Save Money on Your Gap Year

January 5, 2012

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Gap years can be expensive, but if you are savvy there is ways to cut costs. We want to hear your thoughts on how to save money, but to get you started, here are two options suggested by the Gap Medics staff:

Gap year students may be eligible for a tax rebate The Guardian reports that students who have been out of work for the first part of a tax year (6th April to 5th May) may still have some of their personal tax allowance available to them. If you are travelling and won’t be working again within the tax year you can use your P50 to claim your tax back. Check out student tax advice Skype logo Calling home on your mobile is going to be expensive. There are lots of deals in place that can save you money while you are abroad, but the best thing to do is buy a local sim card. Get your phone unlocked before you go and it will save you heaps of money.

The other option is to head down to an internet cafe and use SKYPE. Connections can sometimes be a bit rubbish but if you have a webcam at home, and there is one in your cafe, you can actually see your family and friends chatting to you. Very exciting! Of course the cheapest option is to get the folks back home to call you. There are tons of cheap phone cards available in the UK and Skype works both ways. Just make sure they note the time difference!!!!

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