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Top tips on how to save money as a student

Worrying about money when trying to study can lead to stress, and affect your chances for academic success. Making ends meet on a student budget isn't easy, but there are ways to make your money stretch further.

Scroll through our top ten strategies to help you save money at university and avoid student debt...

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4. Thrifty shopping

Textbooks

It is possible to buy second hand textbooks cheaply. When you have finished with them you can also sell them on. Make sure to buy the most up-to-date publications.

If you are able to share textbooks with other students you can divide the cost equally between you. Alternatively, borrow from the library.

Online shopping

Use the internet to buy and sell on secure sites. This saves time and money. Online retailers don’t have high overheads, so they can apply discounts that traditional retailers can’t.

Look at websites like Freecycle and use it when looking for items and when you have belongings you no longer need.

Charity shops

You may not have extra money to donate to charity, but by purchasing items such as clothes and books, you can bag a bargain and also help those in need. You can also purchase essentials such as crockery, pots and pans at the fraction of the price of new.