Monday, 19 July 2010

Money money money!

The most money I've ever had was whilst I was at uni... but that's beside the point.
You'll probably get your student loan every 3 to 4 months, at the beginning of each term, so here are a few helpful hints to make it stretch that little bit further ;-)

1. Student Beans!

If you're going out to dinner, to the cinema, buying something nice, or actually for anything at all, sign up to student beans for cool freebies and discount vouchers just for students!

2. NUS card

Flash it wherever you go, WHEREVER you go!

3. The Yellow card

Save ££££££ on drinks and food for a cheap night out!

4. Food shopping
This only works if you a) get on with your flat mates, b) you like similar food and c) you have similar timetables.
It's easier to cook for more than one and cheaper too! When you do your weekly shop have a plan of what you're going to eat that week - with a few variations - jacket potato and beans gets a bit boring after a while.
Also don't go food shopping when you're hungry, you'll just come back with lots of biscuits, snack food and no actual real food! ha!

And finally
5. Budget
Write a weekly, monthly or termly budget, whichever suits you.
Start at the top with your incomes - so student loan and wages. Then add them together to make a total group A.
Then make a list below called group B, this is all your expenditures for the same time period so if it's monthly then work out how much you'll roughly spend each month on food, going out, phone bills, books etc.
Then take B away from A to get C. If C is a negative number you're in trouble!!! You're spending more than you're earning! If C is a positive or 0 then you're on track :-) Obviously it's just a guestimate but will give you an idea of where your money is going. Simples :-)

So in nutshell, make the most of being a student, get all the freebies and discounts you can, because as soon as you become a graduate you lose them all and you have to be a proper grown up and pay in full!! xxx Love big sister number 2, the one who lives in Bristol :-)

Monday, 12 July 2010

Peanut butter cookies

Hey Nomes
longtime no post sorry been busy anyway today I made these cookies and they were delish and so easy def something to make at uni when you need a cookie fix.

The recipe is from (lots of amazing recipes!)
1 cup all-natural chunky or smooth peanut butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon bicarb of soda

about 1/4 cup any jam or choc spread you fancy ( did half with jam and half with choc)

Preheat oven to 170oC. Grease a baking sheet with butter and set aside. In a mixer combine peanut butter and sugars until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add egg and baking soda and mix for another 2 minutes. The dough will be crumbly. Roll into teaspoon sized balls and make a small indentation in the center of the dough ball with your pointer finger. Fill the depression with fruit preserves. Bake for 12 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool on a baking sheet for two minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Pic from Joy the Baker

You will be one popular housemate after baking these! Happy summertime not long til the life of university
love you lots
x x x