For those using public transport frequently, travel cards save lots of money over the year. A Ridacard for buses and the tram costs £57 for 4 weeks or £665 for the year. For Just Eat Cycles, annual membership is £90.
Free parking in Edinburgh can be hard to find. But there are a few restaurants that offer free parking, including Beetroot Sauvage. This family-friendly café also offers free yoga at 10am on Fridays and often has 2 for 1 deals on its vegan mac and cheese.
If you want to find great food on a budget, it often pays to follow the students: try The Nile Valley café for wraps or the Mosque Kitchen for curry. If you bring your own tupperware to the Union of Genius, you’ll get your soup for free or you can pay for it anyway and choose to donate it to someone in need.
“Chez Jules is a rustic and inexpensive restaurant on Hanover St,” says Edinburgh-based teacher Zara Clark. “Its wonderful appeal is its candlelit charm and reasonable prices: classic dishes aren’t going to break the bank with gorgeous steak frites for under a tenner. Whilst browsing the ’pocket money prices’ cocktail list, a beautiful basket of fresh baguettes, crudites and a selection of cured meats appears - all on the house. Chez Jules is the place to go.”
For household essentials, wander over to The Refillery, a plastic-free grocer where you can bring your own containers and fill up on everything from pasta to paprika. You can also bring along bottles for washing up liquid or detergent.
If you do your weekly shop at Sainsbury’s, remember your Nectar card - points can be redeemed against train tickets from Edinburgh to Newcastle, York or London on London North Eastern Railway (LNER).
For visitors to Edinburgh, you might want to consider The Baxter, a central hostel with a beautiful kitchen, friendly staff and a nice common room if you’re feeling sociable. There are also slightly cheaper hostels dotted along Cowgate, such as Safestay and Stay Central, both with very helpful staff and located near the lively pub, The Three Sisters. Of course there’s always the option to explore the thousands of properties listed on Airbnb.