This week is National Student Money Week, which is held every year to promote financial capability (along with a bit of fun). The theme this year is Spend Healthy, Live Healthy and there’s plenty going on over the next couple of days to spread awareness. The University of Suffolk Finance Team is holding events on 4 and 5 February down in the Waterfront Foyer, so it’s definitely worth checking it out during your break.
Blackbullion have teamed up with Pingit for the chance for you to win a Fitness Tracker watch in the #ZeroWasteJar competition. All you have to do is pick up a jar at the Money Week Fair on Tuesday or Wednesday and create your own “meal in a jar”. The jar will come with an idea for what you can make or you can do your own. Once you’ve created your “meal in a jar”, you can upload the photo to social media using the #ZeroWasteJar and tag Blackbullion and the University of Suffolk. They will be taking entries over the week, so make sure you get yours uploaded. (Terms and conditions available to view when you pick up your jar).
Money Week Fair
On 4 February between 10am-2pm and Wednesday between 9am-1pm, there will be all sorts of charities and organisations down in the Waterfront Foyer. Food Savvy will have a smoothie bike for you to make your own smoothies and will also be giving out banana cake (sounds delicious!). There will also be a swap shop for you to bring anything along and swap it for something else you might like. Zest will be holding a donation station, so have a look around your room if there’s anything you don’t use or need. Student Services will be holding a book stall and there will be a Taste Testing table to see if you can tell the difference between brands and supermarkets own brands. There will be loads of other stalls to have a look at such as the Suffolk County Council Internship, so it’s definitely worth a look.
Pingit is an app designed to help you to take control of your money. They’ve helped to promote the National Student Money Week and their app is one you can really use. To make spending and saving easier, you can organise your money in “jars” on the app. That way, you can monitor how much you spend on different activities and transfer money quickly and easily (making the stress of shared bills a thing of the past).
With this year’s National Student Money Week, the theme is Spend Healthy, Live Healthy and there’s so many ways that you can do that, even on a budget. Sustainability starts off with changing some habits; you can start off with getting a reusable coffee cup (you can usually get some money off a coffee if you use those), use leftovers and turn off the lights when you leave the room. These new habits will save you money, but you’ll also be doing your bit for the environment.