Saturday, 2 March 2013

Student Essentials on a Budget


Hey guys,
As some of you may know I am a student and unfortunately we are a poor breed. The little money I do have I want to spend on makeup, clothes and other beauty products. However there are some essentials that every student needs. Here's a list of the things I think are a student essentials that won’t break the bank.



1) Printer Ink - Last year my boyfriend and I decided to invest in a printer, and it's one of the best things we've bought. If your university is anything like mine it costs a lot to use the printers there and even though I get some credit to use I find it isn't enough. We paid £65 for our printer and it can also scan and photocopy, and as an added bonus it is able to print both sides so that saves a lot of money on paper. However ink is very expensive to buy, especially if you get it from high street retailers like PC world. We decided to have a search around and we found this seller on Amazon who sells the ink we need for such low prices. Our printer is made by Epson and we found a pack of the three colour cartridges an one black here for £4 including delivery! At first we were a bit dubious about whether it would actually work with our printer but for such a low price we thought we'd give it a go. The ink arrived quickly and worked perfectly with our printer. I'd urge you all to look on Amazon for cheap ink that's compatible with your printer as it's such a bargain!

2) Memory Stick - Every student needs a memory stick, they're essential for transporting your essays to Uni and back. I personally like mine to be able to attach to my key ring so I never accidentally leave it at home on deadline day. I bought this on from Amazon, it cost £5.49 and is 8GB which is plenty for using to store your work, plus it's really small and cute.

3) GiffGaff Sim Card - When I first got to Uni I hadn't heard of GiffGaff, my boyfriend introduced me to them and if you want a sim only contract they're the best to go with. Each month you buy something called a 'goody bag' and this is full of texts, calls and data. they differ in price depending on what you want, I get the £10 one as it gives me unlimited texts 250 minutes and 1GB of data which is plenty for me. You also get unlimited calls and texts to anyone else on GiffGaff. When I was looking to get a iPhone I worked out the total cost over 2 years for the different networks and it worked out cheapest to buy the phone outright and then get a GiffGaff sim. The best thing for me about GiffGaff is that you're not tied in to a contract. I can stop buying the goody bag and sell the phone anytime I want. You can order a free sim here.

4) Diary - keeping track of appointments and tutorials is crucial however I don’t like to carry around a massive diary with me. I decided to buy this Cath Kidston one because it's so adorable and only cost £5.47. It's the perfect size and comes in a plastic wallet so it won't get ruined in the depths of my bag.

5) Stationary - Since I first started school I've been obsessed with pretty stationary. Going shopping for new pens was the highlight of my year, (yes I know I'm a looser). But anyway pretty stationary doesn't have to come at a price. I got this cute folder from Wilkinson's for 80p. Wilkinson's is one of the best places for student shopping. It has great prices not only on cute stationary but lots of everyday accessories.


I hope you've enjoyed reading this post and found it a bit useful. Have any of you found any great bargains lately?

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13 comments:

  1. ooh handy post! I keep meaning to look into joining giffgaff, its crazy affordable :)

    Sophierosehearts x

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  2. Great post :) I keep meaning to look into giffgaff, its crazy affordable :)

    Sophierosehearts x

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  3. Ink cartridges can be sooo expensive. The ones you found are a bargain! I might look into getting an Epson printer now. What's the name/number of the model you have?

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    1. It's SX535WD but the ink cartridges are compatible with loads of the other models too. I got the printer from Amazon too btw. x

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  4. I wish I'd known about giffgaff when I upgraded my phone a few months ago- it sounds like such a bargain!
    I have that Cath Kidston diary too... the plastic cover makes it perfect for someone as messy as me (glad I'm not alone in seeing the benefit of this!)
    Kaz x

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    1. Yeah it's so good, and the diary is perfect :) x

      A Scholar Life

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  5. Love this post! I'm starting uni next year so this is some great advice! X

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  6. Great post :) I graduated last summer but some of these tips definitely would have been handy! Tbh I'm still on a pretty tight budget anyway so most of it still applies :p x

    http://www.bowtiedbeauty.blogspot.com/

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  7. Such a good idea for a post, love the cath kidston diary!

    A little bit Unique

    x


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  8. Love the Cath Kidston diary, so cute! :)
    xx

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  9. we bought our own printer at uni and it was one of the best investments for last minute report printing and late night revision! I still have it now :)

    http://sindy-ng.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. just found your blog, and i love it! your newest follower :)

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    Kamila xx

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  11. This is a great post. I also have a bit of an obsession with stationary, I really love paperchase but since their prices have gone up I have been going to Wilko's xo

    megansbeautyblog22.blogspot.com

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