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The shopping basket challenge and more money saving tips

Our recent game during Freshers' week is fun but also shows how you can save money!

Beds SU

By Beds SU

Tuesday, 3 October 2023

We would like to thank all those students who participated in the basket challenge at the Freshers’ Fairs in September. The purpose of this challenge was to highlight the different costs when buying household items.  

For example, the Bedford basket cost £9.45 for 10 household items whereas the same branded items cost a whopping £22.10.

There are many ways to reduce your shopping bills and our Advice Team have put together some simple tips to get more for your money. Interested? Read on....

Check the clearance section

When you’re on a budget, the clearance aisle is your very best friend. Just be sure to check the expiry dates – a lot of clearance items are on their last day of use!

Get the non-branded stuff

It might be tempting to go all out and buy known brand but in most cases, you’ll find that the non-brand alternatives are just as good at half the price! See above.

Go on a weekly food shop to avoid multiple trips

Get into the habit of going on weekly food shops. As well as giving you everything you need in one go, it’ll save you the cost of paying for multiple journeys if you don’t have a supermarket nearby!

Buy in bulk and share with housemates

Do you have some housemates that you can rely on? If so, why not buy in bulk so you can go halves on all of your grocery essentials?

Carrying your student ID for discounts

Always check if you are eligible for a student discount. In some places you can get a student discount, by showing your student ID at the till, before you pay.

Shops and their Apps

Checking supermarket apps for special offers and reward points is always a very worthwhile thing to do. You can often discover potential discounts and explore opportunities for reward points. 

Our Advice Team is always on hand to help you with all aspects of your student life. Find out more on the Advice page