I have been thinking about doing this post for a while and I have only got round to it recently. I am a Student, I study Media and Creative writing so saving Money is always a plus for me. I thought blogging about this would be the right way to go. I must not be the only student who constantly worries about money. I am in my second year and during my first year, I worked alongside as a bar-maid. I love working, I love having a steady income, who doesn't? However, second-year has become so much harder. I no longer have any free days, I am always working on University projects. I quit my job at the very end of my first year and worked throughout the whole of the summer holidays at some other businesses to grow my CV and earn a little extra money. However, I decided that I didn't want to work in my second year. And I am so glad I did. I have been getting better grades and my work has become more focused. However, I no longer feel as comfortable with my money situation. I always have enough money, but I have recently become a lot more focused on saving money.
One of the ways I do this is through hot drinks. I know it sounds peculiar, but I spend SO MUCH money on coffee and tea. Usually, I will allow myself to buy a Starbucks coffee once a day, while I am at University. I am at university four days out the week, most weeks so that doesn't add up to much money depending on what I order. However, I definitely crave more than one hot drink a day. I have spoken about this before, but I carry tea bags with me. I carry herbal tea bags in a small bag, within my bag. I usually have a selection of green tea, spicy chai and berry blast tea, they don't take up much room and it saves me so much money. But also, I leave the house with a green tea/coffee in hand. I take my Starbucks reusable cup with me and take a coffee from home. I don't feel awake until I have my cup of coffee in the morning, so having a coffee in hand that will usually last me until I get to university is always a must.
Thirdly, turning off lights. When I used to live at home, my parents used to nag me about turning off the lights when I leave a room. I used to roll my eyes and proceed to leave every light on throughout the house. However, since moving into my student house, where I deal with the bills, I have found that turning off the lights does make a difference to the price of bills. I know that sounds stupid, like how did I not know that electricity costs money? I knew that it does, but I feel like now I am very aware of how much bills cost.
Finally, don't be scared to use your Student Id. I think this is something I personally forget a lot. I forget it carry it in my bag, I forget to ask shops if they accept it and I forget that it will save me a lot of money. Clothing shops like ASOS and Topshop will accept your student discount and give you some money off, which again, helps a lot. But also, keep your eye out for apps like Unidays and Student beans which will alert you when businesses are offering a discount for students on some of their products.
Obviously, there are so many more ways to save money and I would love to hear how you save money!
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