Getting ready to go back to college? Here's our top five sure fire ways to help you save some cash. Of course you have to pay rent, buy college supplies and food, but that doesn't mean your social life has to suffer!
It can be tough being a student sometimes. Between bills, food, nights out and not to mention college supplies, it can be hard to survive – let alone enjoy yourself!
 
Face it, we’ve all been there, searching the cracks of the sofa for bus fare, the feeling of glee when we find a euro on the street, or the sheer delight when Lidl have a special offer on two-ply toilet roll. 
 
So to make your life that bit easier, we’ve put together a quick list of sure fire ways to help you save some cash. Before you know it, you’ll be buying two-ply toilet paper for fun! 
 
Spend smart 
This goes without saying. Spend your money on things you need, rather than what you want. Keep an eye out for special offers and try buy food that will last. 
 
Buy a bag of cheap rice for 70 cent and get creative. It’ll last you the whole week, won’t go off and will go great with a curry, stir fry or even some veggies. 
 
You may have seen more rice than your local Chinese’s 3n1s, but at least you can pay your electricity bill this week!  
 
If you don’t ask, you don’t get 
Sometimes being a student isn’t so bad. What’s that? 20% off in certain shops? We’ll take it! 
 
However, just remember that student discounts don’t just focus on products such as clothes or food. Many companies offer discounts on travel, prescriptions and even insurance. 
 
So make sure to ask if there is a student discount available when you’re at the cash register next time. You know what they say – if you don’t ask, you don’t get!
 
Home sweet home
While normally the five-hour commute home every weekend may seem like a pain, just think of how amazing some motherly love and clean sheets can be. 
 
We say drop in, bring your washing and stock up on your mam’s famous lasagne. Trust us, you’ll be thankful of that lasagne when all you have left in the fridge back at college is a can of beans and some gone off milk.
 
Curb your social life
Ha, as if. 
 
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Talk the hind legs off a donkey, take that much needed 100th selfie (because we obviously need one more, the lighting is on point), and watch over 90 hours of Netflix on your mobile. 
 
Just don’t blame us when you haven’t left your house in three days after binge watching the Walking Dead! 
 
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