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Living on a budget

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“Spend within your means!” – so much easier said than done. Especially with the added pressure of wanting to make the most out of our social lives at uni; constantly panicking about your dreadful bank balance becomes a common occurrence. But as uni students there are plenty of ways that we can make our pounds stretch further than ever before thanks to the abundance of student deals around town and handy apps that make this budgeting thing a little less difficult.

Here are my top tips for actually living, not just surviving, student life:

Know about the best deals

The best part about living in a student friendly city is the student friendly price that come along with the package. Make sure you are in the know about money-saving deals through the different portals available. Take a look at useful sites like Get into Newcastle, Student Beans and of course good ol’ Unidays.

Get busy in the kitchen

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What better way to not only save some money but to also foster a skill that will be of use for years to come? Allocate a weekly budget for ingredients and also buy in bulk if it works out cheaper. I’d also recommend sharing food shopping and cooking with your flatmates or freezing meals for a later date.

Prioritise expenditure

The bitter truth is that sometimes we can’t have it all.  Making a hierarchy of what’s most important for the upcoming month has helped me. Surely your food fund is more important than buying that pair of shoes, right?

Rely on technology

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Download money saving apps to help you make the most of your money. Apps like VoucherCodes and mySupermaket are life-savers to be able to get the most value for money options while not compromising standards.

If you follow these simple steps it will make balancing your student finances a fun and easy job!

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