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a definitive list of things that will eat your money on NYE

Alright guys, it’s crunch time. Pens down. Listen. New Years Eve is officially 25 days away. If your bank account somehow manages to survive the hell you reign on it at Christmas, you’ll be only slightly prepared for the second wave: whatever you do to bring in 2017. Check your bank balance, now look at me. Now look back at your bank balance, then back to me – do as I say and this will work out:     Don’t spend your…

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one last hurrah: a graduates guide to milking benefits

There’s a lot of benefits to being a student. And it all becomes abundantly clear when you don’t get access to them anymore. A lot of you are going to graduate soon. You’ve finished your final exams, you’ve got some time to kill over summer before you jump head first into a job, a new project or go travelling. There’s a lot of living to be done between end-of-exams and the day university officially kicks you off their ‘student’ list….

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things you need to stop doing in your 20’s

There comes a moment when you realise you’re not a teenager anymore. And this might happen a few times in your early-twenties when you’re sprawled out on a couch with glitter stuck to your face and you find your shoes in the fridge for some reason (drawing from experience here…). My point being: you’ll have a few moments in the early years of your degree when you think “I’m too old for this”. Whether it takes a huge raging party…

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how to not blow all your money by Christmas

I’m no financier, but… I’ve done a few stupid things in my life to blow my money before Christmas. So by that score, I have eternal knowledge when it comes to the student ability to spend money on things that have absolutely no meaning or importance to you whatsoever. We tend to go a little overboard after uni is finished – we have drinks with friends, buy takeout food, and indulge in the euphoric freedom of being released from the…

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cut your shop budget without cutting the food

Put on your bibs and sharpen your forks. This is a food blog.   Food is pretty much treated as the elixir of life when you’re a student – especially since it is. But our love for food borders on a line somewhere between religious worship and unhealthy adoration. Admittedly, in my poorest of uni student days I pretty much ate whatever wasn’t going off, including stuff that was past its ‘use-by’ date. I’m not proud of it. But eaters…

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the job hunt: why you’re getting knocked back

Having trouble landing a job? The job market for students is pretty ruthless, especially when you’re in a highly populated area. Everyone is in the same boat as you: low income, high textbook pricing, balancing social and academic calendars. So naturally, everyone is after the same kinds of jobs you’re going for: conveniently located, decent pay, hours that work around your uni schedule. If you’re finding the job search a bit tricky right now, it could come down to a…

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5 things to look for in student accommodation

Looking for student accommodation that suits your needs can be difficult… Especially when you don’t know where to start! If you’re a parent looking for a place for your child to stay while studying, or a new uni student in the market for good student accommodation, you might find it tricky if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Everyone knows about the “share-house horror stories” where the landlord doesn’t fix water damage for 6 months, but trust us, there…

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do your Christmas shop on a student budget

‘Tis the season to lose money, fa la la la la, la la, la la. We’re buying presents, spending money on travel, buying food, drinks, clothes and heaps more, so how are students expected to survive on such a narrow budget!? Luckily for you, it’s not all doom and gloom in the finance department when it comes to Chrissy, you just have to be a little more frugal and practical about your gift-giving! Here are my top tips for Christmas shopping…

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the job search: it’s not as hard as you think

The word ‘student’ is usually associated with the word ‘poor’, and it’s no wonder… With so many text books, uni fees, essentials for living out of home and rent to pay, how can you avoid shallow pockets? Many of us are lucky enough to have financial assistance or help from our parents, and that’s fantastic! The more support you have to enable you to carry out your studies, the better. But many of us need that little bit of extra cash-in-pocket…

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