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    (Original post by Bella_trixxx)
    Really? Where do you go to university? Admittedly I get the maximum maintenance loan, but I've always found it's enough to keep me without having to take on part time work or ask my mum for money ^^
    I'm at Heriot-Watt, the vast majority of my friends get help from their parents, I live in the cheapest halls if that makes any difference.
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    (Original post by Bonoahx)
    It's not too unhealthy, and if you were on JSA, or had little money, you'd be worried more about eating than you would keeping healthy.
    Are you kidding? A diet with no fruit and veg and high in sugar? You think poor people deserve to be ill? There's already a massive link between social class and health, ever wonder why?
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    (Original post by stuart_aitken)
    I love how everyone is listing what they would spend if they wanted to have the bare minimum, and in their list of 'necessities' they include non-vital luxuries like mobile phone, Internet and cleaning products.

    How on earth do other animals survive without such essentials :rolleyes: .

    Not saying the £53 malarkey is a good idea AT ALL, but a lot of you seem to have a highly consumeristic stance on what you think should be your god-given right as a human being.

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    A phone is necessary if you want to get a job. And you don't think cleaning products are necessary? *holds nose*
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    (Original post by Beth_L_G)
    I'm a student and I do it. I don't need to but i like to save up and then splash out once every few months

    There is really no need to spend that much on a night out I find. I have a couple of drinks with friends before going out, If you buy a bottle of vodka and a litre of diet coke from tesco £10 can last me a whole months drinking (I'm a lightweight) Then only have 1 of the cheapest drink while I'm out, so the whole night costs me about £7, and I do that once a week.

    If you're in the position where you have to live off of £53 a week then you really shouldn't be wasting it on nights out drinking. Not saying they shouldnt be allowed a social life, just learn to do it on a budget
    Can you be any more patronising?
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    (Original post by Kibalchich)
    Can you be any more patronising?
    It may seem patronising but it's true. Everyone I know saying they couldn't live on that wastes all their money on alcohol and cigarettes
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    (Original post by Martyn*)
    £20 for food. What are you eating? Noodles and toast?
    £20 a week is quite sufficient for a single student.
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    I live on less than that right now. It's ****e.
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    Yes, yes I could.
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    (Original post by blue n white army)
    It's been talked about quite a lot this week because IDS said he could live off £53 a week and of course there has been uproar from certain people

    Ive been thinking it would be quite easy so i feel that i am missing something out. Could someone clear up for me what this £53 needs to pay for.

    This is what is going on in my head please add to and correct any mistakes from the list below

    - Rent is covered by housing benefit
    - I assume they don't pay council tax?
    - what's the deal with the Tv licence? is that paid for?
    - Bills aren't paid for and come out the £53
    - Food and clothes comes out of the £53

    Two points to this thread

    1- Clear up exactly what the £53 needs to pay for
    2- Do you think you could cope with £53 a week in benefits.

    note: please try not to turn it into an attack on labours past welfare policies or the conservatives current policies i feel that topic has been done to death in numerous other threads. I just want to see who thinks they could cope and who couldn't.
    Is it £53 a week each? If it's each then I think I already do and we live very comfortably with meat and veg and stuff. The average weekly shop comes to £50-60 between 2 of us, bills split between two is about £10 and we don't really have anything else. No tv and we don't do much in the way of clothes shopping. If I couldn't afford to clothes shop then I wouldn't, either. Have I missed anything off?


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    I think I could manage on £53 a week if I had to but I certainly wouldn't enjoy doing it and I'd have to MAJORLY cut back...
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    It would be quite difficult for me due to the need of extra money for transport, and if I broke something e.g cooker broke I have no idea how I would afford to buy a new one or pay for it to be repaired, in addition I think it is impossible for me to live on that amount through winter due to cost of gas and electric

    Finally I think it would be quite depressing as I doubt I would use any of that to socialise.
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    (Original post by Bronco2012)
    £53 a week is very little for a student tbh
    I don't know anyone who spends that much! Not unless they were spending it all on takeaways, drinks out at clubs or eating out..

    I couldn't imagine living on £50 a week, I draw out £100 at the start of the month and live on that. Covers shopping, bills, travel and extras like going out or the occasional meal out. I know alot of students don't really cook or shop carefully and I guess that's why.
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    (Original post by Hal.E.Lujah)
    I don't know anyone who spends that much! Not unless they were spending it all on takeaways, drinks out at clubs or eating out..

    I couldn't imagine living on £50 a week, I draw out £100 at the start of the month and live on that. Covers shopping, bills, travel and extras like going out or the occasional meal out. I know alot of students don't really cook or shop carefully and I guess that's why.
    I've spent in excess of 3 grand since September, although I admit I'm quite reckless.
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    I would find it extraordinarily difficult to live on £53 a week. I could probably survive on it if I was just sitting at home watching TV and had time to seek out the very cheapest food, maybe going to multiple supermarkets.

    But jobseeking costs money. You definitely need internet and phone. If you are really aggressively job hunting all day, everyday, the sort of person who is absolutely determined that they are getting a job soon, rather than just firing off the odd CV, your phone bill will be quite high. Some places allow you to call them to discuss before applying which would give you an advantage.

    If you get an interview, you need something approriate to wear, even if it is very cheap. Maybe a haircut and a train fare as well. None of these things are extravagant, just basic job-seeking prep.

    I think that putting people in a situation where they can literally only pay for food is a pretty good way of making sure they never get off benefits.
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    Housing benefit doesn't pay for your full rent.
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    People on benefits are absolute scum. If I had my way I would stop welfare spending. These scavengers don't deserve luxuries as they're too lazy to work and contribute to society. I'd be ashamed to live on benefits. There are many other people in the world who survive on much less than £53 a week.

    I've also noticed that most of these people on benefits are uneducated cretins. My advice to these mongrels is get a job and stop living off people who are working hard but being forced to feed animals like you.

    ps. I've never lived on benefits and my studies have been paid for privately without the need for student loans.
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    (Original post by GulfArab)
    People on benefits are absolute scum. If I had my way I would stop welfare spending. These scavengers don't deserve luxuries as they're too lazy to work and contribute to society. I'd be ashamed to live on benefits. There are many other people in the world who survive on much less than £53 a week.

    I've also noticed that most of these people on benefits are uneducated cretins. My advice to these mongrels is get a job and stop living off people who are working hard but being forced to feed animals like you.

    ps. I've never lived on benefits and my studies have been paid for privately without the need for student loans.
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    I think I could. I need to work out how much I live off now to consider it, I actually haven't got a clue!I do live frugally though. Assuming I got shut of the car (£18 is a week fuel) then I think I could.
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    (Original post by Kibalchich)
    Are you kidding? A diet with no fruit and veg and high in sugar? You think poor people deserve to be ill? There's already a massive link between social class and health, ever wonder why?
    Pretty far-fetched inference that I think poor people deserve to be ill.

    But OK, a bowl of apples, banana, pears and stuff wouldn't cost more than about £5, even if you got the very ripe ones from places like Marks & Spencer.
 
 
 
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