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'What can I do to ease my money worries?'

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Can you advise this student nurse?

“Moving away from home is both scary and exciting in so many ways, but something I’ve been having a hard time dealing with lately is budgeting my money well.

“I’ve been on my own for about a month now and I’m in constant fear of running out of money.

“You always hear about how poor uni students are, and I don’t want to run out of money before I get paid at the end of the month.

“I know cooking for myself is cheaper, but there have been so many times where I’m just too tired so I pick something up on the way home.

“Sometimes I’ll buy food and things and be afraid to look at my bank account later on, so I just put it off for a long time, which makes me even more nervous.

“I’ve never been someone who is very organised, but this is something I’m willing to work at.

“What can I do to ease my financial worries? Are there any apps or websites that would be able to help me become more organised at money management?”

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  • Every time you get paid break it all down so you know exactly how much you have for everything. You might find it easier to break that down to a weekly figure so say you have £50 for week 1 you only need to wait one week until week 2 for the next £50 so you don't feel like you are running out.Don't be afraid to check your bank because that will only make it worse. Have you got a banking app on your phone? They are really helpful to keep track of your money. Also if you do find you have spare time try bulk cooking and freezing things like soup/curries/stews because they are cheap and healthy and only take a few minutes in the microwave to reheat. I know you are probably struggling with time but planning your meals will save you money and keep you away from rubbish food that will make you feel bad and probably make you feel guilty and anxious for spending money. You'll figure it out your own way soon enough. Good luck :)

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  • Try doing your food shopping online and collecting from store unless you can get a cheap delivery slot. Helps you meal plan and you don't get all those little extras that take your bill from £25 to £50!
    If you have time do meal prep before you go to work, like peeling potatoes etc, might help you stay clear of the takeaways.
    Try and figure out how much cash you need for the week and take it out in advance, rather than using your card, it helps you keep a mental note of what you spend better.

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  • I know as a student nurse it is extremely hard to manage your money especially living of a monthly bursary. Honestly, it is easier said than done sometimes! I totally agree with the comments above. I think that you should plan and cook your meals for university and placement well in advance so that you are not buying food and unnecessary things constantly. I think as student nurses we need to discuss our financial situations more openly as we are all going through similar situations. To save money I used to buy some of my food from local markets rather than buying all my food from the big supermarkets as it is alot easier to haggle prices down in markets to suit your budget! Please look into getting an overdraft, increasing your overdraft or looking into if your university offer extra financial help/access to learning fund. All the best with your nursing! C x

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