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Cheeky discount tips: how to do Brum on a budget

As students, with dwindling student loans, rocketing rent prices and no spare time for a job on the side, it’s safe to say we’re pretty cash-strapped. And if we’re honest, we like to spend our funds.

These two things as a combination mean that we often find ourselves teetering towards the overdraft- and as the old saying goes, once you end up in the overdraft, there’s no getting out. Therefore it’s pretty much 150% necessary to go through life as cheaply as possible. Cutting a few corners by taking advantage of discounts is the way forward if you’re hoping to survive the downward spiral that is hitting your wonderfully tax-free overdraft. For those of us in the UK’s second city, there’s a few handy tips and tricks to be learnt from the locals- this is how to do Brum on a budget:

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Save on travel: the Swift card

Wandering around a massive city full of high street stores and major chain restaurants, you can fall prey to taking the easy option and sticking to the mainstream. However, the real gems in Birmingham are those that won’t be found elsewhere. These beauties are rare, tucked away in blanketed corners of the city, and won’t be around forever if we don’t invest our money in them. The Independent Birmingham Card is perfect, as it offers amazing discounts at tons of independent stores and eateries across the city. For meat eaters, Buffalo & Rye serves up a feast - whilst The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen showcases big-name blockbusters and more independent films all for a fraction of the price with the discount added. Independent gift shops, boutiques and cafes are all included, meaning you can make a proper day of it in the city, on a definite budget. To get your hands on these discounts, sign up online: it’s just £15 for one card, and heck, go all out and get a friend involved to save even more, as it’s just £20 for two cards. Happy spending!

Save on the luxury life: MyBull


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A new initiative to the city, having launched just a few months ago, MyBull puts emphasis on the city centre and offers a lot of discounts to amazing places that would otherwise be, sadly, out of our pauper student budgets. You can enjoy 25% off in Marco Pierre White’s at The Cube and dine in the sky with panoramic views of the city. You can grab 20% off delicious Tom’s Kitchen in The Mailbox. And you can splurge, whilst saving on a ton of high-end brands across the city. It’s a win-win situation.

Brindleyplace Card

Ah, Brindleyplace. The canalside location that’s perfect for everything, from weekend dates to pre-drinks, before wobbling over to Broad Street on a Friday evening. Choc full of bars, restaurants, the Barclaycard Arena and, of course, the National Sea Life Centre, it’s hands down a student favourite. With a small budget and a lot to do in your three years in Brum, getting your hands on a Brindleyplace card saves you a bit more dosh to spend on that extra trip (or two) to the National Sea Life Centre. Because who doesn’t love penguins? With the Brindleyplace card, you’re able to access 2 for 1 tickets to visit the sea creatures, 2 for 1 on main courses at Cafe Rouge and cocktails for just £4.95 at All Bar One. This, along with tons more incredible discounts are at your fingertips if you head online and register for the card asap.

Contrary to popular opinion, Brum can really be done on a budget. Now, get savin’ and make the most of your time in the city.