Student money-saving guide from parents to help with cash at University

By Jessica North

Parents have shared their tips to help first-year university students with the cost of food and learning how to cook for themselves.

This week has been a stressful and emotional week for parents with kids starting their first year of university, with many of them leaving home for the first time.

It's a time associated with frivolous spending, unlimited takeaways and more money spent on a night out than nights in, so a parent has asked what is the best way to depart some healthy eating and money cautious advice.

After posting in a social media group hundreds of people have left tips and advice that might help worried parents do the best for their kids.

Parents who have supported a young person through university share their advice (Facebook)

In the LatestDeals Facebook group, a mother posted this message: "My son is off to uni at the weekend and I am anxious about him eating regularly and me being able to support him financially with this!

"He’s good with money so I know I can set up a standing order for him to his bank and his nan is putting together a box of initial supplies. But any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated!"

Soon after the first posts popped up: "Get him a slow cooker and a simple recipe book set up a list of staple foods, it might work"

"I do a monthly shop for my son and get it delivered to his accommodation - he tells me what he needs and I order it online. I preferred doing this because then I always knew he had food - I’m also a better shopper"

A recent graduate said this would be a good idea: "Food shop sent to him would be better. I use to love and get excited about my little food shops from my dad when I was at uni.

"He would cover all the usual boring stuff and then he would add some treats that I wouldn't have been able to afford like Cadburys chocolate, branded vodka, Tyrells crisps etc."

Store cards were another suggestion to allow parents to top up and pay for food shops.

One comment said: "Sainsbury's Do a parent-student card. You can top it up for them. Unfortunately, you cannot stop them from buying alcohol"

Another suggested this: "If he gets on with his house/ flatmates it would be better for them to put some money together and bulk buy items they'll all use and take turns in cooking"

One Mum shared this tip: "My son's at uni and cooks well for himself, they often have mates over and they all cook together. Tell him to join one of the food societies then he will never go hungry.

"My son joined the cake society he never makes one just goes and tastes everyone else's"

"There's an app you can download for food at reduce costs from supermarkets and local restaurants which I still use it's called too good to go...," suggested another parent.

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