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26 Downright outrageous money making/saving tips for students

Budgeting on a student loan is really hard, and will in no doubt set you up for a large amount of debt if you let yourself. Here are some outrageous legal ways to save or even make some money.

26 Downright crazy money making/saving tips for students:

  • At the start of each year, get yourself along to the Freshers Fairs and bag some free pens, notepads, and other great stationary items, often given away free.
  • Go to the toilet at University, or at work, saving on vital toilet paper and water bill (if not all-inclusive).
  • Spend evenings at the warm library, you will find it easy to study and save on the bills too.
  • Get yourself an NUS extra card and make savings everywhere you go.
  • Attend any talks, lectures or open days that have free food, help yourself.
  • Go shopping later and snap up all the discounted food
  • Collect vouchers together with your housemates
  • Buy takeaways together with housemates to save on delivery fees, or get extra freebies with your orders
  • Charge your phone at university
  • If holidays are coming soon, save all your washing for your mum, she expects it.
  • If you have a pat of butter, or sugar sachets served with your meal, save them
  • Take tea bags with you and just ask for hot water in cafes.
  • Shop at
  • Check everything you buy for flaws and talk down the price
  • At the end of any contract, for example, your mobile phone, threaten to change phone/internet/tv providers and negotiate a discount
  • Pack a lunch and flask to save on buying lunch when at Uni.
  • Be a model at the Hairdressing college, get your hair cut cheaper or even free
  • Go busking, great if you have talent! (Do check local laws, we want you to stay legal)
  • Go ‘Wombling’, that is, scour supermarket carparks for vouchers on receipts that people have discarded
  • Volunteer for anything that rewards you, such as learning first aid by volunteering for Red Cross, St John Ambulance.
  • Sign up for drug trials that will pay you.
  • Make friends, someone always has a birthday party!
  • Get a job, where you get free food and make sure your shifts always go over mealtimes.
  • Answer surveys online for cash or money off vouchers, use a fake email and pseudonym
  •  Get a free festival, by offering to work, either litter picking or stewarding.
  • See what there is on

Please let us know if you know of anymore outrageous legal ways to make money or save it whilst at University.