My general budgeting is going well. There are some overlaps in weekly budget as i have recently had to pay a few one off big lump sums, but knew they were coming up so had money that wasn't included in my weekly budget for those (it just looks like spending has hit the roof this past month).
I do have to live quite frugally as my general budget is £30 a week (after rent, bills etc) which is possible, but I really have to watch pennies where my flatmates are getting takeaways every day.
the main thing all the freshers forget is that your first rent payment for their house next year goes out in july, three months before their loan payments, so if they have maxed their overdraft a rent payment might be tricky and on top of that they will need to pay a deposit.
i'm spending less on everyday things like food (£5 a week) but i had to buy a bike, and a uni hoodie, which cost much more than expected. And an undergraduate gown that hasn't even been delivered yet and cost £135. leeches.
So hopefully in a few more weeks i'll be back on budget.