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Think thrifty and save money with some fun nights in

It’s one of life’s ironies that when you’re a student, you have nothing to stop you having lots of nights out but, at the same time, you have the least disposable cash available to spend on them. That’s why you have to think laterally and organise some fun and cheap nights in with your fellow students, rather than going overdrawn just to fund a few nights out on the town.

Of course, everyone has nights in and makes the obvious choices – watching TV, downloading a movie – but night after night doing this can feel a bit same-y. Here are a few suggestions of how to do something different on a night in with friends, without it costing you very much.

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Get your eyes down – Bingo anyone?

If you think of bingo and simultaneously picture a line of little old ladies at the bingo hall; think again! Bingo has undergone a radical transformation in the last decade or two, and is now a game for everyone, thanks to the fact that you can play it online. There are so many sites to choose from, and each of them offers a generous incentive to get new players to sign up, so online bingo really can be great value for money. Sites such as 32red, Dream Bingo and 888Bingo offer no-deposit bonuses for people to try out the games on the site, and then a bigger bonus when players make their first deposit. Sign up  to play and you’ll discover that most sites also have a number of free bingo rooms – the perfect entertainment option for when you’re completely tapped out of cash.

For a bingo night with friends, all you need to do is get everyone together with their tablets or laptops and signed into the same bingo site and games. Then you can experience the highs and lows of the games together; and see if any of you will reach the pinnacle of any bingo game – the full house.

Showcase your hidden talent

When you meet people at uni, you get to meet people from all walks of life, with all kinds of histories. Sometimes people surprise you with what they have in the way of hobbies and skills. Why not organise a mini X-Factor or Students Got Talent night in your living room, so you can find out what hidden talents all of your mates have? Anyone who’s too shy to contribute could always be one of the judging panel. Standing up and showing off in front of your friends has to be more entertaining than lolling around watching TV!

Cook up a feast

Combat the stereotype that students only eat junk food and arrange a gourmet night. You don’t have to spend a lot to make a great dinner, especially if you ask people who are coming to contribute in some way. If you’re nervous about your cooking skills, choose something simple that you can’t go wrong with, or get someone to cook with you, so there’s less pressure on just you. Cooking for a number of people is far more fun than cooking for one, and it works out to be more economical too.

These are just a few ideas to get you started – but there are plenty of other ways to have fun on a night in while you’re studying. See how creative you can be when you want to save money!