Make University Life A Little Easier With Shareagift

Starting University can be an extremely daunting and stressful experience, you will most likely be moving to a new area, living with people you have never met before, having to absorb a lot of new information, and having to support yourself financially for the first time.

No matter how prepared you think you are for University there are always things that crop up that you haven’t budgeted for. You will most likely be given a reading list from each lecturer of books that you need to read during your module, many of which can often cost a lot of money. There will be things that after living on your own for a few days you will realise you need to buy, like earplugs to drown out the noise of the loud snorer next door, a tin opener (one of the most essential tools for any university student), or an internet cable because the Wi-Fi doesn’t quite reach your room.

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Through Shareagift you can set up a student page and add your parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles and any other family members that have said if you need any help just let us know. You can then send a message to them all by commenting on your page when you need to buy something that you haven’t budgeted for, and they can add the funds to your pot.

Once you have been living with in either halls or a house for a while you will most certainly decide that you need to buy a few things for the place to make it look a bit nicer. Or perhaps you were getting ready to go out and someone spilt wine all over the sofa which now needs replacing because you can’t get the stains or the smell out. Shareagift makes it easy for housemates to collect all their money in one place, you can see who has paid what and then withdraw all the funds in one go when you are ready to buy what you need.

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So, you have been at University for a few months now and in the first few weeks you decided to join the football team. Every year they go on a week away where you meet and play against other university teams. The only issue is that somehow you have found yourself in charge of collecting everyone’s money and paying for the trip. With Shareagift you can create a page for the trip, post the link on your team’s Facebook page and ask everyone to go on and pay. You will be able to easily see who has paid what, and all the money will be kept in a safe and secure location until the time comes when you need to withdraw the funds and pay for the trip.

It’s your housemate’s birthday and you want to throw a big house-party for them, the only problem is that the monthly bills have just come out and you’re running really low on funds until the next instalment of your student loan comes in. With Shareagift you can create a private page and invite their friends via email to join the group and contribute some money towards decorating the house, buying the food and drink, and getting them an amazing gift.

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So for those of you heading to Univserity over the next few weeks don’t forget to keep Shareagift in mind when you need help with collecting funds for a trip, throwing an amazing event, buying ear plugs to drown out your neighbours snoring, or replacing a stain covered sofa!

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Top 5 Cheap Eats In London

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It is not often easy to find somewhere cheap to grab a bite to eat in the capital that isn’t a McDonalds or a Wetherspoons. We have chosen our top 5 cheap eats across London for when you are low on cash and want to grab something cheap to eat or for if you are planning on going out for a birthday or office lunch and want to head somewhere everyone can afford.

Yalla Yalla

Area: Soho, Winsley Street, Greenwich

This Lebanese hub serves a wide range of top quality Lebanese dishes, which are very reasonable. The café serves as a popular lunch spot for local workers offering sit in and takeaway foods including falafels, grilled skewers and all day meze. The café is also open in the evenings and is a great place to meet and eat if you don’t want to spend loads on eating out.

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Silk Road

Area: Camberwell

This family run Chinese restaurant serves a number of cheap dishes including noodles, stuffed dumplings and stews. It has built up quite the reputation for being a hotspot for Chinese foodies who want to grab a cheap and quick bite. Bear in mind that the food is from the muslim region of Xingjiang, in the west of China and so many of the dishes are very spicy!

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Herman Ze German

Area: Charing Cross, Soho, Fitzrovia

This small chain serves a number of German themed dishes and is renowned for their hotdogs. Their sausages are imported from the Schwarzwald and are high quality pork! Their top sellers include the minced beef and veal sausage, the smoked pork sausage and the chilli beef sausage. This is definitely one to check out if you are a hot dog lover and the best part is that the majority of their meals are under a tenner!

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Pizza Union

Area: Kings Cross, Spitalfields

This Pizza bar offers great pizzas at amazing prices and is a great place to stop and grab a bite if you are in a rush as the service is second to none. Pizzas are often cooked and out within ten minutes and the majority of their pizzas are under £6! If your looking for a cheap fast food pizza joint this is a must if you are in the area!

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Bonnington Café

Area: Vauxhall

This Café in the heart of Vauxhall offers cheap vegetarian meals cooked by a collection of member cooks. Chefs take it in turns to run the kitchen and the menu changes on a daily basis depending on which chef is in. If you are looking to try out a few different vegetarian options then this place is worth checking out and even coming back to as the food served can be anything from Japanese, Medieval, Italian or French.

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So there you have it, there’s no longer an excuse for you to not be able to afford to try something different the next time you’re in London. Shareagift can help you plan the perfect meal, night out or dinner party. You can use Shareagift to collect money online so that before you go out you have all the money together so it makes it easier to pay the bill at the end of the night, avoiding confusion or awkwardness. You can also use Shareagift to collect funds online for a group gift which could be a trip up to London with food and drinks.

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Top 5 Weirdest Jobs From Around The World!

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This weekend has been dubbed the Great Summer Getaway with more than two million British holidaymakers heading overseas. If you’re longing to take someone away on holiday this year but are struggling to get the cash together, perhaps an evening or weekend job would be the answer to get some extra cash together. We have come up with some alternative jobs that you may want to try.

Professional Snuggler

Professional snugglers are paid to snuggle and sleep next to strangers. Snuggle cafes, currently very popular in Japan, are places where you can go for a quick cuddle and a kip on your lunch break. Although you have to sleep next to strangers getting paid to snooze is very appealing!

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Dice Inspector

Dice inspectors work in a number of different companies, the most common being casinos and dice manufacturers. The job (if you hadn’t guessed already) is to ensure that the dice are correctly numbered, weighted and shaped to avoid any cheating.

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Professional Mourner

According to The New York Times this job dates back as early as 1877 and for some is a highly desired career. Professional mourners get paid to weep and cry in public in order to create a mournful atmosphere. They are often hired to make up the numbers at funerals. If you are interested in hiring one or think you would have a shot at a job rentamourner.co.uk operate out of Essex and cover the majority of the UK.

Pet Food Taster

Yes that’s right! Pet food isn’t allowed to arrive on shelves unless it meets a food technologist’s taste. The job involves not only smelling and tasting pet food but also chewing it to ensure that it is of the right consistency. Pet owners want to ensure that they are feeding their animals quality food and so it must be tested. Pet food companies are often on the look out for food testers so if you think this could be the career move for you it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a job.

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Professional Ear Cleaner

Professional ear cleaning, which is considered an art in India involves working the street and cleaning people’s ears of any foreign body, wax, and dust with a cotton-covered needle and a pair of pincers. Check out the video for a more detailed look at what the job involves.

If none of these take your fancy then why not set up a Shareagift page and collect money online to fund a holiday and take someone away somewhere truly amazing. Shareagift is one of the easiest ways to collect money online and fund a gift, project, event or cause.

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Our Top 3 Etsy Sellers

Bored of the same monotonous designs offered by high street shops? Annoyed (and slightly angry) that someone’s taken the exact thing you wanted seconds before at a vintage fair? Sick of rifling through boxes and boxes of jewelry at the thrift store?

If you like unique designs, love supporting independent businesses and most of all appreciate premium quality jewelry: You need to know this shortlist of Etsy sellers that we, here at Shareagift, love.

LwhiteDesign

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L White Design is a small and upcoming handcrafted jewelry shop based in Haslett, Michigan. It was conceived and built from scratch by the owner Linsey White-McLean and her trusty side-kick; adorable baby Lucia.

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Linsey’s Worshop

We just love her designs! Minimalistic with a quirky and colorful twist on traditional jewelry both catch the eye and can compliment a daring outfit.

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Sterling Silver, Jade and Green Aventurine Statement Necklace

A few of our favorite items from her collection online at Etsy is this Sterling Silver, Jade and Green Aventurine Statement Necklace and this simple yet elegant Sterling Silver Circle Ring 

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Sterling Silver Circle Ring

Simply the best thing about LWhiteDesign is that you can request a custom made order. So Shareagift with that special friend who deserves something unique, you can even split the cost of the present by setting up a Shareagift page! It’s easy collecting funds online, especially when that gift is slightly out of your budget.

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MadenJewelry

Hailing from Portland, Oregon Madeleine Day juggles many commitments – from Physician to Wellness Blogger, the Maden line was developed to ‘keep her looking effortlessly sassy while on the go’. Her philosophy to design is keeping it unique and her motto: ‘Life’s too short to wear what everybody else wears’.

SeaSide Collection
SeaSide Collection

We love the attention to detail in each and every one of her pieces. Just look at the beautiful SeaSide Necklace Collection, each handcrafted with beads and materials from all over the globe and its very own story to tell.

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PreciousPodsBySarahO

Last of all, PreciousPodsBySarahO is a seller that is less about design and style but more about meaning and message. Not to say that her designs are any less sleek and beautiful.

Teacher Appreciation Gift
Teacher Appreciation Gift

This cute Teacher Appreciation Necklace with the touching and thoughtful inscription ‘You Made A Different To This One’ would make a perfect Teacher Appreciation Gift. To split the cost with your classmates, you could use Shareagift to show how much your teacher means to you without breaking the bank.

All of her pieces are entirely customizable and can make great gifts for any occasion. Whether it’s end of year teacher gifts, birthday gifts or thankyou gifts – you can get a thoughtful and unique present from PreciousPodsBySarahO. And with the help of Shareagift, you will be able to collect funds online from your co-workers, friends and classmates.

Here at Shareagift, we believe in supporting small businesses with something unique to offer. Everyday life should be shared with special people. We make it our business to make it easy for you to Shareagift with those closest to you.

15 Cheap, Fun Things To Do Together This Weekend!

Whether you’re spending the weekend with family, meeting up with friends or planning a romantic weekend with your partner, we have compiled a list of 15 cheap, fun things to do with others this weekend.

1- Go on a joint bike ride

Dust those bikes off, throw on your helmet and a pair of shades and ride off together into the sunset.

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2 – Have a romantic dinner

There’s nothing more romantic than a candlelit meal in the garden with the sunset as a backdrop.

3 – Go on a picnic lunch

Picnics are underrated! There’s nothing better than laying in the park on a sunny day with a glass of pimms and tub of strawberries.

4 – Play board games in the garden

Get your competitive head on! Whether you’re buying up the board on Monopoly or guessing the killer in Cluedo they make for a great afternoon.

5 – Have a bonfire

A bonfire can be a great piece of evening entertainment; singing songs together and roasting marshmallows you will feel like your back at scout camp!

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6 – Pick fruit

Go hunting for fruit for your picnic, throughout the summer all sorts of wild berries can be found just waiting to be picked.

7 – Go fishing

Grab your rods and head down to the local lake or seafront and spend the day chilling in the sun and catching fish.

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8 – Go to the beach

Grab your deckchairs and head to the nearest sandy shore to relax and bask in the summer heat.

9 – Plant a garden

Brighten up your gardens with some new plants or decorations. If you don’t have one, hanging baskets and flower boxes are a great alternative.

10 – Clean out the shed

Clear out all that old rubbish and give the shed a good old spruce up.

11 – Watch the sunset together

Lying in the garden with a couple of glasses of wine and the sun-setting overhead, the perfect way to end any summer day.

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12 – Go Swimming

Head down to your nearest out door pool to cool down and catch some rays!

13 – Take some photos

Photos always look better when the sun is shining! Get everyone together for that family portrait you’ve been longing to take or get some good old nature pics.

14 – Have a boot sale

A great way to get rid of unwanted things and make some money at the same time. Have a garden sale and collect money from friends or head to your nearest boot sale and get selling to the public!

15 – Groupfund a day out

Treat a friend or family member to a memorable experience by group saving with friends towards something special. There are hundreds of summer activities and group gifts to save towards from cream teas to hot air balloon rides. Spend some time this weekend thinking of someone close to you who deserves to be treated to a day out and use Shareagift to collect money online with friends to fund an unforgettable experience!

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How To Eat Well On A Budget

If you’re trying to squeeze the dollar out of a cent and enjoy good food, we’ve got just the thing for you!

Budget eating doesn’t have to mean just bread and water. Many blogs out there post recipes and tips for eating on a budget. Here are our favorite three:

BrokeAss Gourmet

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Paleo Cauliflower Rice

This is an original blog from Gabi Moskowitz who is also working on ‘Young and Hungry’ (ABC Family) – a quirky sitcom loosely based on her life as a young food blogger in the city (definitely one to binge-watch). Gabi brings life and personality to BrokeAss with personal stories and anecdotes, as well as themed dishes such as this Rainbow Themed Salad celebrating Equal Marriage.

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Green Chile Beef Burgers

One of our favorites has to be the Green Chile Beef Burgers, which only comes to $2 per serving! BrokeAss Gourmet also caters for vegans, vegetarians and paleo dietary requirements with delicious recipes such as Buffalo Tofu Bites and Cauliflower Rice.

Poor Girl Eats Well

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Quinoa, Egg & Veggie Breakfast Bites

How to eat ridiculously well on a miniscule budget’ describes exactly what PGEW (Poor Girl Eats Well) does. One of our favorite things about this blog is that each recipe posting is marked with an exact ‘per serving’ cost, so that you can find exactly what you need. Just look at these amazing Quinoa, Egg & Veggie Breakfast Bites  at only $0.65 per serving!

To further help you squeeze the most of your cents: PGEW often posts about money saving tips and week shopping suggestions for extra help with your food budget.

BudgetBytes

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Thin Crust Pizza

Last but not least, BudgetBytes provide an amazing variety of fresh Italian-esque recipes. But what really made the blog stand out is their incredible Thin Crust Pizza at just $0.30 per pizza! Yes, that’s right, under a 50 cent for a pizza! The recipes are extraordinarily easy to follow – with step by step photos and in depth instructions for all you beginner cooks out there.

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Budget Dinner Party With Friends

Aside from cheap recipes and ingredients, there are also many other ways to eat well on a budget just by being clever with your money. Gathering a group of friends and sharing out the cost of your meal means you can have fun eating (and drinking) with your friends AND be able to afford that one ingredient that seems too frivolous to buy on your own.

Group funds are easy to organize with ShareAGift! ShareAGift is an online money collection website that allows for you to collect money from friends. It is fun and easy to use and really helps when you’re trying to split that awkward shopping bill between you and your buddies. So make a ShareAGift page, gather your closest pals and start feeding in any savings for a nice dinner party treat or just Friday night dinner to save that uncomfortable conversation about splitting the bill.

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Top 5 Apps To Help You Spend Less

It was announced this week that Uber, the money saving taxi service app that is being used in many major cities across the world has forbidden drivers and passengers to carry guns whilst using their service. ‘Feel free to hail that Uber vehicle for a quick ride across town, but please leave your guns at home’. This was the latest message in the startup’s fight against trying to reduce gun crime.

Uber is used across major cities in 57 countries across the world and is providing people with a quick, easy and competitive price for a cab ride. Below is a list of our top 5 apps that will also make your life easier and save you heaps of cash!

1 – SnipSnap

How many times have you been to the shops only to find then when it comes to paying you have left that much needed coupon at home or thrown it away with your old receipts. Well now you no longer need to worry! SnipSnap allows you to take photos of coupons and turns them into digital, mobile – ready ones! You never have to worry about losing them again!

2 – Offpeak

This is a restaurant booking app and allows users to get reservations during less busy times resulting in discounted table bookings. It finds recommendations based on where you are and allows you to find somewhere good and reasonable to eat in minutes. This app is one to watch as it was announced this week that $800,000 was invested into the company and they will be expanding into Asian cities starting with Bangkok!

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3 – Onavo Extend

Fed up with having to pay extra for going over on your phone tariff? This useful app can actually compress your data and extend your plan! As well as keeping you on top of all your data charges for the month. The app claims to be able to save you up to 80% on your data usage!

3 – BestParking

This app will help you find the most affordable car parks in the area. By listing the closest and cheapest parking options based on your location this app is the perfect companion to any day out to an unfamiliar city. Although currently only available in North America, we love the idea behind this app as we hate having to fork out loads of money for parking!

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5 – Mint

Finally, Mint is one of our favourite apps to use to keep on top of your finances. With so many features including the ability to check your savings and retirement funds, automatically record and categorise every transaction, create budgets and put it all into an easily readable graph, this app an essential for those looking to stretch your money that little bit further.

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Another great way to make your money go further is to group save with others. Whether you want to get your friend that extra special birthday gift or help someone towards saving for their dream holiday, with the help of Shareagift you can make that dream a reality!

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