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Can Really Student Deals Save You?
One of the key skills you need to learn as a student is how to be a savvy spender. Whatever you want there will someone out there willing to give you a bargain in return for your business, so take some time to find the best offers. There are plenty of ways to save if you look hard enough. Here are some essential money saving tips for anywhere in the UK.
Be a Guest at the Gym with a Free Pass
LA Fitness is still running their 3 day gym pass as an introductory offer and, as a major chain, you’re likely to find one near you. Speak to the membership consultants about student prices and flexible offers. You may find that an off-peak plan is more affordable than an anytime one, but do check before signing up to a contract. Fitness First also give guest passes which you can download from their website, but it’s one day pass and one group class per person.
Get Business Cards on the House
Vistaprint are awash with free offers and price reductions. 250 customisable business cards and printed t-shirts could help your society, team or student business stand apart from the herd, and the free postcards, stamps and invitations are an added bonus. Moo has great offers and design options, but you don’t get them for free.
Break Away from Long Contracts with a Free SIM Card
Free SIM cards are now available from most phone companies. Vodafone, O2, Orange, and T-Mobile all offer SIM cards gratis, with a wide range of monthly and pay-as-you-go tariff options. Three, Giffgaff and Tesco are still leaders of the budget, as not only are their SIM cards free, but they have far better tariff deals and rewards to stretch your money further.
Comfy Coach Trips for Cheap.
National Express website has a section full of offers, like 150,000 fares for £5 or less. These are great deals but can be quite restricted so, if you’re planning on taking the coach regularly, it’s worth investing in a Young Person’s Coachcard for 16-26 year olds. It’s £10 for one year or £25 for three years and can save you a third off every trip.
Budget coach travel.
Megabus is the cheap alternative to National Express travel. Prices are already low but you can save an extra 10% with an NUS card. Be sure to book well in advance and do not expect frills.
Travel by Train for less.
If the bus isn’t your style, then a 16-25 Railcard from National Rail is the way forward. It’s more expensive than a coachcard at £30 for one year or £70 for three years but, with rail prices on the rise again, a third off each journey will add up from the first use. You also get an excellent reward package with it. Check out their website for savings on days out, gap year travel, magazine subscriptions, restaurant bills and a 3 day guest pass at a Fitness First gym. Real value for money. This railcard can be used in addition to any of the savings on the train line and for most train operators.
Ceri Jones | Strike-Jobs Journalist | 21/10/2013
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