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The Student Guide to Summer: 7 Apps to Save Money

By Ashley Manning | Thursday 10th August, 2017

Funny how, during the three months of the year that there are a million things to do, you don’t get a student loan. Funny that, isn’t it?

No, it’s not- it’s bloody annoying. Festivals to go to, BBQs to attend all with BYOBs (cheeky, I mean if you’re throwing a party you should really provide the booze, right?), new clothes to buy and the list goes on. Or are we expected to sit indoors and wish away the limited days of British sun?

Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here are the best apps to save you money this summer, you know… to give your weary bank balance a break.

Best for… budgeting

It goes without saying that one of the best ways of saving money is by budgeting what you already have. Loot, a current account for young people and students, allows you to set daily and weekly budgets so you can stay within your means but still do all the things you want to. If you'd like to find out more then check it out here or alternatively you can download the app here.

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Best for… discount

Vouchercodes is such a good app for when you already have your eye on the prize but you just need a little bit scraping off the price. Who would say no to 10% of your Topshop jeans and free delivery from H&M? So if you need a couple more swimsuits or you need to replace your housemates sunglasses that you sat on (just me?) then have a sift through and see what you can get. I know this is a guide to helping you out during the summer, but this app is essential at Christmas as well- just saying.

Best for... cheap fashion

Just because you are skint doesn’t mean you have to be poorly dressed. If you are looking for high-quality, affordable fashion then check out depop. It’s sort of what would be created if ASOS and eBay had a love child. All of the sellers are young, well-dressed and flogging decent stuff for low prices and no one seems to be in the business of wanting to rip you off. It’s just fashion lovers passing around old, pre-worn, never-worn or hand-made stuff.

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Best for… being a student

Being a student means you get to take full advantage of student discount- it’s probably the best compensation for the ridiculously extortionate tuition fees. There are plenty of apps out there for this but UNiDAYS has a great range of fashion, food, health and beauty brands on its roster.

Best for… discount food

According to OLIO, a third of all food produced globally goes to waste- say what? It’s a really serious problem that’s occurring under the radar which massively contributes to our personal financial issues and the global problems with poverty and hunger. This app lets you know when food is going spare so you can take advantage of it (and you offer food out too). It’s really good for feeding people, reducing waste and best of all, creating a sense of community. You can finally meet those neighbours who bang on the wall when you have house parties.

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Best for… deals

Picture it: you’ve had a long day at work, your boss has been nagging you again, your pen exploded in your bag and that fella/ gal from Tinder/ Bumble/ etc cancelled your date (again…) and you just need a treat. And along comes Groupon. Whether you’re looking for deals for a restaurant or you’re finally ready to have all of your body hair lazar removed, this app has endless offers to choose from.

Best for… tracking your spending

You’re never going to have a firm grip on your spending if you spend the whole month refusing to look at your bank balance. If you want to have a better grip of your money then download Spendee so you can see exactly where all your money is going. It could be a massive surprise to discover where you are actually pissing away the pennies and knowing this will help you budget better. What’s great about the app is that you can attach it to multiple bank accounts so it’s harder to hide from your bad habits.

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