• As student budgets get tighter, I thought I would do a quick round up of some of the best student budgeting ideas I have seen over the past few months.

    Saving money on food:

    Savvy shopping - look out for deals at the supermarket, supermarket own brands can often save you a fortune, shop at the end of the day when many items are discounted and look at shopping at the local market as it is often cheaper.

    Make packed lunches, rather than buying a sandwich or salad. 

    Another great money saving good idea is to make large portions of food and divide into portions to freeze. Feel like you don't have time? A slow cooker is perfect as you can pop on in the morning and it's ready when you get home.

    Avoid expensive takeaway pizza - make your own. How about a making a yummy tortilla pizza
    If you can avoid dining out why not cook for each other. Or if you do dine out look for deals on days like Monday and Tuesday when many restaurants are quiet.

    Make the most of discounts - NUS gives you great discounts, Voucher Codes, Pizza Express, etc.

    Stock up on freezer items:

    • Fish and meat - divide into separate individual portions and put in food bags before freezing (especially useful if you have picked up a bargain at the supermarket which goes off the same day) 
    • Frozen vegetables will save you a fortune compared to fresh veg
    • Think about things you can freeze so they don't go off - e.g. loaf of bread.

    Consider sharing basics with your flat mates:

    • Milk
    • Butter 
    • Cheese 
    • Tin foil/cling film
    • Toilet rolls (if it's a communal bathroom)
    • Washing up liquid/sponges/tea towels
    • Washing powder/fabric conditioner

    Saving money more generally:

    Look into reduced medical costs (e.g. NHS England).

    Look into getting a travel card to save you money. Even if you are a mature full-time student you still qualify regardless of age (e.g. National Rail and Oyster

    Look into getting some part-time work in shops and bars to make some extra cash.

    Beauty and spa deals - sign up for money saving deals like Wowcher and Groupon.

    Check out local colleges to see if they have a beauty and hair salon. Although, it will be student cutting your hair/applying the treatment, they are usually supervised by their tutors and you could save £££s. A good webstite I have found is www.beautyfinder.co.uk

    Has anyone else got any great student budgeting ideas?

    Helen xoxo