How to make your student loan go further!

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Just been paid your student loan payment?

 

Your bank balance looks great on the first day, but it doesn’t last long and you have to think about how you are going to manage the next 12 weeks of food and fun!

Here’s YEUK Youth Ambassador of 2014 AJ’s tips on making it go that little bit further this term…

Being a student is super expensive, especially if you are career- orientated like me. There are expenses involved with volunteering, attending talks and attending assessment centres (although most companies do reimburse you, it is after the fact).

So, how do I make my student loan stretch further so I can do all these things!?

  • Get yourself a NUS card from £12 it saves you loads of money on the things you would normally buy.
  • Get yourself a 16-25 railcard. Snap this up you won’t be this age forever! This comes in real handy when attending assessment centres or conferences which are usually in London or Birmingham.
  • Ever used cash-back sites? Before I purchase anything, I look whether the shop is on Quidco or TopCashBack. These are free to join and give you cash-back on purchases that you can either have back as Tesco points, Amazon vouchers (good for university books) or straight-forward money
  • Coupons! My friends laugh at me about all the free events, samples and coupons that I get. Having discounts or free days out saves money for petrol, clothing and food associated with attending events. I always look on The National Trust website for events and events put on by the local council such as The Love Festival
  • Get free samples to test and leave feedback! I am signed up to Bzz Agent which sends you free samples (this month it is four full sized bottles of Frizzi) and all I have to do is post reviews on Facebook!

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