9 ways to survive on next to nothing
There’s a knack to living like a pauper, find out the best way to get by.
You're a student. We're in recession. Let’s face it, you’re bound to be skint at some point...
You're probably not the only one staring at the last tenner in your wallet wondering how you'll survive.
It’s all well and good knowing it’s soon to be a reality, but what should you do when it actually happens?
Don’t be fooled into thinking you always need to use public transport, you don’t. Walking for an hour might sound a little exhausting right now but give yourself a few days practice and you’ll soon be a hiking pro. So stick on some of your favourite tunes and get your stroll on, it's free and healthy.
2.) Steal (kinda)
As a student, whether you've realised it or not, you've got access to free Wi-Fi, water and electricity. Chances are you'll be able to access free Wi-Fi at numerous places on campus, and your laptop/mobile/iPod/electric toothbrush can be charged in the sockets in the library. As for water, as long as you trust what comes out of the tap you should never have to pay for it. For a comprehensive guide to finding free Wi-Fi make sure you read...
It sounds really simple, but most students don't do much thinking when it comes to money. You know all too well how much wonga you've wasted on stuff you just didn't need, now's the time to stop. When you're next tempted to make a purchase consider whether you actually need the items. You'll save millions*! (*Probably not true.)
For advice on organising your uni budget make sure you check out our student finance guide.
It’s pretty safe to say you’re not going to be going out for any three course meals for a while, but being poor doesn't mean you have to eat poorly. By working out which ingredients are cheapest and (more importantly) most versatile, you can create your menu for the week ahead, ensuring that you use your money wisely and don't end up wasting any food.
It’s always tempting to throw away last night’s pasta after you failed to finish your share. Instead of binning the scraps, make a stash of meals and place them in the freezer to take out and reheat when your cupboards are getting bare. You could also take leftovers for lunch too!
Got friends? Brilliant! They come in handy when you’re running out of meals to eat. Perch your backside on as many sofas as you can and wait for the grub to be served – that’s assuming they’re not broke too. If they are, you’ll both need to make some more friends, and fast.
We're going to be cheesy for a moment here - we apologise in advance. As much as it sucks to have next to nothing, it’s great realising what you do have. Cherish those epic moments with your mates and let you’re laughing fits last just a little longer. Fun costs you nothing...
Spending your time thinking about how broke you are probably isn’t going to change anything so it makes sense to think about something else. Do the stuff that never gets done. It's not necessarily going to be fun, but it means that when you DO have money, they'll be nothing stopping you. Tidy your room. Go for that long-put-off appointment at the bank. Cut the grass. Read your uni textbooks... HA. As if.
There's only one way to stop being poor - earn some money. If you've got no money and can't go anywhere then you've got no excuses - now is the time to make yourself sound as employable as possible. Sort out your CV. Brush up on your interview technique. Apply for work experience. No one is going to give you your dream job - it's up to you to make it happen (soz!). For advice on how to sort your sh*t out, give this a read...
To help you find the right job for you we've got our very own job section with some of the best part time jobs around as well as internships and work experience opportunities.
Chin up, you won’t be living like this forever (hopefully) – just use what you have wisely and don’t go crazy when the cash comes in.