Laura Burke gives us some advice on how to make the most of your money on a student budget.
Numerous trips to Coppers, inexpensive things to do in the evenings being few and far between and food for the week costing us an arm and a leg. How do we fund it all on such a low budget?
Number 1: Drink Deals
When it comes to places to nab a bargain on a night out, the college student bars can never be overlooked. There a great place to socialize with friends and people from your college, and the drink is usually reasonably priced. Why not head down to your college bar before hitting the town if you want somewhere to drink with a great atmosphere. There are often themed nights a few times a week in student bars with great drink offers and music (a.k.a Shite Nite in DCU with 2 euro cans of Jack Slatts). If this is not your thing, Dicey’s Beer garden on Harcourt Street is known for its 2 euro drinks on Monday’s. We’ll take 10 of those, please!
Number 2: Cinema Deals
A lot of the time we students forget to use one of our most prized assets – our student card. Bargain Wednesday is available at all ODEON Ireland cinemas, with reduced prices for all Standard 2D tickets. Every Wednesday in the Savoy cinema on O’Connell Street, you can avail of their great student deal which includes your ticket to any movie of your choice, a medium popcorn, and drink. You can avail of other student offers throughout the rest of the week too.
Number 3: Shopping
Whether it’s window shopping or serious bargain hunting, us students love to shop. Luckily, lots of big brand stores such as Lifestyle Sports, New Look and Topshop offer up to 10% student discount with a valid student card. The UNiDAYS app is a great one to have installed on your phone as it offers free and exclusive discounts for students that can be used in store or online with discounts of up to 20% and sometimes more with brands such as ASOS, Missguided and Boohoo. A great excuse to get them shoes or jacket you’ve had your eyes on for the past few weeks at a discounted price. All because you’re a student. Cheers!
Number 4: Food
Last but not least, the most important thing of all, food. Sometimes we can be guilty of prioritizing food over other things (Coppers, shopping etc.) but it is important that you leave a little bit of your tight budget for food to keep you going strong for the long week of college ahead. One tip to use is to put aside ten euro at the start of the week for food. Head down to Aldi, Lidl or Tesco on Sunday evening or Monday and pick up some staple foods to keep you going for the week. Milk, bread, eggs, and pasta are all handy things to have in your press when you come home from college some evening and want to whip up something quick and easy.
Of course, there are plenty of student’s offers to avail of when it comes to eating out too. Captain America’s do a 2 for 1 meal for students and 3 euro selected cocktails while Domino’s offers lots of different deals, including 2 for 1 large pizza’s, depending on the store you choose.