A student’s guide to uncovering cheap holidays!

Although deadlines and Uni life probably dominates your life at the moment (*sigh*), summer is now only a few months away!

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And if you’re anything like me then you wanna make use of the big break by going to somewhere new for a few days.

With cheap European flights and affordable accommodation aplenty, why not? It doesn’t even have to be that difficult or break the bank either…

Plan ahead!

Whilst last minute deals do exist, they’re often unreliable and very hard to come by. Therefore, book as soon as you can whilst most people haven’t even thought about booking theirs.

Having something booked now also gives you something to look forward to as well! Never underestimate the motivation that a holiday gives you to finish off your essay!

Finding a destination

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Personally, this can often be the most difficult decision! I have so many places on my “to see list” that I have trouble just picking one.

If you’re stuck for ideas, then ask your friends for recommendations. Odds are that they’ve already been to some awesome places and can give you some great tips.

But if you’re thinking, “But Perry, won’t you share some pearls of destination wisdom?” then yes, yes I will! Take a look at European city breaks like Prague, Berlin or Budapest. You can probably cover the basics in a few days and depending where you go it can be very cheap.

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The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

Or if relaxing with a drink by the beach is more your thing then check out Croatia, Bulgaria or Portugal.

 

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An awesome day on the beach in Portugal

Be flexible with your dates

In terms of flights and accommodation, depending on demand, prices go up and down and can multiply during peak times. These times are typically at the weekend and in the school holidays.

Easiest way around this is to be flexible if you can and look at the prices for a range of dates.

I did hear once that Tuesday is the cheapest day to travel as it avoids people going away for the weekend or on mid-week breaks. I don’t know how true that is in this day and age, but it might be worth considering!

When looking at prices, go undercover

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Now I’m not saying go into Thomas Cook wearing a balaclava demanding cheap flights to Benidorm, but if you’re researching online then it’s important that you remain unseen.

The reason for this is that as soon as booking sites see that you’re scouting around for holidays they know that you’re hooked. Their thinking is that you’re probably going to be booking what you’re looking at or something similar eventually. Therefore, sometimes they up the prices when you go to book later on.

A bit sneaky I know! But you can prevent this super easily!

Just use the internet in your browser’s InPrivate browsing mode and clear your browser’s cookies when you’ve finished looking.

Simple.

Skyscanner is your new BFF!

skyscanner.pngSkyscanner is an absolute godsend when booking your flights and I can’t recommend it enough!

If you haven’t heard of the website before, it checks a range of websites and airlines to find the cheapest flights based on your destination and dates.

A lot of the time, the best options it comes up with come from places you wouldn’t have even thought to have looked!

Look at accommodation carefully

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Although you’re probably not going to be spending that much time in there, a good place to stay can sometimes make or break a stay.

There’s no need to be overcautious but just be sure to have a look at a few TripAdvisor reviews before you book anything. This will give you a good unbiased overview of what the place is like and whether you should book or avoid.

Give Air BnB a shout!

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A recent phenomenon in travel is staying in a stranger’s house in an Air BnB property.

Just as if you’re booking a hotel, you can go on the website and book a room or even a whole property owned by a local.

Often the owners will meet you when you arrive and can give you a local’s view of the place and some killer tips too.

Definitely something to consider if you’re up for something a little bit different!

All that remains now is get booking, get excited and go out there exploring!

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Student saver tips

Over the years I have learnt many ways to get the best deal and how to save money! Being a student there are never ending deals to persuade us to spend our money (and we often give in). It’s not just student discounts that can get you money off either.. so I here to show you ways you can save your pennies!

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Sign up to Unidays

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For those who don’t know about unidays it is a way of getting student discounts for many different websites/shops. Whenever you’re doing some online shopping check unidays for any deals they might have at that time. It is often not even just 10% often 20% and 25% deals too! Don’t waste this amazing platform for student discounts!

Get an NUS card

An NUS card is a well-known student card that can get you a lot of great discounts! They cost £12 so it’s a choice whether it is worth it for you. With my Essex student card I can get student discount in high street shops and get a student ticket at cineworld, but this card is recognised by all retailers so it might be worth investing in a NUS card! Having this you can 25% of national express, £3 for 3 months for now TV movies and 40% of pizza express. Sign up for your NUS card here

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Sign up to notifications from websites

As annoying as company emails can be, they are really helpful for finding deals! They will often email you letting you know about sales or money off events! Why miss out?!

Write a complaint

 I know that to a lot of people writing a complaint is daunting. But if you general have an issue about something then writing a complaint can lead to you getting a good deal. Once I hadn’t received a refund from Newlook for something I had returned over a month ago. I rang up and asked what had happened to my refund and they gave me 20% ff my next purchase for the delay!

Wait for offers

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 You have seen that skirt that you desperately need or that hoodie you love? If you can hold on that little bit longer you might be able to find a good deal! If the shop you want to buy from isn’t currently doing a deal wait until they are. There may be a sale or a money off event just around the corner!

Get a loyalty card:

They may mean you can’t shut your purse but they are totally worth it! If you’re going to spend the money you might as well get something back for it right?!

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If you’re doing your shopping at the local Tesco this is one of the places you should get a card for! If you spend enough money you get clubcard vouchers. This goes on both food and petrol. These can then be spent on days at such as Colchester zoo (£7.50 in clubcard vouchers per ticket), voucher for restaurants such as pizza express (£2.50 in clubcard= £10 pizza express) and you can even get cinema tickets.

Recently I signed up for a body shop card. Even if you hardly spend money in there you get a voucher on your birthday so it’s win win. But if you do shop in their regularly, for every £1 you spend you get 10 points which is a really good deal! Once you have collected 500 points ( Spent £50) then you get a £5 voucher.

Boots have a different system. You get points for every purchase you make which you can then spend in store. So if you have 400 points and buy a £3.29 meal deal you can pay with your points!

Download Apps

Downloading apps for different companies can save you money and the great thing is you can just delete them after! Often they might do discounts like ‘10% of your first purchase using the app’ which I just used on a quiz app. The apps will also send you notifications on when they have sales and money off events so a great way to keep up to date with all the deals!

Yeah my brain hurts too.. so many ways to save money! Happy shopping!

How to make the most of the Christmas Holidays

Over Christmas we have a month off.. That’s right a whole month! Of course we could just hibernate, watch a lot of Netflix and eat our body weight in Christmas food.. but that’s not a productive way to spend the holidays, despite how much much you might want to. We’re at university now and, as much as we say we’re not, we are kind of adults now. And adults have responsibilities. With a whole month off there is a lot of time to be productive and get things done!

Catching up with friends and family

For anyone who is lucky enough to be able to go home over Christmas, the best thing is being able to catch up with family and friends. Most of my friends are also at uni so it means we are all in the same town for once! It means going out for a Christmas meal, celebrating new years together and usually squeezing in a few cheeky nights out before we all start back! Over Christmas I also have more time to go see family, always making sure to go visit my great grandma and seeing various family members throughout the Christmas period.

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Every Christmas I’ve always had some sort of studying to do. Whether it is an essay to write or an exam to revise for, you’ve always got to remember to keep on top of studying! This year I have January exams and dissertation data to collect, so that will keep me busy over the holidays! Set out a plan of what work you need to do over Christmas and when you’re going to do it. Don’t give yourself 3 weeks off and then remember that exam you’ve got on the first Monday back!

A good plan, if you’re work load isn’t too bad, is to spend the first week of the holidays doing work, then give yourself a week or 2 off between Christmas and new year to celebrate and see friends and family. Then spend the last week getting back into your uni work!

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Earn some much needed cash

The Christmas period is always a great time to earn some money. If you don’t have a job, it could be a good idea to apply for Christmas temp jobs just to get you some extra money over the Christmas period! By now all the Christmas jobs are likely to be taken, but this is definitely something to think about for next Christmas. If you already have a job like me and just stick to weekend hours, it’s a good time to get some overtime in. If you work in retail they will definitely need extra help over Christmas, so talk to your manager about getting some extra hours!

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Enhance your CV

Are you involved in the big Essex award? Or do you want to enhance your CV? Then why not do some volunteering over the break. Finding the time to do some volunteering when you’re back uni can be really tricky when you’ve got so much to do, so while you have a month off it’s a great time to organise some volunteering. Check out Doit.org and Vteam for possible volunteering opportunities.

Remember to enjoy the holidays!

Of course being uni students we all have studying to do and bills to pay, but remember the holidays are also a break and a time to de-stress and relax. Make sure you give yourself some time off and don’t feel guilty for hibernating for a couple days of the holidays!

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How to make your own Christmas cards

I know that as a student you try to save as much money and time as possible, therefore this blog is going to be about how to make your own Christmas cards in under an hour! For the readers out there who don’t want to spend ages cutting and sticking, don’t worry! I’m going to tell you how to make some Santa Christmas cards that look great, but are super easy to make!

You will need:

  • Card (thick enough to be used as the main part of the card)
  • Red paper
  • White paper
  • Flesh coloured paper
  • Black marker pen
  • Pink crayon or pencil
  • Glue
  • Scissors

How to make the cards:

  1. Fold your card in half to make the main base for the cards.
  2. Cut a strip of the flesh coloured paper and place it in the middle of your card and trim the edges so that it fits, then glue it down.
  3. Cut a strip of red paper and stick it above the flesh coloured paper so that it covers the top of the card for Santa’s hat.
  4. Next, rip the white paper (don’t worry it doesn’t have to be neat) and glue it over where the red and flesh coloured paper meet. This is going to be the fur on Santa’s hat.
  5. Then rip another piece of white paper for his beard. You should try and make this arch at the top as shown in the picture below. Then stick this to the bottom of the card, below the flesh coloured paper.
  6. Take the black marker to draw eyes, nose and a mouth on Santa and use the pink crayon or pencil to draw on some rosey cheeks to the flesh coloured paper.

And you’re done!

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You can also use this exact design to make gift bags and tags!

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I hope this is useful and happy card making 🙂

7 ways to save money on a student budget

There’s nothing worse than being a few weeks into the term and realising that you’re bank account is already severely lacking in funds. All of those nights out, takeaways and shopping trips have finally caught up with you and now entering your overdraft seems like more of a certainty than a possibility.

But before you make that awkward phone call to Mum and Dad to ask for some extra money, have a look at some of these easy ways to save money at University…

“Do I really need this?”

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This one question “do I really need this?” is what always goes through my mind when I buy stuff. Could I get a cheaper alternative or could I survive without it? You soon realise that you probably don’t need to buy as much stuff as you realise. It only takes a few seconds to stop and think about what you’re spending your money on and it could potentially save you a lot of money over time.

Cheap lunches!

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Whilst buying lunch on campus is okay once in a while, spending money on food every day easily adds up. Therefore, investing in a plastic container for bringing your lunch into Uni could be very useful.

Also, I personally find it quite hard to cook for one, so I often store my leftovers in the fridge and have them for lunch the next day. It depends on what I cooked, but if there’s not enough for a full lunch, I often make it into a sandwich or add some pasta/rice to it to bulk it up a bit! This way, you get two meals for the price of one! What’s not to love?!

Make your food shop go further

This is probably the part of your outcome that you can influence the most. It’s easy to let go a bit when you get distracted in the supermarket but if you go in with a plan and don’t get tempted by all the offers then you’ll probably save a lot… If you don’t already then make a list of meals which you’re going to cook over the next weeks before you go shopping. From this, you should know exactly what you need to buy and what you don’t.

Student discount

Whilst it lasts, utilise your status as a student to get as much discount as possible. A lot of places offer 10/20% for showing a valid student card at the checkout, so it’s always worth asking the person behind the till whether or not they do a student discount.

Also, a hub for all things student discount is the mobile app/website Unidays which offers exclusive discounts for signing up for free!

Pre-owned Textbooks

Likelihood is that you’re only going to be using the majority of your books a few times before you try and sell it on for a few pounds. So why buy them  brand new? Sites like Ebay and abe books sell books that are second hand for a fraction of the price. If you have friends that have already done your modules then ask them if they’re willing to sell theirs too. Yes, buy them brand new if you must, but consider it as a last resort if you can’t find a book anywhere else. I’ve bought quite a few books second hand in the past and they have ended up being brand new and still in its cellophane. Needless to say, it’s well worth having a bit of a search online before you get your books…

Find your own ways to cut the pennies!

Over time, you’ll eventually find your own easy ways to save a little bit of cash here and there as you become a seasoned student. For example, I’m a fan of getting a lime and soda at the SU bar for 30p instead of spending £1.40 for a pint of coke. Going to the supermarket in the evening is also a good idea as they try to sell their fresh goods off by offering massive discounts before they become unsellable.

Make your own money

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If you find that you have a go at all of these tips and you still find yourself strapped for cash, then it might be worth trying to get a part time job alongside your studies. There are various part time roles and frontrunner placements available on campus through the University and the SU, so make sure you keep your eyes out for when they advertise. Also, keep an eye on career hub, an online vacancy board run by the university, to keep updated with what the wonderful people at the employability and careers centre are doing.

 

How to perfect your CV and get that job!

Do you keep putting off writing your CV? Whether it’s because you don’t know where to start, or because you feel like you’re just going to wait until you actually need to apply for a job, I hope this post will help. Here are my 5 top tips for perfecting your CV and getting the job you have your sights set on!

1. Use a template from the Essex CV pack

Using a template ensures that you are getting the right information down on your CV and are showing potential employers the things they want to see! The Essex CV pack currently has 7 different CV templates depending on the type of CV that you need to write. It really helps to have a template as it gives you a starting point for how a CV should look and be formatted. It also seems like a lot less work when you have a template in front of you so there’s no excuses not to have an up to date CV!

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2. Try to include your personality

Employers will see plenty of CVs that just have an applicant’s grades and experience on them. Try and include your personality in your profile or achievements section. If you love travelling or enjoy cycling, make sure to include these things. You want to appear like a person on your CV and not just a set of credentials. This can help to set you apart from the other applicants competing for the same job.

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3. Tailor it to the job

Make sure to include the key skills and keywords that the job you are applying for requires. It’s always a good idea to create a general CV then tailor it for each job you apply for. This helps you to show off the skills you have that the employer is looking for. It also makes the employer feel like you aren’t just sending out your CV to every job vacancy available and that you actually want the job and are suited to it.

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4. Use a CV checklist

You can find a great one on the Essex CV pack here. Make sure to check your CV ticks every box – it’s a great idea to get a friend, who can be more objective than you, to check it too. I would recommend taking time after writing your CV to review it so you can look at it with a fresh mind and be ruthless in cutting out the sections you don’t need.

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5. Get it checked by a professional

Pop into the Employability and Careers Centre and book an appointment to get your CV checked over. You’ll get great advice about how to improve your CV and if you need an application checked over they can do this too! It’s really worth getting someone to check over your CV and cover letter before you apply to an important job. These little tweaks could be the difference between getting a rejection or an interview for your dream job.

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I hope these tips have given you motivation to start writing a CV or to just refresh your current one! Good luck with your job applications, working alongside your degree helps you to gain great experience, and of course, helps with the bills!

 

Jobs on Campus: What a Frontrunners placement is and what it involves

Looking for a job on campus?

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Frontrunners is an excellent placement scheme that the University of Essex provides to students. It is a paid job on campus that fits around your uni timetable and your studies, so it is a great way to earn a bit of cash!

It involves working within a sector of the university and helps you to build skills and experience for your CV, so you are more prepared to go in to a full-time job once you graduate. There are many different placements available, so you could get one that ties in with your university course.

Not only will you gain valuable experience, but you can also see what you like or don’t like within a role, which will give you more of an idea about what you want to do when you finish university. For example, you may love working in an office or you could hate it!

Have a look at this video below from a student from the University of Essex and see how she enjoyed her Frontrunners experience!

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What is the difference between a Frontrunner and Frontrunner Plus placement?

A Frontrunner placement can only be done once. Once you have had one you can only apply for Frontrunner Plus placements from then onwards.

Anyone can apply for a Frontrunner Plus placement and you do not have to have had a Frontrunner placement before. They involve more responsibility and the pay is more, so it is an opportunity to develop your skills further.

My experiences

I was a Frontrunner during the summer holidays at the university. I worked on the Student’s Union reception as a Marketing and Admin Frontrunner. I learned so many new skills that will help me in the future and it has given me some idea of what jobs I should apply for once I graduate, as I learned more about what I enjoy doing.

I then applied to do a Frontrunner Plus placement and I got the job in the SU Sports Office as a Sports Social Media Frontrunner. I am currently still working on this placement, which lasts until next April, which is great as I will then have more time to study for my exams and it is furthering my marketing knowledge and skills.

 

I would totally recommend having a look on the website below for positions that are currently being advertised to start in November. The deadline for this round of Frontrunners is Friday 14th October at 12 noon!

http://www.essex.ac.uk/frontrunners/placements/available_placements.aspx

Good luck!

 

Yes, students can cook!

Not everyone is a Gordon Ramsey or Mary Berry in the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make some decent meals for yourself!

Life isn’t just about pot noodle and microwavable burgers (sadly),  parents get awfully concerned when they learn that you have not eaten some fruit or vegetables in a while, and, despite the smaller budget, there is certainly no need to starve.

The stereotypical image of a lazy student who doesn’t or can’t cook is, for the most part, wrong. In fact in most of the accommodation on campus, the kitchen is the main social space providing a great place to cook, study and chat.flat kitchen

Unfortunately there is no excuse not to cook: there are loads of blogs, websites and YouTube videos dedicated to student cooking – all of which are cheap and simple to prepare. Vlogs such as SORTEDfood are my particular favourite for inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/user/sortedfood.

In addition to this, there are numerous cooking books for students, but these are often expensive (money which could be spent on food instead, so buy second-hand if you can)- however I do recommend Nosh for Students by Joy May if you are desperate to add a cookery book to your collection.

Of course cooking doesn’t have to be expensive. The two campus shops should stock everything you need and there is also a Tesco a short walk (or bus ride) from the main campus. If you go into Colchester town itself you’ll find a Sainsbury’s, Aldi and a myriad of other food sources. There is also a market on campus every Thursday which allows you to stock up on a few bits for your cupboards.

Here is one recipe that I love, which is easy to make and costs next to nothing:

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Serves 1
1 serving tomato soup (fresh, or from a can), heated
30g spaghetti, cooked to packet instructions
1 egg, fried
Parmesan, grated, to serve
Black pepper

  1. Boil the spaghetti until soft and heat the soup.
  2. Put the spaghetti in a bowl, cover with the soup, top with the egg and sprinkle with plenty of parmesan and black pepper.

Perhaps add some meatballs and mince to help bulk up this meal further.

Remember, fruit and veg will provide great pick-me-ups for when you’re feeling a bit ill or drained of energy. In particular, Vitamin C is vital to keep “Freshers flu” at bay!Failing that, you could always eat out at the numerous food outlets on campus- see this handy guide as to what is available: https://www.youtube.com/watchv=GfHO34H75S0&feature=youtu.be – just make sure you budget for it!

 

An A-Z guide to Essex

A is for Awkward. Freshers can be awkward. Let’s face it, meeting new people for the first time can be awkward. But you’ll laugh it off and that’ll be the start of a beautiful friendship.

B is for Blades. At Essex, sports is a big part of the university and Essex Blades is our team. I know if you’re like me and you haven’t ran since year 9 P.E, the thought of sports is daunting.  But there is lots to choose from, such as hockey, pole dancing and ultimate frisbee.

C is for Campus Cat. Whether you love or hate cats, you will love this one! Pebbles is the Essex mascot and can been seen roaming around campus everyday ! He is so popular at Essex, he even has his own student card.

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D is for Derby Day. If you do join a sports team, Derby Day is the biggest day of the year. This is the day where Essex compete against their ultimate rivals, UEA (booo!).

E is for Essex. While you’ve made the move to somewhere new, why not try some days out amd see what the county has to offer? A trip to Clacton seaside or go rollerskating at roller world.

F is for Fednesday. Every Wednesday night the sports teams get together, dress up and go to sports fed. It is many Essex students’ favourite night out on campus.

G is for Goals. During you’re university experience, remember why you came. Don’t forget to set goals and put the work in to achieve them!

H is for hoodies. Admit it, you’ve always wanted a university hoodie. Well here’s your chance. Get yourself down to Everything Essex to get your hands on one!

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I is for Illness.  You’re about to suffer from fresher flu. What is fresher flu? No one really knows. All I can tell you is at some point during the first couple weeks you will get a bizarre illness where you may feel like you might be about to pass out, but I guarantee you’ll still be going to all the nights out!

J is for Job. If you want a little bit of extra money it’s a good idea to get a job. The SU offer lots of jobs working in their venues and you can also speak to the Employability and Careers service on campus.

K is for Kitchen. This is where some of the best memories at Essex will happen!

L is for Level up. Like somewhere a bit quieter to hang out? Why not go to level up to play a bit of pool, and don’t forget to try their milkshakes!

M is for Milk it. On Monday get yourself down to the SU bar for karaoke and then after midnight getting to dance to loads of cheesy pop!

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N is for Nine am. If you can go to milk it and make it to the 9am the next day, you’re winning at student life.

O is for overdraft. If you not very good with money, check which bank offers the best overdraft options.

P is for Peer Mentor. Find out who your peer mentor is. They can be helpful for any questions you might have about your subject or university life in general.

Q is for Quiz Night. Who doesn’t love a quiz night? Get yourself down to the SU bar on a Thursday with a quiz team and test your knowledge!

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R is for Reading List. Best advice, do your weekly reading! You’ll only get behind if you don’t!

S is for Societys. Join a society, we’ve lots to choose from such as Debating, Harry Potter and Punk.

T is for TV License. The rules have changed for watching catch up TV and needing a TV license. Don’t be caught out, check if you need one before you watch!

U is for Unidays. Make sure you create a unidays account for student discount off lots of shops, and it includes half price spotify!

V is for Vitamins. At uni you will experience sleep deprivation, freshers flu and hangovers, so eating the right food and getting the right vitamins is very important!

W is for Weekends. For me, weekends are at spent at work earning extra cash, for other university students it’s spent going out on a Saturday night and spending Sunday with a hangover. Decide how you want to spend yours and enjoy!

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X is for Xerography. Do you know what this word means? No me either. But be prepared to use long words that you may not completely understand in your essays!

Y is for Yum. The satisfaction of the first time you cook a decent meal on your own.

Z is for Zoo. Colchester was voted 2nd in the country for its zoo, so I would definitely advise a trip to the zoo! I’ve probably been 20 times myself.g

Your First Food Shopping List

I’m sure that on your first food shop a lot of you will buy every single food that you like and everything on offer. However, this is not always the best way to go. You need to think how often you are going to do a shop and plan for the week or so what you’re going to eat. You have to remember you are only buying for 1 person!

This blog is going to give you a basic shopping list of what I would recommend you buy on your first food shopping trip and give you some top tips on how to use and make your food last!

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Here goes the shopping list…

  • Porridge/cereal
  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Your favourite spread for toast
  • Eggs
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Chicken
  • Mince
  • Fish
  • Pasta sauce
  • Curry sauce
  • Your favourite fruit
  • Your favourite vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Ham
  • Pitta bread
  • Potatoes (you can make jackets, mash, roast potatoes or chips to go with a meal)
  • Baked beans
  • Soup
  • Salt, pepper and dried herbs (always useful)
  • Some sort of Pot or Super noodles (of course you need an emergency stash!)
  • Frozen pizza (always comes in handy)
  • Something sweet of your choice!

This shopping list would last me over a week, but there are a lot of the basic foods there that you can either freeze or re-heat, so they’ll last. You have to remember some foods can be kept a while, such as rice, pasta, tins and jarred foods, so you do not have to eat them so soon. Whereas, things like fruit and vegetables and particularly meat will go out of date a lot more quickly.

From this shopping list a variety of meals can be made. For example, just for breakfast you could have, porridge/cereal, toast and your favourite spread, beans on toast, cheese on toast or eggs on toast. For dinner you could use mince to have a Chilli Con Carne dish or Spaghetti Bolognaise and with the chicken and fish you could have pasta, rice or some type of potato. It is good to vary your meals throughout the week, so you don’t get bored of eating the same thing!

Top tips:

  • When you buy something, such as chicken, mince or fish, leave 1 or 2 portions in the fridge that you will eat within the next couple of days. You can put the rest in the freezer wrapped up in a freezer bag. This way the food will not go off in the fridge and will not go to waste!
  • Another option is to buy frozen meats, fruits and vegetables. This way they last a lot longer and are usually quite a bit cheaper!
  • Typically you would not eat a whole loaf of bread to yourself before it goes out of date, so what I tend to do is freeze it. I would then take a couple of slices out whenever I wanted toast and put it straight in the toaster from frozen, so the loaf does not go to waste!
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For your time at uni this will become your best friend!

Good luck!