Soap & Glory Digital Glambassador Role

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As I spoke about in my previous post, Soap & Glory were recruiting a new set of digital ambassadors for their brand from universities up and down the country. And, I’m so excited to say that I’m the very first digital “Glambassador” for Glasgow Caledonian!

I travelled down to London last Wednesday to visit their head offices at Kings Cross, something which was hugely exciting for a little country bumpkin like myself. After a 5 and a half hour train journey, I was submersed in a sea of their signature cosmetics and skin care products as I learned all about the brand and the work I would be doing. The team of girls on board were so welcoming and informative about what they wanted from us and really gave us all we needed to know about our roles and the brand itself. Their passion for their roles and love for the brand really shone through making me even more excited to be part of the team. The other digital ambassadors from across the UK were absolutely lovely too and I loved spending time with them. It was my first solo trip to London and it certainly didn’t disappoint (I mean c’mon, LOOK at that amazing sunset from the S&G offices?!).

Over the next few months, I will be blogging for Soap & Glory on A Tartan Rose, something which I feel like I need to pinch myself after even just writing it. As a loyal fan for many years, I can’t wait to get started on this amazing opportunity.

What are your favourite Soap & Glory products?

C x

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Free Tastecard for Royal Bank of Scotland Students

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Before I started University, I set up a new student bank account with the Royal Bank of Scotland. The bank account gave me student royalties such as a tax free overdraft and the opportunity to receive a student credit card. However for me, the best part about the student account was the free TasteCard membership which came alongside it. (You can also sign up for a TasteCard without an RBS account, however it does cost £79.99 per year for a membership)

How to Use

  • A TasteCard allows you to get 50% off OR 2 for 1 at 7,185 restaurants in the UK. The website allows you to enter your postcode and search for any participating restaurants near you. Once you have input your location, you can then use the search menu on the left to narrow down your options.
  • Then, you book a table for the selected restaurant ensuring you mention you have a TasteCard
  • Lastly, attend and when paying present your TasteCard.
The search bar to the left allows you to narrow your options

The search bar to the left allows you to narrow your options

My Experience

As I am currently studying in Glasgow, there are many restaurants within the city centre which accept the Tastecard.

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I recently visited AskItalian, situated on Port Dundas Place. To eat, we ordered two drinks, two main meals of spaghetti carbonara and garlic bread to share. As they offer 2 for 1 on meals, the total bill came to £15.95 with thanks to my TasteCard. I would highly recommend visiting ASK, with or without this offer as it really was good value for money and excellent food and service.

Overall, TasteCard is a service I would highly recommend enquiring about if you are a student and have an RBS account.

Visit the TasteCard website here for more information, or here if you have an RBS account.

Do you have a TasteCard?

How To: Save Money on your Supermarket Shop

supermarket shopMaking the leap to University means many students leaving home and leaving the comfort of home-made meals and food shopping done by our lovely parents. Whilst I chose to stay at home during my studies, here’s my top tips (with a little help from my dad) on how to save money on your food shop.

  1. Make a weekly meal plan

We usually plan our meals from Monday to Friday as these are the days when everyone in the house is busy with work/university. Changes can be made fairly easily to our lists as we try and stick to “base” ingredients such as mince allowing a variety of meals. I find this really effective as it allows us to ensure we use up everything in our stocks.

  1. Always take a shopping list

Before going food shopping, check the cupboards, fridge and freezer to effectively plan what you actually need to buy and make note of this. My dad never enters a supermarket to do the big food shop without a list in hand and will try and stick to this unless he sees the odd bargain reduction.

  1. Don’t shop hungry

Yes, I know it sounds like a bit of an odd one. However, entering a shop full of every possible food you could crave whilst hungry is a recipe for disaster which will probably overrule both of the above tips.

  1. Know your store reduction times

As I have a job in a supermarket part time, I’ve actively done and watched the reductions occur in store and you really can get some fantastic items with nearly 85% off. Many of these items, bread for example, can be bought and frozen as it is simply reduced due to its “display until” or “best before” date and NOT the “use by” date. Food can still be frozen to extend the “use by date” however which this article explains.

  1. Ignore the branding

Skip the branded products and try and lower cost own brand alternatives. I guarantee if the labels were covered on a branded tin of beans and a supermarket own brand, it would be almost impossible to tell the difference.

  1. Stick with basic ingredients

Instead of buying pre-made meals, buy the ingredients and make them yourself. This is something that we never used to do in our household but slowly but surely we’ve began making meals from scratch and have noticed this has saved us money. My dad often makes a larger batch at the weekend and then freezes the meals for throughout the week. If you’re struggling for some inspiration, my friend Josephine runs a fantastic food blog which is sure to get your creative juices flowing.

7. Start a spice collection

Start buying a few pots of spices from your local supermarket which can be added to basic meals to completely change the taste. Steer clear of the packet spices and buy the tubs instead as this is cheaper in the long run and they last for ages if stored correctly. Our favourites are mixed herbs, chilli flakes and paprika.

How do you save money on your weekly shop?

Best Of: Discount Codes 16/03/15

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There’s a lot of fantastic discount codes floating around the internet this week, so I decided to compile my pick of the best discounts with all the required codes and links needed to make some great savings. What better way to cheer yourself up on a gloomy Monday than by some (sort of) guilt free shopping?

Health & Beauty

Fashion

  • 20% off Topman via Unidays/Student Beans/NUS
  • 10% off Adidas via StudentBeans
  • 10% off full priced items at Matalan using code 63YT28UP75

Food & Drink

  • 35% off when you spent £35 at Dominos using code MARCHVOU
  • Free cheeseburger, hamburger or original McFlurry when you purchase an Extra Value or Deli Meal at Mcdonalds using student card instore
  • 25% off Pizza Express all day Monday-Thursday, sign up via the website 

Entertainment

This allows you to gain a 12 month subscription to the service for only £4.99 a month. Spotify Premium is a fantastic service as you can download songs to your phone or music device for free and listen to them with or without an internet connection.

  • Up to 15% off Apple using UniDays

I’ve already signed up to the Spotify offer and made a Feel Unique order.

Have you made any purchases with a discount code this week?

How To: Search eBay Effectively

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eBay is one of my favourite websites for finding well priced items and the occasional bargain. If the search function is used correctly, the possibilities are endless.

Benefit from sellers mistakes

Many sellers will list items in a rush or without proof reading their post, causing them to misspell vital words in their titles. A fantastic website to use for this is FatFingers, which allows you to enter the term you are looking for and it will then list all the common misspellings.

If you’re searching for a clothing item or a quantity of a specific item, use both the numerical and the written term for the number. For example, “dress size 10” is much more common than “dress size ten” however many sellers do still use the later.

Time your watched items effectively

eBay is most active on a Sunday evening, and the weekends are also a busy period for listings to end. If a listing ends during the day when many people are at work, or during a big event such as the X Factor final you will have less competition for bids and therefore more chance of winning your desired item.

The eBay app which can be downloaded is great as it sends reminders to your device before the listing ends, meaning you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to place your bid.

Use the sort by function

Within the search facilities, use the drop down function to change the format of the search results. The most popular function is “price & p&p lowest” which will then bring up the lowest priced items in your search terms. This function can also be used to find the items “ending soonest” which is a fantastic opportunity to buy a last minute bargain.

Lastly, the Advanced Search facility allows buyers to really narrow down their search. If you are looking for a large item which would require collection, such as a coffee table, the advanced search allows you to input your postcode and the distance you are willing to travel. It’s a really handy tool which I recommend playing around with to suit your own search requirements.

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What are your eBay search tips?

How To: Find Student Discount Codes

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Online shopping can be a dangerous game. You’re bored, find yourself browsing Topshop’s website and before you know it you’ve placed an order for £100 worth of clothes. We’ve all been there. However, being a student has more perks than just the university degree (yes, unbelievable I know), and allows us to have some amazing discounts to aid our weeping bank balances. There are various websites I use to source these codes.

Unidays

You simply register with Unidays with your University details and it then allows you to view an array of different discount codes. The website has separate sections for online and in store discounts so gives the best of both worlds.

You can visit the site here.

Student Beans

Again, you have to register with your University details to gain access to the site. Student Beans is aimed specifically at students and is separated into various sections from tech and mobile to home and utilities so covers all the bases regardless of what you’re shopping for. They also have a magazine section full of quirky articles (think BuzzFeed style) which I frequently find myself reading instead of actually shopping, so that’s got to be a bonus!

You can visit the site here.

Money Saving Expert

Whilst not solely featuring student discounts, Money Saving Expert is a fantastic website filled with discount codes and general money saving tips. Founder and editor Martin Lewis is a fellow journalist with a thirst for money saving tips and covers everything from fashion and beauty to cutting your electricity bills. This website is fantastic for the whole family to use and is one that my dad personally loves due to the straight forward layout and helpful posts.

You can check out Martin’s tips here.

What’s your favourite student discount website?