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Top ways of saving money

If you’ve used our Budget Planner, you should have a pretty good idea of how much you spend and on what. Economising is not about giving up everything you enjoy, but learning to compromise and finding cheaper alternatives. Here are a few simple ideas on where to save money; click in the links below for more information.


You don’t have to spend a fortune to look smart. Shop at discount clothing stores and look-out for sales

Council TaxCouncil Tax

Most full-time students are exempt from paying council tax, but you must inform your local council of your student status.

Daily ExpensesDaily expenses

By making small changes to your daily routine, you can make valuable savings

Entertainment & Leisure Entertainment & leisure

Take advantage of student nights and cut price tickets at bars, clubs, restaurants and cinemas.

Food & ShoppingFood & shopping

Cooking at home can save you money and be healthy. Buying supermarket brands and taking advantage of promotional offers can also reduce costs


Insuring your belongings will costs less than replacing them. Look for deals and choose the right level of insurance for you.

Textbooks & EquipmentTextbooks & equipment

Books and equipment can be sourced from fellow students and if you need to purchase try to use second-hand stores



Walking or cycling is a cheap and healthy way of getting around. Your NUS extra card also entitles you to discounted ticket prices.

TV, Phone and BroadbandTV, phone and broadband

Getting your TV, phone and broadband as a package can work out cheaper than purchasing each service individually

Utility BillsUtility bills 

Make sure you are getting the best deal from your gas or electricity supplier - switching to a different provider could save you money

Take advantage of your NUS extra card! It entitles you to various discounts in many shops, cinemas, bars, restaurants as well as certain mobile phone, insurance and travel companies.
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