Thrifty tips for student living
We all know that being a student is hardly the most glamorous of lifestyles. But rather than living on a diet of brown rice and water, with a little bit of planning, we can enjoy student life that’s not only enjoyable, but often surprisingly varied too!
The key thing is to plan in advance. Whether it’s scouring the internet for the latest sales on furniture, or budgeting for travel expenses, there’s nothing better than being prepared!
Day to day living costs should be examined carefully when planning how you’ll be spending your student loan over the year. Probably the worst thing that we can do is to exist on a diet of nothing but takeaway food as it’s the fastest way to blow your budget and it’s pretty unhealthy too.
Planning a weekly food budget is a good way to get to grips with financial matters. And whilst there should always be an element of spontaneity, knowing that you’ve got at least one warm home-cooked meal planned per day can make things a lot easier in the long run.
Whilst we’re not expecting all students to be making an appearance on Masterchef anytime soon, even something as simple as pasta or jacket potatoes can be made a whole lot more appetising thanks to these student-friendly recipes.
One thing that catches a lot of home-leavers out is how decrepit many student homes can be. Although moving in with a group of friends is fun, there’s nothing glamorous about freezing to death whilst you’re trying to write a dissertation. These draught-blocking tips can do much in helping to keep you warm whilst reducing your heating bills, and if in doubt, there’s no shame in wrapping up warm in bed to do your studies!
Other than the distraction of sleep, the other issue with studying from under your covers in a student home is the quality of the beds – and there’s nothing worse than having to sleep in a rickety old mattress. Thankfully, retailers like Bedstar frequently have sales on a range of beds and mattresses types which means that even the most thrifty of students can achieve a decent night’s sleep.
Time-sensitive sales like these should be taken advantage of for all areas of the student lifestyle whether it’s booking train tickets way in advance, or even getting an early bird ticket to a music festival. It all just goes to show that whether you’re investigating a bed sale or planning a week’s food, a little bit of planning goes a long way!
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