One of the most important things for students is saving money, and who better to advise you about this than the current students of Sheffield! I have compiled a ‘top 10’ of student’s most favoured money saving tips to assist any current or future students survive on a budget.
“Make meals in bulk and freeze the rest, it will make for loads of meals in the future and it is often the same price to buy larger portions from the supermarket. Or if you’re lucky, get your parents to make you up future meals that you can stick in the freezer for a later date!”
9“Sign up to Money Saving Sites”
“there’s some really useful sites on Facebook that you can sign up to. ’10 ways to have more money as a student, without working’ is great and constantly updates you on offers and competitions available. ‘Save the student’ is another with a similar concept.”
» there are a wide variety of sites dedicated purely to discounts for students; these also include studentbeans and UNiDAYS «
8“Set up an ISA”
“if you have any savings this is the best way of saving your money; an ISA gives you a better interest rate than any other savings account, and you can easily set it up alongside your student account.”
7“It’s all about the Value Food!”
“It’s important to familiarise yourself with low budget supermarkets. Aldi and Lidl are great on a low budget, and much cheaper than the others! The only problem is that they tend to be slightly out of reach, if one of you has a car make sure you take a weekly team trip!”
“Take the bus!”
“if you’re thinking about getting a taxi, get the bus instead. Most buses in Sheffield accept your student card, giving you a journey for just £1. It beats forking out any more of your precious money for the convenience”
5“Buy a cookbook”
“buy a cookbook specific to students; there’s loads about that are low budget, low maintenance cooking. In the long run it works out cheaper to make your own meals rather than buy pre – made ones, and it’s better for you!” » here is just an example of the many student cookbooks on the market and available to you to bring out your inner chef «
4“Head to the Market”
“The newly built ‘Moor Market’ is a great spot for cheap products; nowhere else can you get 5 massive potatoes for £1, cheap as chips!”
» the new Moor Market has been a great addition to Sheffield since it opened in 2013, with stalls catering for groceries, beauty, pets and crafts »
“familiarise yourself with any happy hours or promotional days on offer, it really pays off and means you won’t be feeling the strain on your wallet when eating / drinking out with friends!” » this post wouldn’t be complete without an insight from myself, as a renowned lover of happy hour and all things discounted!”
On the following days, Wetherspoons provides special offers on that specific item:
Tuesday – Steak Club
Wednesday – Chicken Club (‘Wing It’ Wednesday’)
Thursday – Curry Club
Friday – Fish Friday
Bungalows and Bears offers a 241 offer on all it’s burgers on a Tuesday. With toppings such as Pulled Pork & Smoked Chipotle Jam, Chorizo & Grilled Halloumi and even the extreme Fried Egg & Peanut Butter, it is not something to be missed.
Cavendish is a pub that is popular with students due to it’s location and low priced food and drinks. Specific offers are on a Friday; with two cocktails for £10, and two, 2-pint jugs of lager/cider for £10. Every day, there is an offer for £2.50 Jägerbombs or 5 for £10.
Foodwise, the pub offers a burger and a drink for as little as £5.95 (daily before 7pm) and a Full English Breakfast from £3.95
“your student card is like your bible, you should always have it with you! Whilst the university will provide you with a card which will make you eligible for various discounts, I’d recommend signing up to a few other student cards..”
This card is a bonus on top of your student card; there are some retailers who only accept this as a form of student identity, so I’d really recommend getting one. At just £12 they last you the whole year, it’s a bargain! You can also sign up for a 3 year subscription to save signing up again and again come each new year.
Revolution Student Card
The revolution student card is really worth a purchase; at just £2 it entitles you to offers such as 241 cocktails, £10 pitchers and selected food offers. With two Revolution’s in Sheffield it’s a great purchase that is guaranteed to be used regularly. (be warned, on a Friday and Saturday it is only valid until 9pm)
” Vouchercloud is a free app available on all smartphones; it offers money off vouchers such as dining, days out and retail. It’s main use is for restaurants, for those days where you really can’t be bothered to cook. It’s great and doesn’t break the bank, definitely the best app out there!”
Vouchercloud is available free on the App Store and Google Play Store. Associated restaurants include Ask, Frankie and Benny’s, Bella Italia and Pizza Hut (©cmvlive.com)