I often find myself having a bit of a dilemma when it comes to food, simply because I love it so much. However, when you have expensive tastes, it gets, well... expensive (obviously). When you love eating at restaurants as much as I do, or even shopping for the nicest food in the supermarkets and takeaways you can find, it soon adds up, and you often end up spending WAY more than you bargained for. As a student, it can be a bit of an issue when you’re spending money like it grows on trees – especially if you don’t actually have much to begin with!
Don’t worry; I’m not here to rain on your parade! Having a low budget doesn’t need to mean eating low quality food (or food you don’t like… sometimes they’re not one and the same). You can actually make the most of what you’re eating simply by thinking ahead. Luckily for you, this is kind of my thing.
Voucher codes are easily found online for a range of different takeaways, and they’ll get you a certain percentage off the bill. Everyone loves a Domino’s, and even the giants like them can often be found on special sites like this one. If you can’t find anything decent for your fave online treat, check out their Twitter and Facebook feeds – you can often find hidden gems, even just being discussed by other users. Don’t forget to check your emails, too. Chances are that if you’ve ordered from somewhere before, they keep your details on file for the future to tempt you back again with special offers.
Takeaways not really your thing? No worries. There are handy tips and tricks for restaurants, too! My absolute highest recommendation is the Taste Card. It’s a bit of an initial investment, but I got mine for £30 with a free, basic tablet, so be sure to hang around for special deals on the card itself. Once you’ve got one, you’ll get either 2-4-1 or 50% off at a range of chain and independent places. I’ve literally saved millions (it kind of feels that way, anyway!). A lot of restaurants also have ‘member’ deals, and usually all you have to do is sign up to their mailing list online!
Of course, as students, you can take advantage of your student card. I recommend investing in an NUS Extra card for a full range of deals, but your normal card should get you some perks as well.
Finally, the next time you’re down at the supermarket, head to the reduced aisles! I have absolutely zero shame in admitting that I’m a little hawk when it comes to these, and whenever I spy those (usually yellow) stickers, I pop the goodies straight into the basket. Just make sure you’re not buying for the sake of it – oops, sometimes guilty – but you can seriously make some true savings on still fresh food!