Bargain Hunter: Go the Extra mile at fresher's week and cut your grocery bills


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With universities' freshers' week fast approaching, we're set to see a new wave of hard-up students finding fresh ways to eke out a meal over several nights.

But while money will be tight for many new under-graduates, there are plenty of deals for them to take advantage of, not least through their own union's discount card.

The NUS Extra card is available to students studying full-time or part-time. To be eligible you must be 16 or over and studying in further or higher education. There is no upper age limit.

There's a range of deals on offer through the card, including at restaurants, clothes shops and cinemas. But perhaps the most useful is 10 per cent off groceries at 2,800 Co-operative Food stores.

In fact it topped a table of the discount "used most regularly by NUS Extra cardholders". Next most used was New Look, followed by Amazon, Superdrug, Asos, Odeon and Pizza Express.

Andrew Mann of the Co-op, said: "Students are facing increasing financial pressures while studying, and are becoming more savvy when it comes to food shopping and learning to live and cook on a budget."

The card costs £12 for a year and can be ordered through

However, anyone opening a student account with Lloyds or Bank of Scotland can get an NUS Extra card for free for up to three years.

Sign up to get 40% off Odeon cinema tickets

Odeon is offering 40 per cent off the price of standard cinema tickets until 16 October. Sign up for your own discount code at the website to claim the discount. The code can't be used on Tuesdays or alongside any other promotional offers or discounts.

Learn how to save a life at these free sessions

St John Ambulance is running free first aid-teaching sessions as part of its Save a Life September awareness month. It promises: "In the time it takes to do your weekly shop, you could learn how to stop a friend choking or keep a loved one alive until an ambulance arrives." You can find a session near you at

Keep your energy bills fixed for 18 months

EDF Energy has launched Blue+Price Promise March 2016, a cheaper energy tariff with fixed prices for 18 months.

On top of that the company promises you will be alerted if you could save more than £1 a week at typical use with any other tariff, either from EDF Energy or its competitors. Customers are also free to leave with no exit fees at any time. Full details can be found at

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