Molly is 17 years old and decided to get involved with Student Life because she enjoys writing for a purpose and talking publicly about the things she is passionate about.
We all know being a student is incredibly expensive. It takes a lot of time and money in order to be ‘fashionable’ or up-to-date with the ever-changing latest trends, or to buy all the textbooks needed for your studies. Luckily, Ipswich has many great shops that offer major discounts for students, making shopping less strenuous on the budget. Clothing shops with great deals such as New Look and H&M offer up to 20% off on their clothes, and even more during sale season.
Utilising student discounts are a great way to save money.
You can also get student discounts in many other shops, such as Superdrug and Waterstones, if clothes shopping isn’t something you do as often. Besides the discount, Waterstones often have some great deals, which is useful if you’re a book nerd like me!
However, whilst it’s all too tempting to spend often and just because you can, it’s also important to consider the environmental impact of using student discounts.
Getting things for less means that we are more likely to buy much more, creating more unnecessary and harmful waste in the long run (when things go into landfill). Whilst student discounts are an amazing way to save money, we end up buying things we don’t need and throwing them away all too often. An ethical option in place of other cosmetic shops is Lush. Whilst it’s on the slightly pricier end of the spectrum (but not completely unaffordable), shopping at Lush means you are getting ethical, long-lasting and organic products. These are usually better for you than something manufactured you’d find in the other, bigger shops. Lush are focused on producing a positive environmental impact and oppose the use of animal testing, which many companies still carry out. I think it’s just important to be mindful that we can save money, but also positively impact the environment at the same time.
So, Ipswich has many options for shopping on a budget as a student. It’s worth asking in every shop if you can get a student discount on your item, you’ll be surprised how much you can save. It’s also a useful way of keeping up with fashion or the latest books whilst keeping your bank account happy!