Weather its saving for a summer of fun or trying to keep enough money in your account for food, keeping control of your finances isn’t always easy.
Budgeting takes a fair amount of time and organisation. Here are 5 quick tips to make a budget that works for you.
Plan Your Budget
It may seem daunting or confusing, but getting a plan going is the quickest way to check your finances and asses what action is best for you.
Start by looking at what money is coming in. From student loans, grants, bursaries, any money form parents, income form a job and saving etc… This will help asses how much money is coming in and how often.
Then take out all of your outgoings that are essential. This will include your rent, bills, insurance, travel costs, phone bill, food etc…
Then you will have all of the information needed to calculate what money you have left for other things. This can include, books and uni equipment, household supplies, entertainment, social activities, shopping etc..
Get All of the Freebies
An upside to being a student means some things in life do come for free. For instance, students don’t have to pay for pay council tax of 16-18 year olds don’t pay for medical prescriptions.
However, if you’re 19 you can still apply for the NHS Low Income Scheme. If accepted, you can still get free prescriptions as well as dental treatment and eye tests.
There are also plenty of free rewards websites online that will pay your signing up for free trails and surveys. Even huge companies like Nike will send out fee samples of new products when you apply to be a product tester.
Get the most for Your Money
NUS cards are ideal for getting discounts both on the high street ad online. Plus, unadvertised perks are available, such as a free cheeseburger or Mcflurry when you buy a meal at McDonalds.
Sites like money advice service’s savings calculator can also help you be savvy when it comes to spending. Here you can input something you want to save for and it calculates how long it will take you to achieve it.
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I had an excellent experience living in Brickworks during the last year in Dublin! All the staff members were always very friendly and did everything they could to make people feel welcome and we had a very good atmosphere among the residents. The flats themselves were comfortable and provided excellent living and working space, and the proximity to the city centre means you can experience the Dublin atmosphere. I have met many people and friends that I will take with me for life. If I were to live in Dublin, I would not hesitate to live in Brickworks again, it really was a great place to live!
Excelente ubicacion, atencion y servicio. Muy cuidado todo, las recepcionistas siempre ayudando y dando atencion. Lo recomiendo.
I have been living in Brickworks about 7 months. Brickworks is a great place to live in. The location is really convenient (close to city center, good public transportation, near the supermarket and so on...). The buildings are pretty new (well maintained and very clean) it also offers study rooms, cinema room, gym, roof top party room and terrace. There are a lot of common areas for entertainment (PlayStation, Pool, table tennis...). Additionally, free coffee and tea services are amazing!
Brickworks team all of them are AWESOME. They are always up for helping... I highly recommend the Brickworks for people who need a place to call home... Thanks for everything.
I loved it there !
Brickworks is a great home for whoever comes to live in Dublin for a while.
The friendliness of the staff along with the welcoming environment make for a great place to live. When I first entered the room, it felt like a hotel room : comfortable, modern and very liveable.
The neighborhood is as calm as it gets and you get to the most animated streets in 15mn.
The sunset view on the rooftop is the cherry on the cake.
Millstone is a brilliant place to live, Ive just book for my 3rd year. The staff are kind and caring. I have love living at Millstone as it has given me independence and a bigger family.
Searched for loads of student accommodation before I found this gem amongst the rest. Really nice sizeable apartments in a great student busy location. Would highly recommend Mezzino.