Cheap ways to spend a day: Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire

  • Getting away doesn’t need to cost a fortune!
  • Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire which is protected by the National Trust is a great, free place to explore.


Ashridge Estate Information FlyerA few weeks ago when my partner suggested travelling to a National Trust estate to go walking, I couldn’t think of anything worse. Me? Walking? Mud? No thank you. But, after a while he persuaded me as I really wanted to get out of the house. Plus, any ideas I would have would involve me going shopping then feeling guilty for splurging…

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Last minute Mother’s Day gifts!

  • From cards, memorable gifts and discount codes – here’s some Mother’s Day gift inspiration


Ashridge Estate Information Booklet

For those of you who haven’t heard – Mother’s Day is the 15th March (that’s this Sunday!) And if you’re as busy as I am you’ll probably have left it late. No worries though here are a few ideas to help you out:

1) Start with the card.

If you can’t afford to get your Mum something super swish then show you care with a personalised card. Obviously cards are pretty cheap in supermarkets but you know that involves taking time away from the fun of dissertation writing and actually getting there… Plus for a little bit extra you can create a personalised card she’ll love – include the date on the back and it will be something she can keep. Plus they’ll post it straight to her door if you can’t make it home on the day.

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Student loan payment? Liposuction, a holiday and a cauliflower please…

  • 1 in 6 students spend their student loan within a month with many making poor decisions when it comes to spending it
  • We talk to students on their experiences of their spending.
  • There is support available from universities to help struggling students such as Hardship Loans.


text about a cat shaped cactusWaking up after a night out and realising you’ve bought a mini grand piano, a wedding dress or an inflatable sheep might not be what you had in mind when your student loan dropped in. Well, we all know the things you should be spending it on – course books, rent, food…

But what about plastic surgery? A University of Essex student spent £10,000 – all 3 years of her student loan – on liposuction for her bottom, hips, thighs and knees. Or maybe a bit less extreme you could spend £600 on a pug puppy named Hogan. Whether or not students are making big purchases or are attempting to work out how to budget, it seems there is the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to the world of student spending.

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Shop your closet and save yourself some money!

  • Before buying new clothes start with your own closet!
  • Have a clear out and think about what you’re keeping and what you can do with it.


One for the ladies today! (That’s not to say guys can’t learn a few tips here too!) If you’re anything like me you just love to shop and your wardrobe is filled to the brim with clothes yet you can’t ever find anything to wear. Here’s a few ways to maximise what you have in your closet and to avoid wasting your cash on clothes.

1) Sort through your wardrobe.

Make three piles – things to keep, things to sell/donate and things to throw away. Be honest! Think about when the last time you wore the items was, if you can’t remember then it’s not worth keeping. Think about:

  • Whether an item is in good condition
  • If it goes with other items you have (what combinations can you make)
  • Does it fit
  • Does it make you feel good and is it comfortable

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8 ways to get fit without spending a penny.

  • Getting fit doesn’t have to be boring or expensive
  • Get fit at home using YouTube, doing your chores and changing how you travel.
  • Look out for freebies and don’t forget to get your friends involved!


Let’s face it being a student isn’t always very healthy. The diet of kebabs and vodka shots combined with the exercise of
dancing in the club isn’t doing your fitness levels much good. But we can’t all afford to pay £200 for a gym membership in Fresher’s week which, let’s be honest, we will use twice at the beginning of term. But fear not! Here is a list of ways even the laziest of students can get fit without spending a penny:

Fitness video and trainers1) YouTube

YouTube has a ton of fitness videos whether you’re looking for cardio, aerobics or fitness advice. Have a search through and create a playlist of your favourite videos to create a routine for yourself. If you fancy getting fit with friends why not find some fitness DVD’s on there- anyone remember this classic Continue Reading

Introduction.

Welcome to nine grand and counting!

Lets face it, being in charge of money when you move into the big wide world of university can be daunting. How can you manage your rent, bills, food and so on whilst still having a social life, looking good and feeling great? Nine grand and counting is a university student run blog for university students which will contain tips, tricks and articles to help you out when it comes to the world of managing your money and budgeting.

Stay tuned for content regarding topics such as health and fitness, food, lifestyle and fashion (but with the smaller price tag of course!)