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 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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