Amii @ Thirty

Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller


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Successful budgeting for a successful new year

Last August, I posted my four top tips for successful budgeting and as we move (way too quickly) into a new year, I thought it might be useful to re-visit them. I really believe that budgeting and how to manage personal finances should be taught in schools; they’re important life skills that would make adult-life simpler and less stressful for a lot of people.

Over the years, I’ve worked part-time and full-time, been self-employed, been a mature student, owned my own flat, rented by myself, with friends and with a partner, saved up to go on holidays and to buy things I wanted, saved just to build up my savings, had to pay off credit card debt that I wish I hadn’t built up, had to pay out to get my car fixed, and so much more. Continue reading…


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My 4 super tips for successful budgeting

Apart from a minority, I’m sure most students find themselves in a similar position after graduation when it comes to finances – trying to find employment; tuition and maintenance loans to pay off; student overdraft to get out of; cost of moving home or moving out of student accommodation; having to now pay council tax (it really is a nice perk that full-time uni students are exempt); and the list goes on.

Graduate or not though, I’ve been using these same tips for years to help keep my finances in check and live the life I want.successful budgeting, finance, free printable, money

These are my 4 super tips for successful budgeting: Continue reading…


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Thoughts of a Postgrad

I’m not considering post-graduate study at the moment, but I know lots of others are (and I probably will in the future) so I thought I’d ask Nicole Mangan, a Masters student at UCB, a few questions about her experiences…

1394496_13224780What are you studying for your Masters?
I studied an MA in Culinary Arts Management (CAM) for a year and a half at UCB.

Is this your first experience of UCB?
No. I did my undergraduate degree here as well, in CAM for two years and also did two years of study in Ireland. Continue reading…


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How to blow your student loan in 10 days…

A lot of us got our last student loan installment on 20th April. For final year students, that means your last chunk of ‘free’ money before entering the real world. And for returning students, it’ll be your last payment until around the end of September.

These are the ‘best’ ways to spend your loan: Continue reading…


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Bargain Day Out #1

I love a bargain and a discount and, as a student, I’ve come to love and value them even more. These days you can find vouchers, offers, and promotions for so many different products, services and activities. Its not about spending as little as possible (you can do that by staying at home and doing nothing), but about being able to go out for meals and have enjoyable days out whilst saving money.

For a while now, I’ve been planning a full day of discount fun to see how many different things I can do in a day whilst saving money. Unfortunately, the demands of uni and work have meant that I haven’t actually had a whole day off in months to try out my plans of a ‘bargain day out’! Continue reading…


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Summer Days

It’s a definite bonus to being a student that we get a very long Summer holiday – nearly four months long. You’ll never have this much time off once you start full-time work (or if you do, please let me know what profession you’re in), so I think it’s important to make the most of it.

After my first year at UCB, I worked my part-time waitressing job for the first few months and then took off to New Zealand and Australia, via Malaysia, for six weeks. I worked extra hours at my job to save money and then went on my trip of a lifetime. I’ve always wanted to travel to that part of the world and it didn’t disappoint. I had the most amazing time travelling through New Zealand, met lots of great people, and had so much fun. I caught up with old friends in Australia and went on a few mini-adventures, ticking off a number of places on my dream travel list.

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