Student scrimpers: My money saving advice

Everyone loves a bargain, especially students who are on a budget. Luckily, student deals are nearly everywhere, which, for those like me (who love saving money), makes a huge difference to the final total.

Whenever I go shopping, I always make a point of asking at the till if they offer student discount – if you don’t ask, you’ll never know!

Some shops and restaurants (including the Hive and McDonald’s) only need to see a valid University ID Card in order for you to get student discount or a student deal, so it is worth making sure that you always carry it with you – even if the photograph of yourself is beyond the embarrassing!

Other shops, particularly online shopping websites, offer discounts for those who have signed up to Unidays. Unidays is free (hooray), and only requires you to fill out some details about you and your place of study in order to sign up.

The discounts are fantastic; they range from percentages off your online orders to some free Dr. Dre Beats headphones with an Apple purchase, which I obviously snapped up saving me a whopping £149  (the offer has now expired)!


After contemplating paying £12 for an NUS extra card, I purchased one at the start of my first year, and then renewed it this year after realising how reasonably priced it is for the amount of money it has saved me!

I tend to use my NUS extra card the most at my favourite restaurants, Pizza Express and Zizzi who frequently run NUS extra deals, and require this type of card as they have to key in the long number in order to apply the deal to your food bill.

On a Monday or Tuesday night over the past few months, I have been going to Zizzi to take full advantage of their 40% off your food bill deal for those with an NUS extra card, and so far, I have got the full £12 that I paid for the card back, plus another zero on that in savings!

I would highly recommend purchasing an NUS extra card, and luckily for students at the University of Worcester, they can be paid for and printed on campus – bonus!