With the new university term here already, we’ve compiled a quick and easy list of six money saving hacks to help a student loan stretch further.
There are lots of discount cards and vouchers out there, so going out doesn’t need to break the bank. Make sure you’re getting the biggest bang for your going out buck by signing up to any discounts early and tacking advantage of extra savings on student nights.
Plan ahead and keep shopping trips to a minimum to prevent the cost of groceries skyrocketing. Writing shopping lists can save £100s over a term giving you more money to enjoy yourself, with reward cards providing access to extra discounts. As with the first point, take advantage of store vouchers and discounts, NUS extra cardholder can save 10% at …
Fancy seeing a tropical fish but can’t afford an exotic holiday, well head to a Sea Life Centre. I’ve looked up how you can get discount tickets this holiday and have found the following:
- At Sea Life Brighton, the attraction is offering kids free entry to our aquarium when accompanied by an adult, until 19 August. Adult ticket prices start from £10.50 for the Basic Saver Package, reaching £14.50 for the Ultimate Package which includes a behind-the-scenes tour, guidebook and exclusive Sea Life pop badge.
- Sea Life Centres across the country are also offering 2 for 1 entry as part of the Days Out Guide. Details can be found at: https://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/search-results?q=sea%20life&r=
- 2 for 1 tickets to Sea Life Centres and other Merlin attractions in the UK are also being offered with selected Cadbury products.
With the summer holidays in full swing, parents around the UK will no doubt be noticing the looming back to school adverts grazing TV, shops and websites.
While parents claim to spend £70 on school uniforms, Provident asked 2,024 parents in the UK to list all the elements that go into sending your child to school.
Cost breakdown of sending one child to school for a year
As the new academic year gets closer, parents should expect to pay approximately £1,519 to send a child to school, these cost vary based on the academic year your child will be in.
Some of the main costs throughout the year include: Childcare: £220 Uniform: £70 Tech: £85 After school clubs: £106 Packed lunch: £585 Commuting: £60 School social events: £55…
A family of four will be able to visit ODEON Cinemas to enjoy a film, food and drink for just £30*, until September 8th. At selected sites across ODEON Cinemas, this price is as low as £25 for a family of four!
ODEON are also running their continued ODEON Kids screenings every day throughout the Summer holidays at participating cinemas across the country – with tickets from just £2.50** each for all guests. For more information, families can visit: http://www.ODEON.co.uk/kids/
ODEON’s family offering for summer includes:
- Families of four can enjoy a visit to the cinema with a film, food and drink for just £30
- Families of three can also visit the cinema with a film, food and drink for just £26
- At certain ODEON Cinemas, including those in Manchester, Edinburgh & Birmingham, these prices
Lidl is currently running a school uniform TV campaign where some of its items are £1! Today, Aldi and Lidl have undercut Asda, previously the cheapest supplier of school uniforms, by more than £3.
The German discount supermarkets Lidl and Aldi are in the middle of a school uniform price war, with each discounter offering an entire outfit for less than £4.
Lidl is offering four primary school essentials – two polo shirts, a jumper and trousers or pleated skirt – for £3.75 from today.
While Aldi slashed its earlier offer of £4 for its Back to School uniform to just £3.69.
The moves undercut other high street retailers by as much as 80%.
Tony Baines, managing director for corporate buying at Aldi, said: “In order to deliver outstanding quality at unbeatable prices, we have …
HSBC today launched its 2016 student account, offering an interest-free overdraft of up to £3,000 as well as a £60 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card plus a year of Amazon Prime benefits, and what’s more, a range of exclusive offers and discounts across top brands.
The new HSBC Student Bank Account is available from 22nd in branches and online and includes:
- Up to £3,000 interest-free overdraft with no fees (subject to status and account conduct)
- £60 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card
- A year of Amazon Prime benefits
- Optional student credit card with a limit of £500 (APR 18.9%)
- Credit interest paid on balances up to £1,000 in the first year of study
- HSBC Mobile Banking app, including Paym
- Contactless debit card and access to Apple Pay and Android Pay
- Text alerts: customers set their own limits and we’ll text
New research and analysis into the cost of families from Sainsbury’s Bank has found that some children come with a heftier price tag than others. Parents of children under the age of 18 estimated that a daughter is more costly to raise than a son, across all age points(1).
The survey, which was conducted for the bank’s second Family Finance Report launched today, suggests that it is around £300 a year more expensive to raise a girl at ages 0-5; around £400 a year more at 6-13 years-old and around £600 a year more at 14-18.
Average cost of raising a child by gender and age group, 2016Age Cost of Son Cost of Daughter 0-5 £5,475 £5,767 6-13 £6,414 £6,794 14-18 £7,172 £7,747
The reasons for this may be varied but government data …
I take my children for eye checks every year, but I still love the idea of this neat, free, fun eye check storybook called Zookeeper Zoe that launched last week.
Up to 80 percent of what a child learns is through their sight, so this innovative book contains a range of interactive eye check activities to help understand if a child might need support with their vision. The book is also designed to remind families that all children should have a regular eye health check as research shows 53% of children2 have never had their eyes checked.
350,000 printed copies are being given away in Boots UK and Boots Opticians stores, so get your skates on and grab yourself a copy. It is also available as an interactive app and can be read online and …
When I was younger…which is quite a few years ago, my tuition fees were paid and I got a grant…not a full one but a fairly decent grant. Well last Thursday, the government decided to axe student maintenance grants, with what may leave up to half a million 18 year olds no longer able to afford university.
The government is turning these grants into loans you see. Unfortunately, we can protest all we like, but this legislation is being pushed through without a vote. In this time of austerity, I can understand why maybe some subjects aren’t top priority, but removing this funding from youngsters who want to be doctors, engineers, or teachers is crazy.
The loans (£3,387) are for accomodation, food and other necessities, and are essential for students who can’t ring the bank …
January is such a hard month, so I want to help my readers to have a little treat by organising as many giveaways as I can for you. We’re starting off with a pair of free tickets to the Baby Show, worth £40.
The Baby Show with MadeForMums, the UK’s leading pregnancy and parenting event, will be returning to ExCeL, London from 19th – 21st February 2016. The Show is a must-attend event for new and expectant parents with over 200 exhibitors showcasing the very best baby and infant essentials. It’s the only show to feature all the major retailers alongside well-known brands including iCandy, Stokke, Philips Avent and Chicco who will all be selling amazing products with equally amazing discounts! Everything you need for bump, baby and beyond…
The Baby Show highlights
• Over …