Easy ways to save money at University

University can be expensive, with the cost of textbooks, living and socializing. With the average student funding, not covering the cost of residences in university here are a few tips on how to save money. I work two jobs and university and enjoy socializing with my friends, traveling and eating good food which can be costly so I have developed some money saving tips to share with you.
Number 1
I would advise everyone to do cost comparisons between supermarkets and shops like Boots and Superdrug for toiletries. I have found that Superdrug can be much cheaper than supermarkets and often has deals for Beauty card holders along with a student discount with Unidays! You even get points to save on future purchases. This can save a small fortune over a semester. It can be a bit of an inconvenient as you need to go into town on a separate trip, so I try to pick products up on my way past when I know they are running low.
Number 2
I would advise everyone to get a Club card. The points quickly add up giving me on average 30-50 pounds back a semester to spend on food or gifts at Christmas time. A great thing about the club card scheme is you can exchange your points for vouchers. For example, you can triple points on hotels.com, i.e. at five-pound voucher is £15. As an avid traveler, this has given me great deals on hotels across Europe.
Another thing to remember about big supermarkets is they often have reduced food, If like me you like to meal prep for the week this can save you a ton of money especially on meat which can be gotten for less than half price.
A would also advocate buying of non-perishable products, such as washing up liquid when it is on a deal in Tesco. This saves money but also means no one in the flat as to walk to the shops in the rain when you have run out of the liquid and no one can do dishes!
Number 3
University email addresses can be flooded with surveys and competitions to fill out to win Amazon vouchers. I try to always fill these out, having won £100 pound amazon and Tesco voucher before they can be rewarding and only take a couple of minutes to complete.
Number 4
My last tip is to keep an eye out for local deals in pubs, bars, and restaurants. This means you can still enjoy going out for a lot less! For example, Boozy Cow in Dundee offers a discount on food and Boozy brew for students, as well as a free milkshake for submitting an essay. Braes have a reward card and have Wing Wednesday, which is beloved by students. Finally, Mozza and Dukes corner have a similar deal of 5 before 5, meaning you can eat out for a fiver! Keeping an eye out for this deals can really help stretch that student budget further!

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Hi, I'm a third Year Civil Engineering student. I hope you enjoy reading my blog about life at the University of Dundee.

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