While you would be forgiven for being immersed in your books, every student knows the importance of getting the maximum from what they have in their pockets. Do you have a budget? Or are you spending on the go?
If you need a lesson on saving money, let this man tell you all about it. Jordan Vidal, support worker and student, may not have found the secret to eternal wealth but he sure has found the ultimate tricks to save money.
Jordan learned his money-saving tricks while he was at the University of South Wales in Cardiff. It came about after he realised that his student loan and part-time job were not enough to pay rent, the supermarket shop, and other things, Metro reported.
That’s when he started working on his ingenious ways to keep his stomach full by not paying for food. Jordan didn’t pay for food for two years at university – and he never went hungry.
How did he manage to do it?
Well, Jordan’s grocery hack began in the early hours of Monday morning at a casino in Cardiff. This started after he learned that casino members are entitled to a complimentary Chinese buffet with soft drinks – and endless plate refills.
He then made sure every Monday he would be there at 4 am where he could eat up to four plates of food.
Without thinking much, he signed up for the casino and availed the food benefits. After that, he would make sure to eat four plates of food by getting there at 4 AM every Monday.
“After three or four plates of noodles, spring rolls, sticky fried rice, and sweet and sour chicken, I’d have eaten enough to keep me going through the next day. I had so much to eat that when I woke up I still felt full,” he said.
But that’s only Monday.
After his classes on Tuesday and the remaining weekdays, Jordan would visit the arcades in the town centre and would manage to collect whatever was being discarded at closing time. This was only possible because he had befriended some cafe owners.
“My fridge was constantly stocked up with sandwiches, cookies, slices of cake,” he said.
On the weekends, he would visit local takeaways and ask managers and owners if any food was going to be thrown away. He would then collect all the discarded chips, burgers, and wings for Saturday and Sunday.
He said that his desire to never waste food and not let anyone waste food became a driver in his university days. By the time he graduated from the University, he left with an impressive savings of £3,000 (Rs 3 lakh).