Tips to make your money go further this summer!

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Summer is a strange time of year. There are more long weekends between May and September than December and March, but the lighter evenings and warmer weather hits all of our wallets where it hurts. To make your money go further this summer, try a few of our tips and tricks to have maximum fun on a minimal budget!

Free festivals

As free spirited as most festivals are, most of them aren’t free (or cheap for that matter). However, there are loads of local festivals that don’t charge admission or ask for a small donation to help keep them going. They don’t necessarily have big name headliners, but if you are into music and have a good crowd to go with they can be good fun. There are a few local festivals that do break the mould:

Festival Too is a free event held in King’s Lynn over a series of weekends. Headliners this year include Busted and KT Tunstall
Feel Good Festival in Rochdale, Greater Manchester is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a performance by headline act Razorlight

Work for your music

If you want to get into some of the big festivals and be a part of the experience without paying, you can try volunteering.. Most of the main festivals including Creamfields, Reading & Leeds and Bestival work with stewarding companies who supply volunteers with tickets in exchange for litter picking, ticket scanning and numerous other tasks. A few hours labour for all the music you want. If this is music to your ears, then Festaff is a great website to try.

Holiday on the cheap

Are you thinking the only way you’ll get a tan this summer is by lying on the communal garden patio? Think again. Holiday’s don’t have to cost the earth if you do them right. Ditch the travel agent and get online to find the best deal. There are great deals on flights, hotels and packages on Airbnb, Trivago, Student Universe and STA Travel.

House sit

One way to get some R & R in a foreign country is to house sit. Websites like Mind My House and Trusted House Sitters work to connect home owners with house or pet sitters who are willing to come and look after the house whilst the owners holiday. The best part is you get a holiday out of it too with all the comforts of home.

Stop coughing-up for your coffee

We are all spending too much on coffee. A latte for £3.75, a frappe for £4, it goes on. Do yourself a big favour, go out and buy a coffee press and a bag of ground coffee or capsules, or if you are feeling particularly lazy get it delivered to your door by a mail-order coffee company like Old Spike Roastery. The money you will save will add up so quickly. If you need to convince yourself you have made the right choice, get a jar and put all the money you would have spent on coffee in it – you’ll be surprised how much you will save.

Happy hour at home

Another way to over pay for something you can do just as well yourself is going out drinking. Skip the trendy rooftop bars and overpriced clubs, and host your own drinks party. You can serve whatever you want and you don’t have to have any awkward bar chats.

Invite your favourite crowd, put on your best tunes and create your own signature cocktail recipe. If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out the Student Money Saver’s list of cheap cocktails to spice-up your pre-drinks.