Save money by going green
Just because your latest loan has dropped in your account doesn't mean you can forget how important it is to budget...
This money has to last until you go home for summer, remember?
Suddenly it seems like a good idea to cut cash wherever you can and one of the best ways to do that is by reusing items you've already got at home instead of buying unnecessary new things!
Reusing and recycling is an easy way to save those pennies and even make a little bit of cash...
- Do you really need that water bottle? Instead of buying a new bottle of water or juice everyday, save money (and be green) by refilling a bottle as many times as you can before it needs replacing. Especially since Teresa May introduced plans to reduce plastic waste by 2042 - do your bit!
- Those clothes that just aren't 'in' anymore: Just because the trends have changed, doesn't mean you need to throw your clothes out. As a student, it's understandable that cleaning products are never going to be the top of your priority list so cut up t-shirts and jumpers and use them to polish your surfaces, clean your kitchen and even scrub your bathroom floor.
- Sold! If those old clothes are in a decent condition, stick them on eBay, Depop or Shpock. Just because you don't want them anymore doesn't mean that someone else won't! If you'd like to make some money with minimal effort this is exactly what you need to do...
- Signed, sealed and saved: If you do decide to sell your clothes, shoes or your whole wardrobe (not recommended!) then you'll need to post them. No doubt, you have plenty of packages from ASOS, Amazon, Missguided etc. that have come through the post - save that packaging and use it when you sell something.
- Love food, Hate waste: Time to get creative! Think outside of the box and give your leftovers a new lease of life. You can use vegetables slightly after their recommended 'use by date' and they'll still taste great. It's a good idea to stock up on cheap cupboard supplies when you can because they'll complete a meal once you're low on cash!
- Your tins/cans are more useful than you think: After you've used those all-importants tins and cans, wash them out and save them. You could use them around your flat for storage, as decorations or even use it as a money box and save up for your summer plans!
- Have a 'saveaway': Remember when you couldn't be bothered cooking last Thursday night and ordered that cheeky Chinese takeaway? Use your container it came in to take lunch to university with you instead of buying tupperware at a supermarket for £3-4, they're more expensive than you think...
Go green - you won't regret it!
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