Are these amounts your all posting after accommodation, contents insurance, mobile phone, laundry, course costs and saving for the weeks ur not at uni for the bill that still need be paid? If not ur more skint than you thought. I always try to work out worst case sanario so that there is a buffer for unexpected ocurances. And after all this i have £28 a week for food. Dnt know how im going aford a life yet. Need a shed or somewhere to clean scrap and sell it on ebay lol
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(Original post by robthefool)
My loan is the minimum (£3,560 or whatever it is) yet my accommodation is £4,300! I come from a large family and my parents are well off, but because there are more of us they can't afford to give me lots of money to help, it's not fair!
I'm pretty sure SF takes that into consideration. Why else would your parents need to list the names of dependents?
I think some students are a bit off their heads... £55/week? What are you eating?
Last year I was living off £25/week including sweets, cakes and ice creams. Sometimes I'd stretch to £30 or £40 if I was going out or to any event.
(Original post by Chronist)
Filling? Go ut 3 times per week? How much (or rather how less) do you drink? Also females have free entries to most clubs because of the meat market theory. I don't want to be disrespectful but you are female. Most females are focused on diets and don't really eat that much. I would like to know how much calories do you ingest per day. The minimum is around 1500-1800 kcal for females.
I live with 6 other people and we all put in £10 for food a week. Guess that solves all the queries. Still spend £5 a week on my own lunch things though. However I do have a friend who does exactly the same as me, but doesn't put in money for a group shop and still spends £40 a week.
I drink about half a bottle of vodka or 1 and a 1/2 bottles of wine and some vodka before going out.. Then when out I have about 4 or 5 tequilas or sambucas (they are £1 or £1.50) and a couple of vodka and cokes (£1.50). However I think I save money here because I often get brought drinks by friends etc so barely spend anything in the club.
£15 on food
£10 bottle of vodka or £8 wine.
£15ish in clubs
As for food. I am health concious and live with my personal trainer (handy eh ) However all evening meals consist of something like toad in the hole, shepards pie, homemade pies, chicken parcels, lasagne etc and I freeze portions for future meals. Lunch consists of lots of protein and carbs. My mum's a chef so I guess her influence has helped a lot in saving money.
Some weeks it's £30, other times its £40. Either way, some of the people on this thread get a stupid amount!
I eat around 1,300calories a day as I'm loosing body fat at the moment and toning up.
Just finished my third year so relatively experienced I could never afford 3 nights out a week.
I think the fact that I put £10 into my flat's weekly shopping budget is the solution to your problem. However my friend also lives on £40 a week and she buys the own brand things and is very concious about what she buys. Making sure that each meal she does, uses up the ingredients she has brought. She also freezes most things and could easily go two weeks without buying anything and eat the frozen meals. Coupons, shopping around, going to the reduced section at the right time (2 salmon fillets for £1.20) and spotting a deal also helps.
I live off £515 a month at the moment. From that you have to deduct £235 for rent and bills, £100 for food, £42 for a public transport season ticket, which leaves me with a not very spectacular £138 (£40 a week) for everything else. Larger purchases e.g. curtains and a new pedal bin just have to be put off until my partner (who earns about the same as me) has finished his professional apprenticeship (Ausbildung) and is earning a starting salary of about £20 000 a year. He has even less because he has a very expensive phone contract and refuses to give up smoking. Just one year to go!!
I find my weekly shopping bill is £15-£20, so how are people saying £30 for food O_O. I could make that cheaper if I didn't indulge with that slightly too! Bus ticket= £280 for the year or works out less than £5 a week. Other expenses are what I incur really, such as going out, or going dancing. Around exam time if I'm not doing anything £30 a week is enough. Although I guess you have to factor 'other' in there, but that for me would be about £15 a month maximum.
(Original post by SaySaam)
I find it a lot cheaper not to buy the kits. You can buy 8 tortilla wraps for £1.20 and then bulk buy spices to add to the chicken or whatever you'll put in it. It's more initially but it means you don't pay out for ages afterwards.
And also, learn when to hit the reduced sections of the local shops - it makes meat and things like that a lot cheaper
My allowance last year was £68 per week minus rent, and I always managed to keep my costs below £30, usually closer to £15-20 on food alone. Even managed approx. £10 on food on some weeks, but it depends on your cooking style and how good you are at finding cheap products. That, and whether or not you're the sort of person who buys snacks/fizzy drinks.
Honestly, £55 is probably more than enough. Obviously, it depends on the cost of living at your city, but if you shop smart and try to hunt out clubs and venues that have lower entry fees you should be all good. That, and try not to go shopping for new clothes, etc. every week - a girl in my old flat had the exact same amount of money I did, yet found herself in her overdraft multiple times in the year, whereas I've managed to finish my first year with more money than I started with. You might want to reclassify some things as a "treat" that you need to save up for.
I've been at uni for three years (1 year foundaton and 2 years undergrad) and you can easily live on £25 a week (not includin alcohol because i don't drink) But its all about budgeting and making sure you only buy what you need (meal plans, shoppin lists and freezer space will be your friends) I tend to buy more (i.e. 500g of mince instead of 2x 250g as its cheaper) cook a bi spagett and freeze it. this also means i have cooked once but eaten for 4/5 days. Also cook with a friend(s), this make it cheaper and you don't always have to cook either.
Aldi, lidl and reduce sections are great, try to pre drink at home and get to clubs before they start charging entry. Don't order a cab unless you really need to (but don't walk alone!) and have fun.
Also freshers week is a great chance to get lots of free pens, mugs, bottle openers and vouchers for clubs and food. Don't miss it!