Money-saving tips for savvy students

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Jasmine Birtles, founder of, offers her expert advice on stretching your student loan.

Quick cashback

Download the Quidco app for money-off deals in shops and restaurants near you. Sign up, register your bank cards and shop away – you can earn cashback on purchases made online and in-stores at various retailers.

Clothes swap

If you fancy perking up your outfits, try They let you advertise clothes you don’t want on your own shop and others can offer you cash or their clothes in exchange.

Leftover logic

Don’t ditch leftovers, they can make a cheap and easy meal. Throw leftover veggies in a wok with some soy sauce and chilli sauce for an easy stir-fry. Tesco Real Food has some clever leftover recipes to get you started.

Cheap calls

If you have to sort out a gas bill or call the electricity people, use to find a landline number instead of the pricey 0870 one. Download too and get them to ring the number at the cheapest rate.

Student discount

Make the most of your student status and sign up to online newsletters for exclusive offers and bargains. Try and for starters. Find out where you can use your NUS card too at UNiDAYS.

Budget haircut

When it comes to getting a haircut, get a free consultation at an upmarket salon and then relay their suggestions to your student-budget hairdresser.

If you want colours or special cuts, find a salon looking for hair models. It might be a trainee doing it but they’ll be supervised by a professional, and you’ll likely pay next to nothing.

Free software

If your uni doesn’t dish out Microsoft Office and antivirus for free, there are lots of alternatives online that won’t cost you a bean, but work just as well and are compatible with other software. Try LibreOffice, OpenOffice or simply use GoogleDocs. For an anti-virus try Avast, AVG or Sophos.

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