With today’s electricity prices, living in constant darkness would be the most frugal thing to do. However, that might get quite depressing and difficult, so below is a list of some more comfortable ways to save money. “Många bäckar små” as the saying goes and honestly for us students, don’t we need everything we can get?
1. Train tickets
To be honest, this can be quite a sizable “bäck”, if you are lucky you could save hundreds of crowns. How to minimize the cost of train tickets varies, here are some examples:
-When traveling with Skånetrafiken, you do get a discount when buying more than one ticket, at least when using their app. So if you are traveling with someone, purchase together. This works for bus tickets as well.
-When it comes to SJ, they sometimes release discounted tickets 24 hours before departure. If you are quick and flexible enough you might be able to get your ticket half off or at least a lot cheaper.
2. “Eat-soon” products
Plenty of grocery stores have fruit & vegetable-bags or a shelf for products that must be used in the nearest future and therefore are reduced in price. This is a perfect opportunity to save some money and reduce food waste. Even if you might already have dinner plans for that day, there is a good possibility you can freeze it and save for later. Same goes for campaigns and other deals that don’t match with your food schedule. Freeze for another day.
3. Memberships at stores and student discounts
Most stores and especially grocery stores offer their customers memberships and some stores even have special arrangements for us students. These can be very beneficial since they often include gifts, discounts and other deals.
4. Become a hairdresser
You can create your own hair salon at home and cut each other’s hair. Imagine the money this can save and laughter it can create… Or not, it doesn’t have to be that hard. Although if you are feeling a little lost you could always watch a tutorial on YouTube.
5. Borrow clothes
With all sittningar and likewise at least I am in need of dresses. To buy one dress for each occasion though is not economically sustainable. First of all, you could wear what you already own more often but also borrow more clothes from each other. It is a win-win.
6. Substitute products
Buying plant-based is not always cheaper, so I am not going to tell you to become vegan. However a simple thing like replacing your usual butter (this actual robbery) to a plant-based one, can make you save up to 40 kr a package!
Do I even have to explain? Although to maximize your financial benefits from this, have Ove Sundberg in mind and as he would put it – do not click the wrong button.
The nations host so many different events, so if you ever are in the mood for a fika, dinner or dancing, nations provide all that at a much better price than regular restaurants, clubs and cafes.
9. Lunch boxes and take-from-home coffee
By bringing your own coffee thermos and lunch to school you obviously save a lot of money. To get some inspiration you could always look into one of Alfred Nilssons many food articles or Annie Blomgrens article “Cheap and Fast Food – at Home”.
10. “Remember, water is also a drink”
If you would have listened closer to this, would you even need this list?