No More Beans: The Student Money Podcast

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Welcome to No More Beans – the podcast which tells student life like it really is while boosting your bank balance.

Recent grads Jess and Tom discuss their funniest and most embarrassing stories from uni – expect Kit-Kat stealing mice and cockroach infestations, chicken nugget addictions and drunken impulse buys.

Each episode is packed full of money saving tips and advice, and with the help of some special guests, we'll be showing you how to make your student loan stretch further. Here's a taste of what to expect…

Don’t forget, we’d love to hear your own stories and money problems. Get in touch by sending us a voice message on Whatsapp (just head to savethestudent.org/whatsapp to join the group), tweeting us at @savethestudent or emailing us at [email protected].

If you have any burning questions about how to save money at university, or any feedback on the show, let us know!

E03 – Surviving revision hell

How to make it through the revision and deadline season, turning your revision notes into money and the best (aka worst) inspirational quotes…

Special guest: Rachel – studygrammer

Length: 33 mins

Top quote: “Nothing is impossible. Even the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”

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We’re back, and this week we’re talking all about surviving revision and deadline hell. It’s one of the hardest parts of university, so we’ve got a show packed full of top tips, sneaky hacks and motivation to get you through.

We sharing some of our favourite inspirational quotes to help get you in the study mindset – and by favourite, we mean the cringiest quotes that make absolutely no sense.

When there's nothing else to burn you have to set yourself on fire.

Note: Don’t try this at home

We also chat to Rachel, a first year Law student who also runs a studygram. She tells us how you can make money from Instagramming your revision notes, as well as her own top tips for creating kick-ass study materials.

You don’t need to have neat handwriting to create a studygram.

Tom’s studygram hopes are saved

Check out Rachel's studygram here.

We asked you guys what your top revision hacks were and we got loads of responses! We share some of the best, as well as revealing our personal study tips.

Why waste time eating two meals a day, when you could just eat one and make sure it’s big enough that it lasts?

Genius time saving techniques from our listeners

But revision isn’t all pretty revision notes and intense studying. We also discuss some of our lowest points, as well as our revision break guilty pleasures. Find out just how many pens Jess takes into exams, and how Tom likes to relax after a long day of studying…

I had a really weird pen paranoia in exams.

Jess reveals her dark secret

We’ve also put together a revision playlist with some of our favourite tracks to help you get through those long shifts in the library. Subscribe below and let us know if you have suggestions!

E02 – S.O.S. (Save On Shopping)

Our worst impulse buys, where your maintenance loan goes and how to save money on food…

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Special guest: Bronni Hughes – Deals Expert

Length: 30 mins

Top quote: “OH MY GOD IT’S BEYONCE!”

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Episode two of No More Beans has landed! We’re back for another round of hilarious stories and invaluable money saving advice, all with 0% jargon.

This second episode sees Tom and Jess discuss shopping, starting with a round of your worst ever impulse buys.

This will be a great idea, I’ll be a DJ for all my mates’ parties

Textbook drunken ambition from one of our listeners

The admirable bravery you showed in admitting your worst impulse buys inspired Tom and Jess to share some of their own, although we’ll leave it down to you to decide who’s got the best (or, more accurately, worst) claim.

In my final year of uni I got a little bit of a reputation at house parties

Oh god, Jess, for what?

We then took a look at the results of our latest National Student Money Survey, finding out exactly what students are spending their money on – other than rent, of course.

I’m bitter about a lot of things, but that night is top of the list

Our survey brings back some bad memories for Tom

Finally, we tackle a question from a listener who says she spends too much money on food. When it comes to saving money on shopping (food or otherwise), there’s nobody better than our resident Deals Expert, Bronni, so we invited her into the studio to share her top tips. She didn’t disappoint!

I had like £60 to spend there

Find out how Bronni’s getting slap-up dinners completely free of charge

E01 – Housing Horror Stories

Nightmare housemates, saving money on bills and unnecessary kitchen purchases…

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Special guest: Jake Butler – Student Finance Guru

Length: 34 mins

Top quote: “There were gherkins stuck to our living room wall.”

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The wait is finally over… The first episode of No More Beans is here! The brand new money-saving podcast from Save the Student is brimming with funny stories and invaluable advice – with no added jargon.

In this first episode, podcast hosts and recent grads Jess and Tom tackle the perils of student accommodation and share some of your scariest housing horror stories. In our National Student Accommodation Survey, over 2,000 of your shared your experiences of student living, and the results are pretty shocking. Annoying housemates, break ins and bill mishaps – you guys have been through it all.

My housemate pooed on the kitchen floor

Our personal favourite

Jess and ‘Travelodge Tom’ also share some horror stories of their own – expect KitKat-stealing mice and German cockroaches.

I was literally having to use the power pack on my laptop for heat

Extreme heating solutions in Tom’s student house

Each week we’ll be answering a student money problem sent in by one of our listeners. This week Charlotte asked us about how to save money on bills, so we brought in our resident money expert, Jake Butler. He reveals his five top tips which could save you hundreds a year.

Wait, did you say don’t pay your TV license?

Spoiler alert – yes he does

Finally, in this week’s Money Confessions, Jess and Tom will be revealing the most unnecessary thing they bought to take to uni.

How many friends did you think you were gonna have?

Top burn from Tom

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