Student wins financial contest with top money-saving ideas

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A STUDENT from Highbury College has won a financial competition for offering top money-saving tips.

Louise Razzell, a 22-year-old painting and decorating apprentice, came up with advice for shoppers during Barclays Money Week held in March and will now compete in the national final.

Her top suggestions were to stick to a shopping list, only take as much money as you need, and bulk buy when you spot a bargain.

‘I never usually win anything,’ said Louise. ‘I’m really pleased and surprised.’

Louise was announced as the regional winner last week at Newbury College during an event celebrating Money Week.

Her tips have now been entered into the national final, the winner of which will be announced at a ceremony in London.

Barclays Money Week was a nationwide initiative run with the National Skills Academy for Financial Services.

The week was designed to give students an awareness of money management issues and provide them with the tools they need to stay in control of their budgets.

More than 130 colleges were involved nationally, and over 100,000 students took part in events and activities during the week.

Student liaison co-ordinator at the college, Angela Kountouroudas, said: ‘It is important to get our students prepared for managing their own finances.’