8 WAYS TO SAVE YOUR WALLET (AND THE WORLD) Let’s face it, we’re all poor students (apart from the hordes of first year free freshers, RIP) and we could all use some penny pinching tips on how to make every dollar count. Never fear, because I’ve put together the essential student guide to stretching that student allowance as far as possible, while also giving Mother Nature a well-deserved break.
Buy produce package-free when you can via fruit and vegetable markets like Growers Direct on Yaldhurst Road or Crazy Dave’s in Blenheim Square. They almost always have better tasting produce, a wider selection, and better bargains than your local supermarket.
Op Shop it up. Some notable personal favourites are: – The Great Opportunity Shop, 380 Colombo St – The Salvation Army Shop, 300 Lincoln Rd – The Red Cross Shop, 14 Yaldhurst Road – Recycle Boutique, The Tannery, 3 Garlands Road There is an op shop in Addington, just up from Portershed café, where I scored some $1 jeans off their clearance rack: now I wear them all the time. At Recycle Boutique you can even sell your own preloved clothes that you don’t mind parting with (keeping in mind they generally take more upmarket labels rather than the cheaper stuff).
Meat Free Mondays. This may not be a popular one, but meat is expensive, and who doesn’t love a good old vegetarian lasagne, vegetable stir fry or creamy mushroom pasta? Hit up Veg Club of UC (VCUC) on their social media for delicious meal ideas. Oh, vegan meals are rank, you say? Hate to break it to you, but the $2 rice you all know and love is completely animal product free.