We all know the struggle is very much real when it comes to saving money. For anyone out there who's in need of saving a few pennies, here are twelve tip and tricks you can use that are totally legal.
1. Use up all your free trials on music streaming sites.
Services like Spotify Premium, Google Play, Tidal, Napster, and Amazon Prime typically offer 30 days for free. You can also get 90 days free with Apple. Switch between them to get months on end of free music.
2. Search for online discount codes in department stores.
If the item you want is from somewhere like Faith and it's never on sale, check if it's also in a bigger department store like Debenhams (which tends to do a lot of sales inclusive of concessions) and buy it through them instead.
3. Use Apps like DePop to find items you want.
You can get a lot of branded clothes, gifts, and vintage items for a cut-price amount. For instance, you can buy a pair of Topshop jeans for £20.00 rather than £38.00. Plenty of items on the service have only been worn once.
4. If you're looking to catch a flight set up price alerts with momondo.
The service will keep track of when the cheapest flights become available for the destination you want, and you'll then receive an alert.
5. If you're undecided where to go use the Search Everywhere function on SkySkanner.
If you're not fussy about what part of the world you want to see, you can end up getting a real bargain.
6. To cut your mobile-bill, ask to be put through to the cancellations department.
The retention department will do everything they can to keep you in the contract, and they are the ones with the power to make deductions on what you pay. Just make sure you sound convincing.
7. Get a 16-25 railcard and renew it for three years before your 24th birthday.
You can get 1/3 off rail-fares for just £30.00 a year; in some cases, you'll make that money back in just one peak return journey. Also remember to link your Oyster Card up to your railcard to receive discount on off-peak travel in London.
8. Use Twickets rather than online retailers if you miss concert tickets you really want; they will be sold at face value.
Rather than paying a premium for tickets that everyone is after, an App like Twickets offers you concert seats at face value. Just select which concert you want to see, and if a space becomes available you'll be sent a notification offering you tickets.
9. Use Google Books if you're at Uni or School and can't afford your reading materials.
So many texts are on there for free, and if you're doing a course that requires you to read a load of books; the price of those textbooks and novels can really add up.
10. Speaking of which, sign up for a load of experimental tests/studies at Uni.
Sounds weirder than it is; but you can make around £10.00 for an hour of your time on campus.
11. Use Nimber to get paid for your commute.
If you do the same journey all the time, you can get paid by acting as a human delivery service. As in; you don't deliver humans. You personally deliver people's post, and your journey can be completely compensated.
12. Become an actual student to get a NUS Discount.
THIS IS THE GOLDEN TIP.
Sign up for a cheap E-Careers course. If you look through deals sites, you'll find some going for as little as £12.00, like this one for Creative Writing on GroupOn. It doesn't matter if you don't actually do it.
Once you're registered, sign up for an NUS Extra card, and select E-Careers as your place of study. You can then get a massive discount on everything from going to the movies, shopping, travelling, and eating out at restaurants.
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