Student life

Christmas on a budget


It’s the most wonderful time of the year – that is, until you’re left with an empty piggybank to get you through to the end of January.

But the festive period doesn’t necessarily mean you have to break the bank, especially if you take advantage of your TOTUM discounts, powered by NUS extra.

Here are some useful tips on how you can save money with TOTUM, without missing out on the Christmas spirit!

5 tips to save money this Christmas with TOTUM

1. High street shopping

With TOTUM, you can access 10% discounts (sometimes more) at lots of high street shops, including Animal, Fat Face, New Look and plenty of others. The discount also applies online, so don’t forget sites such as ASOS and Missguided! Perfect if you’re looking for presents for the family, or deciding whether to treat yourself to a Christmas party outfit. Just don’t forget to ask at the till to have your TOTUM discount deducted!

2. Food shop

Students can access a 10% discount on their food shopping at the Co-op with TOTUM. So if you’re hosting a Christmas party with your flatmates, pop in and pick up your treats, with enough change for a hot chocolate on the way home! You might even be able to stock up your uni kitchen cupboard until you head home for Christmas lunch.

3. DIY

Why not make your own edible festive treats? Get together and make a festive chocolate log, rather than purchasing a ready-made one. Another idea is to organise a Secret Santa with your housemates, with a £5 budget. This way everyone gets a surprise and you don’t have to spend a lot of money – plus you’ll have fun finding a present!

4. Travel

If you’re heading home for Christmas, don’t panic about having to splash out on travel costs.

If you’re travelling back via coach, then National Express and Megabus both offer discounts with TOTUM. Alternatively, if you’re heading to the train station, you can save up to 12% on a one year 16-25 rail card with TOTUM.

5. Restaurants

It’s not just high street stores where you can save money with TOTUM. A number of restaurants across the UK are offering student discount on their menus, including Pizza Express, Zizzi and Chiquito, meaning you can opt for dessert (dieting can wait until January, right?). Or, if you prefer a cosy night in, don’t forget Domino’s include 25% off when you spend over £25.

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