Back to school and fresh starts are one of my favourite times of the year. It is another chance to draw a line in the sand and set some challenges and goals for the final quarter of the year. It is all change for us as Chloe is about to head to university and that is going to be financially challenging as she doesn’t get much living loan – it doesn’t even cover her accommodation costs. Therefore we are supporting her financially yet no longer get child benefit or anything for her. Therefore it is even more important that I am financially accountable for my spending!
Here are the five frugal things we have done this week.
- Firstly after doing our research on student bank accounts, we opened a HSBC student account. Only Santander and HSBC had good offers for students and Chloe opted for the HSBC as it was giving her an £80 Amazon voucher and year of prime. The voucher has part been used to by herself a blender as she makes alot of smoothies! She opted for a cheap one the Breville VBL062 Blend Active Personal Blender, she has already tried it out and it does the job well. Even with frozen berries.
- We have also signed up to MATR online Maths programme that is better value and more convenient than going anywhere for support. Erin is a gifted student and loves doing these things to reinforce and develop her academic abilities. MATR offer support for both those needing support and those who are gifted.
- The girls needed new coats and so I have taken advantage of the spectacular sale running on Joules right now. The offer is 25% off all stock which has saved me a massive amount on the cost of the coats.
- Fourthly we have been buying things ready for Chloe for University and picked up some great homeware including duvet covers, and glasses etc in the budget shops like Primark. These are high fashion so will look good in her room and they haven’t broken the bank!
- Lastly we have been working with the Co-op on whipping up some budget meals that Chloe can cook at University and you can read about this over at Leaving meals and University Preparation.
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I’m linking up with Cass , Emma and Becky in this week’s ‘Five Fabulously Frugal things I’ve done this week linky.