4 ways to save this January

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Undeniably, December is an indulgent month for many and quite often in more ways than one. You’ve probably eaten too much, drunk too much and ultimately spent too much. So why not start the year right? Be savvy with your money and make savings where you can, whilst still enjoying yourself.

1. Preparation is key

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If you’re trying to eat healthier this month, planning your meals in advance is one of the best ways to ensure you stick to your diet goals. Work out what you’re doing for the coming week and which days you’ll need lunch and dinner, decide what you’d like to eat and then head to the shops and stock up. Whether it’s salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, pies, casseroles, currys or roast dinners, having food ready to cook specific meals means you’re less likely to pop to the shop and reach for the convenience foods or order a takeaway.

2. Don’t join a gym for the sake of it

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Many people claim they will get fit in the New Year and so they automatically join a gym. But within a few weeks (if not sooner), they find themselves paying for a gym membership that they’re not even using. So, don’t jump on the gym bandwagon if you’re not 100% sure the gym is for you, as you’ll only be throwing money away. Why not contact your local gyms and find out whether they can provide you with some free day passes to try out the facilities before you commit? Most gyms will run offers at this time of year so when you’re ready to join, be sure to check for any discounts or freebies that may be running. And don’t forget, the gym isn’t the only way to keep fit. Go for a run, play a game of football with your friends or take a cycle around the city.

3. Shop around for coupons

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In January, people often avoid eating out to not only watch their waistline, but also their wallet; which is good news if you’re planning on dining out this month. Many restaurants, pubs and bars know this is the case and so offer extra discounts to encourage people to dine with them. So before you eat out, take a look on the venue’s website for any coupons or check out sites such as VoucherCodes or Vouchercloud for a variety of discounts. And it’s not just eating out – shop around for discounts for days out and things such as cinema tickets and bowling.

4. Shop the sales (and earn some extra money too)

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Whether it’s a new coat for the cold, new trainers for the treadmill or some new tech for uni, shop around and bag yourself a bargain in the sales. High street stores and online retailers have slashed their prices on all sorts of items with huge discounts to be had. And if you’ve got any unwanted Christmas gifts, why not sell them on sites such as eBay or Gumtree and earn yourself a few extra pounds to treat yourself to something you actually want in the sales?

Making savings and spending less than anticipated is a great way to start the year. These tips aren’t just useful for January, they’re useful to bear in mind all year round.

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New Year, New You?

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Ah January; a New Year, a new start and well, another opportunity to break those New Year’s resolutions. While we all have great intentions on becoming a better person and changing our ways for the year ahead, unfortunately 80% of people who make New Year’s resolutions fail by February.

So, whether it’s to drink less, save more, get fit or attend all of your lectures (yes, even the 9am ones), what can you do to improve your chances of seeing your resolutions through and not giving up before the year’s barely begun?

Firstly, you should only make one resolution. Because, let’s face it, making one change to your current lifestyle is probably going to be challenging enough, so why set yourself up for a fall by setting yourself 10 different ones? By selecting just one resolution, you can focus your time and effort solely on sticking to, and succeeding with the one thing.

When setting your resolution, you should make it personal and not follow suit with what others are doing – it’s got to be realistic and attainable for you. For example, if one of your friends who runs several miles weekly and competes in races regularly, is setting themselves the task of running a marathon this year, but you’ve never run before – it’s probably not the best idea to throw yourself in at the deep end and join them. Instead, why not aim for a shorter 3k or 5k run first? Then, once you’ve ran that far, you can aim for even further distances such as a 10km or a half marathon. Breaking your goal into a series of smaller, more manageable and time-based steps will make that end goal much more achievable and a lot less scary. As the saying goes, we must learn to walk before we can run.

And when times get tough and you start to question why you’re changing your ways, it’s important to remind yourself of the benefits of what you’re doing. If you’ve decided you’re going to attend all of your lectures, remember why you’re doing it when it’s 5pm on a Friday evening and all your friends are off to the pub, but you’ve got an hour lecture to attend instead. It might not seem like the better option at the time, but missing that one lecture could mean missing important information that will help you answer a key question in the end of year exams.

No matter your resolution and goal, remember to stay strong, be committed, and don’t give up at the first hurdle (yes there will be set-backs and struggles along the way, but the satisfaction you’ll feel for sticking at it will definitely outweigh them). Here’s to a happy, healthy and productive 2018!

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