portions.
Stress - As daunting as it can be, try and relax and break up revision and your funds into bite size portions.
Worry if your move doesn't go 100% to plan - if you forget anything, you can order all of your student essentials through our site and have it delivered direct to your halls!
Spend all of your Student Loan in Freshers week - This is a BIG no no - plan your funds and give yourself a weekly allowance to ensure
Expect to be the 'perfect adult' straight away - Moving away from home is a learning process, you won't get everything right straight away (And most people will understand that!).