It’s always a tough pill to swallow forking out for all of your textbooks at the start of the year. There is no need to buy expensive, brand new books because it’s bad for the environment and your bank balance. Buy second hand textbooks online to save. You can even rent books or purchase digital copies cheaper online.
If you don’t have a concession card, you’re paying too much for transport. Each state and city is different so check out what’s on offer to you in your location.
Cooking at home can be dirt cheap and we’re not talking fine fillet steak! Two minute noodles, in particular the Indomie range, are dirt cheap. You can even bulk them up with frozen peas or corn so you can tell your mum you’re actually eating veggies. Aldi is gold for cheap food and they always have great deals on other items such as snow or BBQ gear.
With the PokitPal booklet or app you will get access to the best discounts on offer to students. We’re talking serious savings on burgers, booze, fashion, travel and entertainment. The app pulls in deals closest to your location, whatever you want wherever you are.
With all that studying, it’s unlikely you will be able to fit in a full time job as well. Casual or temp work is a must for most students. Don’t think you can commit to a regular casual job with all those parties to attend? Check out sites like One Shift. There are also novel ways to earn extra bucks. Look up paid surveys online or enter as many competitions as possible. Each semester PokitPal has major competitions for cash prizes and trips to music festivals like Coachella so keep your eyes peeled.
Yes – you’re at uni for an education but partying is a huge part of uni as well! You will meet lifelong friends while dancing the nights away. The best way to party more than one night a week? Ditch the Fridays and Saturdays for mid-week sessions. Most bars will have drink and food deals on offer during the week so plan to do your uni work on the weekends when the oldies are out.
If you drive to uni, you will quickly realise petrol is not cheap. Avoid the pumps on Thursdays and Fridays. Tuesday is the best day to fill ‘er up!
If you’re an Australian resident then you should look into Australian government support through
You can work a limited number of hours and still be eligible. However don’t fudge the system as you could end up with
a nasty bill from the Australian Tax Office.