10 Ways to Thrive on a Budget | AD

Hello again,

In the past I’ve written posts about how to save money as a student and how to budget. People seemed to find these really useful, so, here is another!

Despite having a job while I study, I try and make the most of my money and make it last for as long as possible. Sometimes the best way to save money is taking advantage of apps and websites that literally exist to make things cheaper for you. So, here are some of the ways that you can save yourself a bit of money…

1. Get a railcard! I have a 16-25 railcard and it saves me so much money when I need to buy train tickets home. A lot of people don’t know that you can add your railcard to your Oyster card too. If you live in London you’ll know that the tube doesn’t come cheap. If you get yourself a railcard then you’ll have a discount for a whole year.

2. Treat yourself without bankrupting yourself. You shouldn’t stop having fun just because you’re scared of running out of money. By choosing restaurants that are within your budget you’ll get a lot more for your money. Some restaurants even offer student discount!

3. FatFingers. This isn’t something I’d thought about before but if you use eBay regularly, it’s definitely worth having a look. It’s basically a site that shows you items that are listed on eBay with spelling mistakes, which means no one is finding these items or bidding on them. You might find something you’ve been looking for and you could pay a lot less for it – all because of a spelling mistake.

4.  Take advantage of special offers. Invested in something like a TasteCard or Cineworld Unlimited, you can eat more food and watch more films for your money.

5. Think carefully about where you and your friends are going for a drink. There are so many pubs and bars in London that are actually affordable, Sam Smiths pubs for example.

6. Set yourself a budget for the day and stick to it. When you go out for the day in London it’s too easy to spend money. If you follow @SkintLondon on Twitter you’ll find so many things to do for under £10. If you live in London, you’ll know that a day out for £10 is a very reasonable price.

7. When it comes to buying your tickets home, check TicketClever. You might find that you can get your tickets cheaper this way. There’s a lot more information on their website but I will tell you that they have an “average customer saving of 58%” which is amazing seeing as train ticket prices in this country are extortionate.

8. If you haven’t used the check-in feature on Facebook, it might be time to start. The Drinki app will tell you where you can get free drinks for just checking into a venue on your Facebook status.

9. London has the best charity shops. So, if your taste is expensive and your budget is limited, you might want to consider having a root through some of the charity shops near you.

10. SpareRoom is something that a lot of you have probably already heard about. If you’re looking for a room to rent or if you have a spare room you want to fill, you might find that SpareRoom is the answer.

As always, thanks for reading!

Let me know the apps and sites that you use to save money too…

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Bye for now,

Courteney x


Thanks to TicketClever for sponsoring this post. 


30 thoughts on “10 Ways to Thrive on a Budget | AD

  1. I never thought to check Ebay for misspellings. What a great tip! I am going to use that all the time.

  2. What great resources you’ve shared to save but still have fun! Too bad we dont have these deals/apps/sites here in Cleveland! haha… But, I still use sites like Groupon to help me budget!

  3. These are such great tips. Being a poor college student was such a fun time in my life. It’s totally possible to live it up on a budget.

  4. So many cheaper places to go sometimes. Setting a budget for a night out is a great way to save your pockets and sanity.

  5. I’ve visited London but just for a vacation, not really to live there. I’m sure these are going to help a lot of people who are living or planning to live there, even those who aren’t students. Great tips!

  6. Very nice info on here. Yeah London is an expensive place – it isn’t easy when you live here. xx

  7. Great information here, London is quite an expensive place but I would love to live there at some point in my life

  8. My husband and I have been trying really hard to save better. One way we work on saving is doing a weekly budget. It helps not to blow through it or feel like you don’t have pennies to spend.

  9. It seems this is really more for those in London and there are some great ideas! I hope your readers take advantage of them!

  10. These are all great tips! I think that budgeting is so important! It gives me the permission to spend the money that I have already set aside – guilt free shopping is important to me 🙂

  11. When I was in college, my roommate and I used to treat ourselves to a special restaurant each semester. It made us feel like real adults. We also both loved to cook so we would try out fun recipes at home that were more expensive than our normal groceries, but nothing to crazy.

  12. The railcard and taste card are my best finds as a student! I’ve saved so much on train fares and I got my taste card free with my Nattiest student account. Great post! x

  13. These are wonderful tips! I’ve never heard of FatFingers! What a great site and a great tip!

  14. So many ways to save! I just tried ticketclever and I liked how they allow filtering tickets by price, speed or flexibility! Brillant!

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