Half of students go hungry in order to save money, with even more ignoring best before dates, research has found.
Three in five admit to ignoring best before dates, while nearly 60% replace takeaways with toast, a survey of more than 1,000 students revealed.
Of those who ignored best before dates, 62% said they judged the food by "look and smell" while 22% said they simply "hoped for the best".
Other money saving strategies included:
- Staying in - 68%
- Using the reduced section at supermarkets - 66%
- Sell possessions on eBay - 57%
- Share group meals - 55%
- Pre-drink at home - 51%
- Walk everywhere - 47%
- Look online for free stuff - 42%
George Charles, of VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, who conducted the survey, said: "A key part of staying healthy is a balanced diet, but it seems that when needs must, pasta will do if you’re a student. It’s cheap and filling so I can see the attraction, but it’s not something you should live off long term!
"It’s good that students don’t throw food away needlessly, but you need to take an element of care. Inspect food that’s past its ‘best before’ date to make sure it’s safe to eat. If it’s got a ‘use by’ date though then you’re better off binning it and accepting the financial loss."
Shop at markets
Fruit and veg at the supermarket has got even more pricey. Nip down to the local market to pick up some produce at half the cost!
Use the library
Don't buy every book on your reading list, you may not even need all of them and you can probably find most in the library
Book in advance
Travelling home can get pretty pricey. Book your tickets in advance and you'll save a huge amount of money
Take pictures of your room
Unfortunately, some landlords and agencies will try to get as much money out of you as they possibly can. If you take pictures of every mark and damage in your house on the day you move in, when you come to move out, they can't pin any of the blame on you - and you'll get your deposit back