(Original post by Herr)
This is specifically targeted towards those who are 16+ and doing or will be doing A Levels.
How much money on average do you spend?
Please list on the following areas :-
: Not too much- mostly borrow the reading I need from local public libraries, and my teachers lend out books a lot (I'm an English Literature student, so there's a lot of required reading material). In terms of things directly related to my science courses, almost nothing- think I have bought over the two years two physics revision guides and one guide to maths that I did over the summer before starting as-level. Obviously, because I'm kinda a nerd, I buy a few popular maths/science books, but mostly second-hand off Ebay :-)
: A bus pass for a college year costs £460 (full amount- for some people the cost is reduced to £345 if they're counted as low-income) where I live. Due to my circumstances though, I qualified for and successfully applied for a full bursary from my college, so I didn't have to pay for any of this.
: Uh, this is going to vary widely from person to person and whether you like new, branded clothes or old, cheaper stuff :-) (Ebay <3 )
: I buy reams of squared paper (500 sheets) from my maths department, roughly 2 reams a year at about £3.50 a ream, I think? And I buy lined paper in notepad form from Wilkinson's or Tesco's (Poundland is also a good place). I think at the start of the year, altogether, probably spent about £10 on folders, plastic wallets, note cards (I really like index cards, £1 for 50 [Tesco], I think?) and they've mostly lasted me throughout (although I have more tape than folder on my physics folder now, I think
) I bulk buy pens/pencils whenever I see them cheap/ on offer, or just whenever my ink runs out in the pens I have. My graphical calculator was probably the most expensive single purchase, £35 (again, secondhand, bought from my college).
Entertainment/Going out etc
: Not doing too much of this at the moment- exams
But I don't drink, so it's not usually too expensive. Transport to places is pricey though, taxis are really costly and public buses aren't too much better!
: Erm, if you mean resits, I've done one, and it cost me around £20.
What proportion of this money comes from your parents? Is this given to you in cash and you go purchase it on your own or do they bring you to buy it and pay for it.
Umm, it's my money mostly, so I spend it how I see fit but I'd think it would be pretty odd if my mum or step-dad brought me something home and then asked me to pay for it (unless, obviously, I'd asked them to).
Am particularly interested in knowing if you are doing a science based A Levels.