Food Waste Fixes

Research by the government-run organisation WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) estimates that 9.5 million tonnes of food is thrown away in the UK every year and figures indicate that 70% of this waste is household waste which amounts to billions of unnecessary costs! Food production is also responsible for a considerable volume of carbon emissions. Therefore, food waste is costing us money and the future of our planet. Here are some simple solutions and recipes to help you reduce your household food waste. Continue reading Food Waste Fixes

Events to Get You Through the Post-Christmas Blues

Term two is underway, Christmas is a distant memory and it’s so dark that by half five you want to get into bed and call it a day. Never fear- here are some of Exeter’s finest offerings for February and March to keep you occupied until the sun actually decides to come out again. Continue reading Events to Get You Through the Post-Christmas Blues

It’s the Thought that Counts: Low-Cost Secret Santa Inspiration

‘Tis the season to be poor, fellow students! Inevitably, Christmas is a very expensive time of year. There are so many people to buy for and, as a student, it’s difficult to get your nearest and dearest the wonderful presents you feel they deserve. Then there’s the Secret Santas. When it comes to Secret Santas, there are many ways you can find affordable gifts. Often, they are more about the banter than offering a long-lasting, tear-jerking gift. Here are some ideas if you are looking for some last minute inspiration! Continue reading It’s the Thought that Counts: Low-Cost Secret Santa Inspiration

Crafty Christmas Decorations on a Student Budget

Christmas is not only the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ but also the most expensive.  For students, the plethora of costs can make the difference between actual meals or solely instant noodles for seven days a week. However, one of the most magical parts of this festive season is decorating our flats and houses, without our families dictating the exact number of millimetres that have to be between each bauble on the tree. Becoming the next expert on ‘Grand Designs’ is an expensive venture though, so I’m here to help you give your home a student-friendly Christmas makeover that won’t break your bank – and that’s sustainable too! Continue reading Crafty Christmas Decorations on a Student Budget

‘The English Pear’ Pizzas

We’ve never met anyone that doesn’t like pizza – it’s so comforting, versatile and fun to make that we can’t ever imagine getting bored of it. Here we’ve used a BBC Good Food recipe for the pizza base dough (we’re not bread masters, sorry) and then came up with a couple of yummy toppings for you. A pizza and prosecco night would be the perfect … Continue reading ‘The English Pear’ Pizzas

The English Pear: Sweet Potato and Mixed Bean Veggie Chilli

With freshers week upon us, we’ve put together some staple recipes to get you through the term. Whether you’re a first year just finding your way around the kitchen and need a little bit of help, or a final year student looking for some new recipes to cook with friends then these are great for you too. We hope you like them and wish everyone a good start to term! Continue reading The English Pear: Sweet Potato and Mixed Bean Veggie Chilli

Tips on Saving for Summer

Managing finances is never easy, and it’s especially hard on a student budget, but as long as you’re careful and savvy, you can make sure you stay on track financially. This advice will hopefully mean you’re able to cut down on your spending, and increase your saving, so you can put some money towards whatever you’re saving for, be it a new car, a holiday, a new laptop… Continue reading Tips on Saving for Summer

Christmas Presents on a Student Budget

I’m sorry, the old Santa can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Because he’s broke. We all know the feeling. The September student loan has nearly been depleted. The Black Friday offers seemed to have everything you had been holding out to buy. The money from the part-time job has mysteriously been spent on food (and maybe alcohol depending on how your month has … Continue reading Christmas Presents on a Student Budget