Freshers week budgeting tips

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Make your first week away from home a little easier with these money-saving tips.

Store cupboard essentials

Be canny with your groceries and food cupboard basics now and you won’t be caught out at the end of term when your student loan is dwindling.

Budget-friendly foods such as pasta, rice, oats, tinned tomatoes and stock cubes will keep for ages and are great for those go-to meals when money is tight.

See our University Checklist of essentials

Smart shopping

The big food shop on moving-in day can get pricey, but there’s no need to give up your favourite brand of baked beans just yet.

As part of the Tesco Brand Guarantee, you'll be refunded the difference if any branded items you buy are cheaper at Morrisons, Sainsbury’s or Asda (when you buy 10 or more different products). We check our competitor’s promotions, too, so you won’t miss out on the latest deals.

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Books on a budget

Course textbooks can really bust the student budget, but there’s no need to buy new ones. Try readitswapit.co.uk first, and see if you can get them for free instead.

It’s also worth contacting previous students through Facebook groups, or your course leader, to see if you can buy their old books at a discounted price.

Freshers week freebies

It’s worth attending as many freshers fairs as you can muster, as local businesses and brands often hand out lots of freebies, from pens and posters, to t-shirts and tote bags. Before you know it you’ll have a year’s supply of stationery without spending a penny.

Cheaper travel

Make sure you register for a 16-25 Railcard to save a third on those trips back to the ‘rents when you’re in need of some home cooking. For even bigger savings, get discount on your railcard with Tesco Clubcard.

If you plan on taking your car to university, not only will you be the most popular person on campus, you can also get a great deal on car insurance, with Tesco Box Insurance.

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