Money-saving tips for students: shopping

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We've got three tips for money-saving when you're a student that you may not have thought of...

1. Get a shopping voucher with broadband

Broadband packages often come with vouchers for supermarkets and other retailers, especially if you sign up to them through a price comparison site. For example, you can get up to £100 to spend at Sainsbury's, or if you're really lucky, Marks & Spencer. Do that and you'll kill two birds with one stone - sort out internet for your student digs and get a few weeks-worth of free dinners to boot.

Or one week of really, really good free dinners. Or one amazing free dinner. Look, we're not your dad - use it how you want.

2. Shop online when you can

As a rule, it's cheaper to buy things online. So, while it's tempting to just head to the supermarket whenever you're hungry, you can save money, time and shoe leather if you order the essentials online each week and get them delivered.

As for things like music, films, games and what not, it's almost always cheaper to shop online than in brick-and mortar-stores, and you may be able to save even more money by buying digital versions. They won't take up any valuable space in your room and you can take them with you wherever you go without any hassle. Of course, you'll need decent broadband to download them quickly - go back to point one for that.

3. Take the complimentary condiments everywhere you go - EVERYWHERE

A sachet of ketchup may seem like a small thing, but for a hungry student coming home late at night, it can be a lifesaver. So, keep your eyes open for complimentary sachets of sauce whenever you're flush enough to be eating out, because a stash of those can really help when you're feeling the pinch, or, in extreme circumstance, can provide a cheap meal.

For example, get home from the pub to find a cupboard containing nothing by pasta? Pull some ketchup and mayo from your condiment corner, and you have a ready-made stir-in sauce. Got a slice of bread handy? Wallop a sachet of ketchup and mustard into it for a hotdog sans hotdog.

Look, we didn't say it was a nice meal, alright?

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