Being a student can be stressful, especially when it comes to money management and budgeting your student loan, which is why it’s important to keep track of your spending so you do not end up in financial difficulties which can cause anxiety and stress.
So here we have compiled our top tips for budgeting whilst at university and on managing your student loan:
1. Have a savings account and a current account
Keep your student loan in a savings account that you cannot access without physically moving the money over to your current account! This will make you think more about purchasing something that may not be necessary, and you will be able to keep track of how you’re spending your money. You can also give yourself a weekly or monthly allowance to make sure you can make your student loan last.
2. Work a part-time job
Here at the University of Lincoln, there are plenty of student working opportunities and this is a fantastic way to make some extra cash! Of course, the less of your student loan that you use, the fewer repayments you’ll have to make in the future, and you’ll have some extra money to enjoy yourself whilst at university! If there are no opportunities available at the university, there are plenty of bar and waiting jobs around Lincoln that you can apply for.
3. Create a spreadsheet / make notes
Keep track of your spending by creating a spreadsheet so you can easily see what is being spent and where. Having notes makes it less stressful if you are worried about where money has gone. Keeping everything organized can help you de-stress and make your student loan spending easier to track.
4. Plan ahead
Set your personal goals to help you budget your money. For example, if you spent $20 last month on chocolate, but your friend’s birthday is coming up, set yourself a goal to spend $10 on chocolate, so that you can have extra funds to enjoy your friend’s birthday. Make sure you plan ahead and are aware of any additional outings that you may come across in future weeks/months, this way you can budget more for upcoming months.
5. Watch what you finance
With finance payments easily available when online shopping for things such as clothes, it can be very tempting to use financing companies to buy luxuries you might not necessarily need. This can be bad because when it comes to paying off the balance, you may not have the funds to do this, which can lead to interest rates, fines, and debt. Try to avoid buying things this way, especially on extra spending such as fashion.
We hope these tips were useful to help you manage your student loan! If you’re still struggling with money we would recommend having a look at the Student Service finance page — they may have grants which you could be eligible for such as the travel grant or disabled students’ allowance to name a few!
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