Money Matters

Financial Guidance Blog | University of Northampton

Christmas Money Saving tips

We love Christmas, and who are we to let a lack of funds get in the way of having a jolly time? With a festive sprinkling of budgeting and a dash of creativity, you’ll be able to have the Christmas you always dreamed of, without the bank balance of your nightmares.

Quick guide to completing your FAF application

If you’re struggling financially, you may be eligible for an award from the Financial Assistance Fund (FAF) – to apply, you need to complete an application form and provide evidence to demonstrate your finances over the academic year.

Should I find part-time work?

There are many benefits to having a job alongside your studies. It’s not just about the money – although it is helpful to have an additional source of income – having a part-time job gives you experience and skills to put on your CV.

Five spending situations to avoid

When it comes to money, there are a few situations that are easy to fall into. We’ve pulled together some of the most typical scenarios that can arise, and how best to avoid them.

Minimising expenditure

Minimising expenditure is something that you might need to do in order to be able to afford all of your bills as well as the occasional treat. Minimising your expenditure may feel like a difficult task at first, as it may seem that all your spending is essential, so we have come up with some…

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How do I budget, and why do I need one?

Budgeting helps to give you an idea of your overall financial situation and reduce any unnecessary spending, through making you more aware of exactly what you are spending and what you are getting for your money. Budgeting is a great way of minimising the possibility of getting into debt – you might even be able…

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Student bank accounts

What to consider when choosing a student bank account Choosing a student bank account probably isn’t going to be the most exciting task you’ll need to do before coming to University, but it is definitely one of the most important ones.