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Savings stamps and coated peanuts – a winning combination!

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When I was at home for Christmas this year, my mother introduced me to savings stamps. The idea is that you purchase a stamp or two with your weekly shopping, and rather than saving a pound at home somewhere every week, the trick with these stamps is that they can’t tempt you when you’re searching the house for a few pounds!

So due to empty cupboards, a few of us took a trip to the supermarket for some nibbles this evening. I started collecting stamps at the beginning of February, and have managed to collect £9 worth so far, which I’ll be able to trade in for shopping when I’ve filled my booklet!

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I know that Tesco and the Co-op do these savings stamps, but I’m not entirely sure which other supermarkets do. But it would definitely be worth a look – as it’s a simple way of saving when you don’t notice an extra pound going onto your bill at the till. And of course, they can’t be spent early – so there is no temptation. 😉

And speaking of temptation, Sensations began making these tasty snacks a while back. They are simply to die for, and very more-ish! The peanuts have a crisp shell coating, which makes the peanut inside seem really soft in comparison. The flavour surrounding the shells has no initial spice to it – it’s more of a sharp and almost sour taste. But once you bite into the shell, a slow, deep heat spreads through your mouth, and you get a lovely chilli kick which lingers in the back of your throat. I wouldn’t say it is very spicy, but if you don’t enjoy spice – it might not be for you. But for me, I can’t get enough of these exciting little peanut presents wrapped in their tasty shell!

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Welcome to the Canny Student

I recently celebrated my 21st birthday. 

When I told my friends about how I spent my day with my boyfriend, and told them about the cheap price we paid for my spa treatments and a posh dinner, their awestruck reply was, “Was that one of your deals again?!”

I have paid my own way through university, with odd jobs, student loans and bursaries. Being in my third year, I’ve learnt a money saving trick or two along the way to help spread the money further! 

So this is where the fun begins. I’ll update you all on my day to day life, how I manage to save money, hopefully inspire and pass on tips that will help you to save money too, and share with you my passion for bargains. I may also divulge my love of food and fashion along the way. (What student doesn’t love food and fashion?)

My best tip (after budgeting, which I’ll cover tomorrow) is to always ask for a discount. Remember that your student card is your best friend. Wherever you go, whether a student discount is advertised or not, be sure to ASK! As my mother always says, ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get’. This can apply to a number of things. When I was visiting a friend in Aberdeen a few weeks ago, I spotted a cute t-shirt in River Island that would go really well with my black faux leather jacket, but really begrudged paying £15 for it, especially as River Island don’t do a student discount. I left it, and when I visited River Island the following week, it was the first item I went to, and couldn’t get the nagging devil out of my ear telling me to buy it. At closer inspection, every single one of the t-shirts in my size had make-up stains around the neck. This is where a little confidence goes a long way. 

I took the t-shirt to the till, pointed out the small stain at the neck, and quite simply asked if I could have the item discounted as it was faulty. Result! After the girl checked with her manager, I got £4 off. And said stain came out in the wash. 

#1 – If you don’t ask, you don’t get. 

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