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Money Saving Expert: Karen’s top tips for saving your funds and continue having fun

Money Saving Expert: Karen’s top tips for saving your funds and continue having fun

Are you a student pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh, like me? While studying is exciting, it can be expensive too, especially in these times with the cost of living rising. But don’t worry; I’ve got you covered! By following these tips, you can save some money and still enjoy your time in Edinburgh.

Unlock hidden discounts, sign up for store apps and save some pocket money.

One way to save money while studying is to sign up for every store app that offers discounts. By downloading apps from stores like Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Lidl, and more, you can access exclusive deals and discounts. These discounts range from money off your purchases to providing you a small amount in exchange for each transaction and other benefits. By taking advantage of these offers, you can save money on groceries, household items, and other essentials.

Cooking at home and meal prepping can benefit your wallet

Of course, everyone knows this, but we don’t want to accept it. Eating out can be expensive, and buying pre-made meals and snacks can quickly add up. However, cooking your meals at home and planning your meals in advance can help you save money and ensure that you’re eating healthier food. Additionally, you can use leftover ingredients to create new meals, reducing waste and saving money in the process. Also, you can use social media to see some new ideas; on TikTok, I discovered the trick that you could gather your vegetable peelings and, at the end of the week, make some vegetable broth!

Take your reusable cup everywhere

If you’re a coffee or tea lover, bringing a reusable cup with you wherever you go can save you money in the long run. Many coffee shops and cafes offer discounts to customers who bring their own cups, reducing the cost of your daily caffeine fix. By investing in a reusable cup, you can save money and reduce waste at the same time.

Students in the DHT Hub
Bringing a reusable cup can save precious pennies!

Take advantage of meal deals

Taking advantage of meal deals at stores and Uni dinner facilities can save money and provide delicious, healthy food. Many stores offer meal deals that include a main course, side dish, and drink for a discounted price. Uni dinner facilities may also offer meal plans or discounts for students, providing you with affordable and nutritious meals that you can enjoy on campus.

Sharing is caring: join zero waste groups

Nothing is better than free stuff, am I right? There are some ways that you can get plenty of useful things for free. One is downloading the app Olio, which allows people to give away food and non-food items they no longer use. The only requirement is that you should go and pick them up. This is how I got a free coffee machine, blow dryer, and reusable cups. Additionally, you can join the Meadows Share Facebook group, which is specific to Edinburgh and operates on the same principle of sharing items for free. By joining these communities, you can access free things and reduce your expenses even further.

In conclusion, studying for a Master’s degree at Edinburgh doesn’t have to break the bank. However, remember to enjoy yourself along the way! Treating yourself to the occasional night out or fun activity can help you stay motivated and focused on your studies. So go ahead, master the art of saving, and enjoy your time here!

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