Money Matters

Financial Guidance Blog | University of Northampton

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Buy-Now-Pay-Later? What is it and should I avoid it?

You may not be familiar with the term Buy-now-pay-later (BNPL), but you may have seen lenders you have done any online shopping in the lead up to Christmas. BNPL Lenders such as Klarna (the UK’s largest provider), Clearpay and LayBuy are names you may see when you get to the checkout on your favourite websites…

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One piece of money advice for a prospective student – part 2

Going to university is exciting, but it can also be daunting – especially if you’re having to manage your money for the first time. If you’re starting university this year, here are some tips on student finance and funding from some of our current students* to help you get it right; part 1 – which…

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One piece of money advice for a prospective student – part 1

    Going to university is exciting, but it can also be daunting – it may be the first time you’ve lived away from home, organising your studies around food shopping, doing laundry, paying bills, etc. But managing your money doesn’t have to be stressful. If you’re heading to university this year, here are some…

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Apps to help you save money

Managing your money can be difficult, however there are dozens of apps available to help simplify this – and best of all, many of these are absolutely free! So if the idea of sitting down with your bank statements and a spreadsheet brings you out in a cold sweat, look for an app instead.

Top 5 bad money habits to break

It’s very easy to fall into bad habits. You may have the best of intentions, but if you’re having a bad day, or your friends suggest an impromptu night out or trip to the shops, you could make a spending mistake – or three – which can make you run out of cash earlier than…

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Top 5 good money habits to start

Starting new habits doesn’t mean having to completely change your life. Although making adjustments to your usual behaviour can be scary, even taking small steps can help  improve your wellbeing – as well as your bank balance.

How to make over your money in the New Year

Happy New Year! We hope you’ve had a good Christmas break, and are looking forward to an exciting 2019! After Christmas, most people’s thoughts now turn to money. Whether you budgeted well in the first term, or ended up over-spending and maxing-out your credit, there’s always room for improvement. The good news is that by…

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Beating the mid-term money blues!

It’s now mid-way through the first term, and although we hope that you are having a fantastic time studying with us in Northampton, it’s often around this time when students start to have problems managing their money. If you have any money worries, don’t panic – here’s a guide about what to do next to…

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Welcome to University 2018/19

Welcome to the University of Northampton! Whether you are a new or a returning student, we hope you have a fantastic experience studying with us at our new Waterside campus. Money is often a cause of concern for students so here is a checklist to help you get into good habits early when managing your…

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Beginning of term money FAQs for 2018/19

At the start of term, we receive many queries relating to student finance and funding. Here is a list of the most typical questions – and answers – to help you while you study with us.

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