Children say and do the most remarkable things, especially when left to their own devices. I was (pleasantly) surprised to find that, while I’ve been concentrating on the two behemoths of yesterday’s Budget and tomorrow’s Black Friday, Dear Daughter has been quietly reeling in her own bargains.
She’s got herself signed up to Unidays, a website aimed at students which offers discounts of up to 50% from retailers such as Top Shop, New Look, Missguided (the big draw), Asos and many other high-street clothing brands. There are also deals on accommodation, restaurants, technology and fitness.
Dear Daughter was particularly proud of having snaffled £60 worth of clothing for £40 and I was pretty impressed too. These discounts mean a lot when you’re on a pocket-money budget and there’s pressure not only to clothe yourself but, increasingly, eat lunch at Wagamama or have coffee with friends.
However, I was a little suspicious because I thought Unidays was targeted at university students. On closer inspection, I discovered that the site is supposed to be for students who are 16 and over, presumably because they are selling Ann Summers stuff too (20% off, don’t all rush at once!).
In the spirit of journalistic enquiry, I attempted to enlist myself on Unidays as a GCSE student in the first year of my two-year course. This would, in most circumstances, place me in the 14 to 15 year old category. This wasn’t a problem for Unidays and I only fell at the last fence which was to provide an email address linked to an educational institution. As a mother, I’m used to performing miracles but this was one solution I couldn’t magic up.
Depending on your school’s email arrangements, I reckon it’s possible for anyone to grab these discounts. Until Unidays spots its error, that is. Of course, being an upstanding member of the community, I’m not condoning fiddling a website, not at all. Just bringing it to the attention of busy Skinted Minted mums on a need-to-know basis only!
For tips on kids’ current and saving accounts see our guide here.