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.