It’s no secret that money is tight while you’re a student — but can you really live life to the full without racking up mountains of debt? Here are our top hacks for keeping your spending down while still experiencing it all during your studies.

Sign up to discount sites

Sites like Groupon and Wowcher are perfect for finding discounted experiences. Whether it’s meals at a fancy restaurant or experience days like paintballing and more, they’re the perfect way to do something different for less.

Signing up to their newsletters is the best way to keep up to date with the available offers. It only takes a second and can save you a lot in the future.


Shop in the right places

If you do fancy a spot of retail therapy, shopping in the right places will help you to pick up what you need for less. Stores like Brantano offer branded footwear like Nike trainers for less, while outlet villages like Dalton Park and McArthurGlenn are great for making a saving.

When shopping on the high street, always look for stores that offer student discount — and don’t be afraid to ask if it isn’t advertised!

When it comes to food shopping, supermarkets like Lidl and Aldi offer affordable fruit and vegetables, helping you to resist the draw of low-cost junk food, like pizza, chips and more.

Get cashback

Shopping online gives you the perfect opportunity to get cashback. By logging onto sites like Quidco and TopCashback before making a purchase, you can get a small percentage of your spend back.

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It’s really easy to do and a great way to start a savings fund. The cash will mount up in your account over time and, once the funds have been authorised by the retailer, you’re free to transfer the amount to your PayPal or bank account.

You’ll often find great cashback rates on larger purchases like car insurance or mobile phone contracts, so it’s well worth checking out.

All of the hacks listed above are really simple to do and will allow you to do more at university for less. Just remember to budget and try not to indulge too often — your finances might not be able to handle it!