As a student, I’m always trying to stay conscious of what I’m spending my money on – and if there’s a way to find cheaper alternatives. Lately I’ve been finding a few successful methods of doing this, so I’m going to share them with you today! Obviously, seeing as I’m a student in Cork this list is mostly specific to Cork, but there are definitely the equivalents in Dublin, Galway, Limerick – wherever you are!
USE Your Student Card/ UNIdays
So many shops are student friendly nowadays – it’s definitely worth checking out which ones are! Whenever I’m buying anything I try to remember to ask if they do a student discount. From my experience, the best place in Cork for doing student discounts is Opera Lane – particularly New Look which do 20%. As well as that, if you’re online shopping make sure you’re signed up to Unidays as this allows you to put your student discount through online. If you’re paying entry to anything such as the cinema, or the theatre make sure to check as there will often be a student deal here too – even if you save a euro or two it all adds up!
Three Plus App
This is one I only discovered myself recently (shoutout to the nice guy in Captain Americas who helped out two struggling students). If you’re signed up to the network Three you can go to the app store, download the Three Plus App and sign up once the app is downloaded. On the app there is all sorts of really good deals, such as buy one get one free in Captain Americas, €1 breakfast burgers in Mc Donalds and discounts off Just Eat.ie. There are also really good cinema deals, such as 2 tickets for €10 at the gate – I can’t wait to use that one!
This one requires time, and lots of it. I have found some great bargains in charity shops, but this never happens unless I dedicate a whole afternoon to crawling through every charity shop in Cork. From my experience the best ones are Oxfam, on Cook Street and Enable Ireland on Oliver Plunkett Street. I’ve found plenty of nice jumpers in these shops, as well as a pair of Converse for a bargain of €8! If you’re looking for books to read also have a look here – although it won’t be a current bestseller, you might discover something new for as little as €2!
This one only works if you have a job, and it kind of goes against instinct too. When you’re sorting all you tax information, it can be confusing, and as a result of this I have left all of my pay on emergency tax in the past – this is somewhere around 40%. As a result, I’ve ended up being able to balance it at the end of the year, and got a nice little sum of savings back which basically feels like free money! While it seems natural to want to get all the money you are owed now, if you’re bad at saving this is definitely something to consider – your money is saved for you!
Sell Old Textbooks
If you’ve dropped any subjects, or changed courses or anything and have old textbooks lying around, get them together and sell them for a bit of extra cash! I know UCC’s Lower Case Books takes student’s books to sell with a 20% cut of the profits. If your college doesn’t do this there are other book shops which do so have a look around and find somewhere which will take them and your bank balance may look a bit happier as a result.
At the end of the day nothing is going to do more than staying aware of what you’re spending, and making sure it’s not all going on unnecessary things all the time ( the odd treat is ok!). These methods should help you do this though – and let me know if you have any methods of your own!
That’s all for now,