Checking your bank balance after student loan day, makes you feel like a total baller.
You’ll be thinking, “DAYMN, I’m so rich! Drinks on me tonight, huns!” but, WAIT! If you’re not careful, all this dollar can get gone faster than a Tinder date that turns up with a kid in tow.
To avoid getting stuck in your overdraft and having to live off budget beans on toast all term, it’s our money saving tips for millennials to the rescue.
Know your discounts
Making the most of student discounts is a no-brainer, so make sure you’re clued up.
Get yourself an NUS card to unlock loads of awesome deals with brands like ASOS, The Co-op, Superdrug, Dominos – the list goes on. Amazon also gives students a free 6 month trial of Amazon Prime. *signs up immediately*
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Maccies gives students a FREE cheeseburger or McFlurry when you buy a meal. Life changing.
The savvy shoppers amongst you will be familiar with the discount section of any supermarket – a goldmine for foodie bargains. Yellow sticker? That’s going STRAIGHT in your basket.
Another foodie hack is to ONLY buy own brand. Take it from us, there is no shame in buying Asda’s own brand tampons and Sainsbury’s Basics vodka. You’re a basics bitch now. Own it.
Just don’t let anybody look in your food cupboard.
Avoid full-price textbooks
Sadly, your course reading list will probably cost you more than a flight to Las Vegas (and back). CRY.
Before rushing into buying brand new textbooks that, let’s face it, you’re probably not going to read anyway, talk to older students (or ask on the FB page) to find out which books they actually used on the course, then buy them second hand.
Oh, and take full advantage of the free ones in the library (just make sure you take them back on time).
We can’t believe we’re about to say this, but one of the easiest ways to save those precious pennies is to walk EVERYWHERE.
Swap spenny Ubers for walking where you can or even, dare we say it, take the bus.
Sure, you run the risk of being called a ‘bus w**ker’, but when you’re splashing the cash on M&S meal deals by day and bottles of Grey Goose by night, who’s the real winner?
Ditch the gym membership
Top money-saving tip: Don’t bother joining the gym because you’ll literally go once (if that).
Instead, run to the chip shop for your cardio or use cans of tinned tomatoes as weights for an at home strength session.
All the gains, for a fraction of the price. Your wallet thanks you.
Think outside the box
What about haggling?
You could try baking some cookies for your landlord in an attempt to knock a few quid off your rent. Or barter with Debbie in Poundland to try and bring down the price of that toothbrush multi-pack. Desperate times call for desperate measures. No judgement.
Get a Revolution Card!
Finally, the best money-saving tip BY FAR is to bag yourself a Revolution Card, of course.
Say yes to super good deals on all of your favourite drinks including cocktails, beer and prosecco, ALL year round for just £5!
Yeah, you read that right. Don’t be a fool and get your Revolution Card right now.