We normally have a set budget for the week in college, whether its our own personal wages from a part-time job, or our parents are helping us through college and give us a certain amount of money per week. Either way, we all have a budget, and we all try stick to it. If you’re like me, I find it very hard to stick to a budget during the week, so here are a few tips to help you keep in check.
1. Walk to College
Dublin is a good city for public transport, but it has gotten more and more expensive to travel by bus or luas each year. With the first fare of Dublin Bus being €1.80, it’s expensive for a student to get to and from college if they live a bit away. So get up 20 minutes earlier and walk, it’s good exercise as well as saving you a bit of money!
2. Do your shopping in Aldi or Lidl
Aldi has changed my college lifestyle forever, no exaggeration. You can get anything and everything that is available in regular supermarkets, just at a third of the cost. Sure, it will be a different brand, but the products they have sometimes taste better than the well known brands!
3. Look out for student discounts
Dublin is a fantastic place for student discounts, you just have to be on the lookout for them. Plan your nights around a student discount offer you know is in place, like student nights in the Savoy Cinema, or reduced price cocktails in Captain America’s for students. The same applies when you are clothes shopping, there are a number of shops such as New Look and River Island that offer student discounts.
4. Use your college library
Most college courses require a certain amount of books to be purchased throughout the years. Be smart about it, at the start of the year pay attention to what books you need, and search for them in your college library. They normally only have a few copies of each book so you will need to get there early to avoid paying for the books further on in the year.
Chances are, you know a lot of people that live in the same town as you. If you go home most weekends and they do too, why not all carpool together and save money on the bus fare? If there is a group of you going home in one car, the price of petrol will be split between all of you, making it a much cheaper journey than the bus, and more fun too.