Even during times where we are trying to watch our budget and spend less, you will still inevitably need to buy things sometimes. It could be for a gift or perhaps a special occasion. You might need clothing or items for university. This too can be approached in a money-saving way.
As a student you are a key target market for a lot of retailers. Just having a student ID can often secure you a discount in most shops and online retailers. Always check for this before you buy. Signing up for a TOTUM card can secure you additional discounts or try buying via a student focused web retailer like Unidays or Student Beans.
If you have a gift to buy (and you aren’t crafty or good at home baking) try discount sites such as Groupon, 5pm.com, Itison or Living Social. You sign up and receive regular email updates on a wide range of gifts, meals and experiences that can be bought for a discount.
Remember as a student you can get free access to Microsoft 365 and Adobe (only for specific courses that require Adobe as part of the curriculum). Do not buy these products, use your student email to sign up and get this for free. Our ITDS FAQ pages detail some of this for you and you can also ask your course leader if there is a program or suite you need that is more specialist. However, do take into account that a lot of specialist software needed for some courses can be accessed on campus, or remotely using a VPN, meaning you can access the required software without having to buy your own copy.
You will see on this link too that we run a digital hardship scheme. If you find yourself without a laptop or other essential IT kit and have difficulty in being able to replace or repair yours due to hardship, we have options to be able to borrow or secure one from UWS.
When thinking about buying tech, make sure you only buy things you actually need. Ask your course lead what you require and do research using sites such as PC Mag or Techradar before you rush in and buy something.
When you sign up for a good or service such as Amazon, Spotify or even Apple look for any student discount plans. Do really think about whether you need services or goods before buying them and be sure to budget for anything you do sign up to.