7 ways to keep costs down when shopping

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Students are not known for their expertise when it comes to shopping on a budget. So, to help you change all that and save some much-needed money along the way, here are 7 simple ways to keep costs down…all without missing out on your favourite foods.

1. Make a list…and stick to it
Make a list of essentials before you hit the supermarket and stick to it. Don’t let yourself get swayed…, it’s very difficult not to be drawn towards ‘buy one, get one free’ promotions and ‘3 for 2’ deals. Doing your shopping based on what is on offer that week, you will still be spending too much money and ending up with products you don’t really need.

2. Stock up on the essentials
Try to never run out of the essentials; which in most student homes includes pasta, rice, beans, noodles, fruit, vegetables and frozen foods. Realising you haven’t the basics to make a reasonable or filling meal is likely to result in either ordering yet another costly takeaway or making a trip to the shop where you’re likely to buy more than is necessary.

3. Don’t shop on an empty stomach
An important tip for anybody doing the weekly shop is to never do it on an empty stomach. The reasoning behind this tip is obvious; if shopping when you’re hungry, you’re more likely to think with your hungry stomach rather than your brain and make impulsive buys and spend far more than you need too.

4. Ditch the brands
Most of us are guilty of reaching straight for the branded names in the supermarket, without even having given the supermarket own and value ranges a chance. We recognise a familiar brand, and we go with it. Unfortunately, this can quickly burn a hole in your pocket. It’s worth at least giving non-branded foods a go and seeing how much you can save on your weekly shop.

5. Shop around
As a student, grocery shopping is unlikely to top your list of fun things to do, but because shopping wisely can mean saving money, it’ll mean you’ll have the money to do some of the things that are on your list of fun things such as days out or weekend breaks.  So, although it can take a little longer, it’s worth shopping around or making that trip to the lower cost supermarkets.

6. Don’t throw it…freeze it
Whether it’s curry, chilli con carne, lasagne or the like, don’t throw out the leftovers. Instead, as long as it’s safe to do so, bag them up and put them in the freezer. Doing this will not only save you money, but effectively you have just created your own convenience meal. Simply defrost, reheat and enjoy.

7. Hunt for reduced items
Last but not least, it’s worth knowing that most major supermarkets and even some smaller stores and market stall holders will reduce the prices of certain food items near closing time. And in some supermarkets, you can even save money by buying from their oddly misshapen vegetables stock. So, head to your local store and bag yourself a bargain!

Using the tips above should mean you’re never stuck for something to whip up in the kitchen without breaking the bank.

Looking for student accommodation in Nottingham? To find out more about our student accommodation at Lace Market Studios please contact us today on 01158 240 590 or lacemarketstudios@host-students.com.

5 fun things for students to do in Nottingham for under £10

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We hope that you’re settling in well to your new home at Lace Market Studios and Nottingham. You’ve probably already discovered some of the main sites of Nottingham including the main shopping and nightlife districts. But there’s lots more yet to discover! And as a student, you can make even bigger savings by using your student card. Below are 5 fun things to do for under a tenner…

National Ice Centre
Dig out your gloves and scarf from the bottom of the wardrobe and head down to the National Ice Centre. For just £5 with your student card, hire a pair of skates and hit the ice rink with your friends for an hour of fun – regardless of your ice-skating skills.

The Lost City
Fancy yourself as the new Tiger Woods? Then get yourself down to The Lost City – now open at the Cornerhouse, and brush up on your golf skills with a game of adventure golf. With your student card, 18 holes will cost you just £6, or if you’re feeling really adventurous then tackle all 36 holes for just £10 – which includes a free beer at the end!

Ghost Walk
Do something a little different on your Saturday night and take a trip back in time with a guided Ghost Walk around the city. Visit ancient and ghostly locations, and hear some strange stories along the way. The ghost walk takes place every Saturday at 7pm, costs £6 and lasts for approximately 1.5 hours.

Quaser
Have a blast with your friends and challenge them to a game of laser tag at Quaser. Get kitted out in all the gear and then get shooting in the semi-dark arena – complete with music and flashing lights. As a student, play 2 games for just £6, or if you really can’t get enough then play an unlimited number of games on a Wednesday for just £10!

The National Water Sports Centre
Head just 10 minutes out of the city centre and you’ll uncover a whole new world of adventure at The National Water Sports Centre. From water sports, outdoor adventure activities and even a gym, there’s something for everyone. The outdoor Sky Trail will cost you £7, while kayaking will cost just £5 a time – there’s even student discounts available on some activities.

And if all of these discounts weren’t enough for you, you can even make a saving while you travel around the city. Have a comfortable, stylish and discounted ride as you travel in and around the city on the Tram. Find out more about the student discounts available here.

Here at Lace Market Studios all of our have a purpose built study area as a standard and our students are able to take advantage of our clean and airy communal study areas. To find out how you can join our thriving student community please contact us today on 01158 240 590.