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New books, new bag, new stationery… It’s that time of year again, where we just spend, spend, spend. So how do you make your cash go the distance and meet all those new term costs? Read on to find out…

Think Rationally

If you’re starting college or uni for the first time, it can be tempting to buy the very best of the best. You’ll pass window displays which show off all the latest notebooks, post-its, pencil cases, and more! They’ll draw you in with their pretty patterns and colours, but don’t fall for it! Shops like WHSmith, Waterstones, and Paperchase may specialise in these products, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get something just as good from Poundland. Think rationally here: that extra five quid you spend on stationery could be put to much better use. After all, a notebook is a notebook – does it matter where it comes from?

Travel Far For Less

Many of you rely on public transport to get to school, which can be all kinds of expensive. There’s only so long you can get away with that child ticket – yes, I’m talking to you, sixth years – but that’s not the only discount you can get. Did you know that with a Young Scot card or a 16-25 Railcard you can get 25% off of train fares? Check it out at www.16-25railcard.co.uk.

Second-Hand Saviours

Now, don’t turn your nose up at this one. I’m not suggesting you shop at charity shops all your life; but it wouldn’t hurt to look. For example, if you have to buy new books for your classes, the worst thing you could do is buy brand new ones if your bank balance is in a sticky situation. Look online, or see if someone who did the course last year is willing to sell their books. You can get it for as little as half of its original price – that’s what you call saving.

Food for Thought

If you go to university or your school’s located in a town centre, you’ll notice an abundance of cafes scattered around. There’ll most likely be one near the library, to tempt you when you’re at your weakest! You may be stressed and hungry – as all students are at one point – but don’t waste your money. Take a packed lunch to avoid the temptation to splurge on an over-priced panini. If you live at home, why spend your cash when you get food for free? Or, if you have to spend money, there’s plenty of places that do student discounts – always ask if they’ll accept your student card for money off.

Leisure Time

When you need a break from class, of course you’re going to hang out with friends. But you don’t need to break the bank when doing so. Have your Young Scot card on you at all times, and never be afraid to ask shops if they do student discounts (you’d be surprised!) Additionally, if you get the Amazon Local App, there’s an array of fun things at your fingertips – paintball, food, spa days – and all for a cheap price. What more could you ask for?

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