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Posted 10 months ago

An anti-broke guide for Bath students

If you're anything like me, your bank account tends to scream for help before the end of every month. But fear not, because I've mastered the art of not going broke in this lovely city without resorting to eating instant noodles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here are some practical tips to help you manage your budget and keep your sanity intact.

1. Student Discounts: Your Golden Ticket

Let's start with the basics – student discounts. These are like the VIP passes to financial sanity. Flash that student ID like you're waving to a celebrity (because, in your bank account's eyes, you totally are). From cinemas to restaurants and even clothing stores, most places in Bath offer student discounts. So, before you pay full price for that burger, ask yourself, "Would this burger taste better if it were 20% cheaper?" The answer is yes, my friend.

2. Part-Time Job Perks: Show Me the Employee Discounts!

If you're juggling textbooks and work shifts, make sure you're milking your job for all its worth. Employee discounts are your secret weapon. Working at a coffee shop? Hello, discounted caffeine. Retail job? Time to shop like you're on a game show. Those sweet, sweet employee discounts can save you a pretty penny and make you feel like a financial genius.

3. Second-Hand Swagger: The Thrift Store Treasure Hunt

Bath is practically a treasure trove for thrift and second-hand stores. Embrace the hipster within you and explore these places like you're on a quest for hidden gems. From clothes to furniture and quirky knick-knacks, you'll find items that not only add character to your life but also spare your wallet from painful wounds.

4. Rail and Coach Card: The Ultimate Travel Sidekicks

Let's talk about getting around. Bath might be a small city, but getting from A to B can still nibble at your funds. Invest in a rail card or a coach card – they're like your trusty sidekicks against overpriced tickets. Whether you're heading home for the weekend or just exploring the countryside, these cards will have your back, and your wallet will thank you.

5. Party Like It's... Well, Still a Party, But Cheaper!

Let's talk about the elephant in the room – the legendary student nightlife. While hitting the clubs might seem like a rite of passage, your bank account might be weeping in the corner. So why not bring the party home? Gather your friends for a night of epic proportions right in your living room. You'll save money on cover charges, overpriced drinks, and regrettable 3 a.m. snacks. Plus, dancing in your PJs is way comfier.

6. Unleash Your Inner Bargain Hunter: Free and Low-Cost Adventures

Bath is bursting with activities that won't empty your wallet. Museums, parks, and historical sites are often free or have a minimal entrance fee. Take a stroll along the beautiful Georgian architecture, explore the parks, and maybe even have a picnic with some budget-friendly snacks. Remember, fun doesn't have to come with a hefty price tag.

7. Scholarships, Loans, and Bursaries: Use Them Wisely

Now, let's get real about student funding. Scholarships, loans, and bursaries are there to help you navigate the financial maze of university life. But, as they say, with great funding comes great responsibility. While it might be tempting to go on a shopping spree or indulge in fancy dinners, remember that this money isn't a gift from a sugar fairy. It's an investment in your education. Live frugally, allocate your funds wisely, and try not to exploit yourself into a sea of debt. Your future self will thank you.

8. Master the Art of Meal Prep: Homemade Goodness

Eating out is a treat, but it can also become a money pit. Embrace the magic of meal prepping. Spend a lazy Sunday cooking up a storm and packing lunches for the week. Not only will you save money, but you'll also have healthier and tastier meals. Plus, you'll become the envy of your classmates when they see you enjoying a gourmet-looking feast while they nibble on store-bought sandwiches.

9. Become a Budgeting Ninja: Track Your Expenses

Last but not least, channel your inner ninja and master the art of budgeting. There are numerous apps and tools that can help you track your expenses and set financial goals. This way, you'll know where your money is going and where you might be able to cut back. Remember, budgeting doesn't mean depriving yourself – it means making informed choices about your spending.

10. Emergency Funds: Because Life Likes Plot Twists

Lastly, let's chat about the ultimate student lifesaver – emergency funds. Life has a way of throwing curveballs when you least expect it. Setting aside a small portion of your earnings or allowances as savings can save you from a financial meltdown when the unexpected strikes. It's like having a superhero cape for your bank account – you might not need it often, but when you do, you'll be glad it's there.

So, there you have it, my fellow Bath buddies – a guide to surviving as a student without resorting to becoming a hermit. By wielding this power you'll not only stay afloat but also thrive in this charming city without sacrificing your social life or dignity. Your bank account might just send you a thank-you card (or at least stop giving you death glares). Stay thrifty, stay savvy, and stay fabulously budget-friendly!