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    The folks have given me £400 to get everything ready for uni, which they feel is more than enough.

    After doing a spreadsheet, i'm over-budget by £294 at £694 :eek:

    Below is my checklist for going (not all financial; hence the priceless items)

    Which things would you recommend dropping from the list if any, and as these are all my guesses at prices (i'm no good at shopping), have i over or underestimated the price of some of my items? If so, which ones?

    Thankyouuuu

    Oh and thanks to the lovely TSRers who reminded me of half of these items... the "Useful advice for students thread" was very handy...



    Grrr You can't attach spreadsheets so a crappy pasted list will have to do:


    laundry bag £4.00
    clothes horse £4.00
    dustpan and brush £3.00
    USB mouse £13.00
    Wine Glasses £5.00
    Board games £-
    febreeze £2.50
    passport photos £3.50
    cartridge paper £6.00
    Stationery £30.00
    Shoe Boxes £-
    Cold/hot packs £6.00
    clipboard £3.00
    Tin of biscuits/chocs £3.50
    whitetack £3.00
    multi point adaptor £-
    clothes hangers £5.00
    door stopper £2.00
    something with name on for door £-
    plastic poster hangers £3.00
    Disinfectant £2.50
    Kettle/coffee etc. £13.00
    some cuttlery £4.00
    passport £-
    NI number £-
    NHS Number £-
    Bank account details £-
    CVs £-
    Address book/email contacts £-
    Maps/guides £3.00
    Doctor/Dentist details £-
    Exam certificates £-
    Uni Documents £-
    Bank statements £-
    Book light £10.00
    Halogen £-
    Wall calendar £3.00
    relevant books-dictionary/thesaurus etc. £10.00
    plastic message board/wipes easily £5.00
    stamps/envelopes £3.00
    umbrella £15.00
    some pro-plus £4.00
    paracetamol £1.00
    bandages £- £86.50
    cotton buds £1.50
    cold/flu remedy/freshers flu £5.00
    bath and hand towels £20.00
    wash bag £5.00
    razors £17.00
    toothbrush/toothpaste £6.00
    squirty hand soap £2.00
    general toiletrees/shampoo/sh gel £10.00
    nail clippers £-
    comb £1.00
    shaving gel/cream £3.00
    lip balm £1.00
    calculators £-
    alarm clock(s) £10.00
    UBS pen drive/floppy disks/CDs £20.00
    Netwok cable/internet £-
    printer £-
    bedside lamp £10.00
    mini fridge £35.00
    hi-fi or just speakers for laptop £20.00
    camera £50.00
    rechargable batteries £12.00
    pack of cards £1.00
    posters/also available at freshers fair £-
    photos £-
    spare lightbulb £5.00
    multi-tool/pen knife £10.00
    ear plugs £3.00
    loose change £-
    small sewing kit £-
    candles/lighter £6.00
    shaving brush/equipment £13.00

    Dressing gown/PJs £15.00
    General clothes £30.00
    Trousers £70.00
    shirts £80.00
    suit
    jacket £-
    nice shirt and tie £30.00
    slippers £8.00
    flip flops £5.00
    fitness/light trousers £20.00
    weights £-
    £694.50

    Asking the folks for some more money: priceless

    :rolleyes:
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    Campagne flutes.
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    a lot of the stuff you have on there can be purchased a lot cheaper if you shop around. E.g. Disinfectant and white tack are really cheap in some where like pound shops or wilkinsons. Other things like mini fridge and camera are not really a neccesity - no one in my flat at uni had a mini fridge and we bought disposable cameras as and when
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    (Original post by Beekeeper)
    clothes horse £4.00
    dustpan and brush £3.00
    door stopper £2.00
    Wouldn't they suppy those three items there on ressies?

    Just a thought...

    You might wanna ask! At the colleges in my uni, you even get coat hangers, you get given a lot of things. Plus what about what you might already have at home? Anyway good on you for getting organised already :cool:

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    umbrella £15.00 - Is it really important to have one?
    mini fridge £35.00 - Are you even allowed to have one?
    camera £50.00 - Do you need one straight away? Could you do with 1 or 2 disposables till you get some more £?
    USB mouse £13.00 - You can get them cheaper than that, try ebuyer.com

    Just some of the things that stuck out for me
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    bandages £- £86.50

    WTF? A typo I assume? :eek:
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    Haven't you got any of that stuff already???

    Also, quite a lot of the stuff on your list either isn't essential or might not be allowed in Halls (such as a minifridge)
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    razors £17.00
    shaving brush/equipment £13.00
    shaving gel/cream £3.00
    Seems like you've got loads of hair. But don't you have some of those things at home already?!
    alarm clock(s) £10.00
    (1) Don't you have one?
    (2) I'm sure you could get one for £1-2
    (3) You could use your mobile as a back-up
    candles/lighter £6.00
    Check that up. Some halls won't allow burning candles. (Morevoer, it's really a luxury good...)

    Thanks a lot for listing all those documents I hadn't even thought about bringing...!
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    (Original post by Beekeeper)
    laundry bag £4.00
    Or just use plastic bags...?
    (Original post by Beekeeper)
    dustpan and brush £3.00
    Check if your room gets cleaned for you - if so, you won't be needing this!
    (Original post by Beekeeper)
    USB mouse £13.00
    As switch007 pointed out, you can get this a lot cheaper.
    (Original post by Beekeeper)
    Wine Glasses £5.00
    febreeze £2.50
    Tin of biscuits/chocs £3.50
    whitetack £3.00
    clothes hangers £5.00
    Kettle/coffee etc. £13.00
    some cuttlery £4.00
    umbrella £15.00
    Check your local supermarket - I'm pretty sure, for example, that Tesco value wine glasses are cheaper than that.
    (Original post by Beekeeper)
    passport photos £3.50
    Try and find someone with a digital camera and some photo printer paper, that way you can have way more than just the 4 you get from the photo booth things and it'll cost less.
    (Original post by Beekeeper)
    cartridge paper £6.00
    clipboard £3.00
    Ummmm... what for?
    (Original post by Beekeeper)
    door stopper £2.00
    Check if you actually need one. My door in halls stayed open anyway and didn't need to be held open.
    (Original post by Beekeeper)
    Maps/guides £3.00
    Do you really need these? Unless you're a driver (or are going to live in an incredibly complicated place!), I'm pretty sure you'll be OK without.
    relevant books-dictionary/thesaurus etc. £10.00[/QUOTE]
    I know it's not as good as a real book but you can find loads of online dictionaries and thesauruses (thesauri?!) which you can use for free!
    (Original post by Beekeeper)
    bath and hand towels £20.00
    Can you not take these from home? Do you not use towels there too...?! Plus I think you may have slightly over-estimated on the cost of the toiletries.
    (Original post by Beekeeper)
    alarm clock(s) £10.00
    bedside lamp £10.00
    Use your mobile phone as an alarm clock if you can. And you can pick up bedside lights for about a fiver from places like Homebase - assuming that they don't provide one for you anyway, which would be worth checking.
    (Original post by Beekeeper)
    mini fridge £35.00
    candles/lighter £6.00
    Almost certainly totally unnecessary and you may not actually be allowed to have them in halls.
    (Original post by Beekeeper)
    spare lightbulb £5.00
    Assume this is for the bedside lamp - might be able to persuade your cleaner (if you have one) to give you one, and if the bedside light is provided they'll almost certainly replace them for you anyway.
    Hope that helps you cut down a little!
    Jenn xx
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    (Original post by Butterfly)
    bandages £- £86.50

    WTF? A typo I assume? :eek:
    I was wondering about that too. Either it's a typo or.... HE'S A MUMMY! :eek: (as in an egyptian one... not a mother. That would be odd. And would raise questions about the bandage requirements)


    Now, on to reducing costs: A whole load of that stuff can be stolen / "aquired for free" with a bit of planning. :p:
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    (Original post by Beekeeper)

    umbrella £15.00


    Asking the folks for some more money: priceless

    :rolleyes:
    a designer one??? most i've seen are about a fiver :rolleyes:
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    There's a lot on theat list you can get for cheaper, as has been said.

    Pound stores, Lidl, Wilkinsons..

    Better get used to student shopping now, hehe.
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    I'm sure that stationery and items like towels and clothes you have already.... unless you walk around naked, and spin around really fast to dry off after a shower....so you wouldn't really need new ones (and if you're a student, you are forgiven for looking slightly scruffy anway)

    usually lights are supplied in the rooms (as in desk lights, which i wud move to me bed for reading at night)

    You can always take coffee from home, and mebbe take a few mugs and glasses. Have a talk with your parents about how much they are willing to let you take ( i mean, clothes hangers aren't items that will be sorely missed)
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    book lamp may be provided
    everyone will be taking a kettle... so wait and see if you need one when you get there.
    driers are normally available at uni, clotheshorse may take up too much room, do you know how big your room is yet?!
    4 pounds for a laundry bag? get a bin liner or something, or buy something cheaper, hehehe. 4 pounds seems way too much.
    if lightbulbs cost that much in the UK... :afraid:
    plastic message board? think you can do without that

    and as others have said, just 'steal' some towels etc from home. Don't you already have slippers?
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    look around for cheaper items, but can't your parents give you some of that stuff already, like towels for example. also if you 400 as your budget why waste it on squirty hand soap for example, when you can just buy a bar of soap for 20p?
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    You're lucky to be getting anything! I got no money when i went to university. Go to your uni branch of Waterstones and get a free year planner, thats £3.00 you've saved. I used other people's kettles and a dustpan and brush cost me £1.00.
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    USB mouse £13.00
    Quite costly?

    Board games £-
    Connect 4 Advanced

    Stationery £30.00
    Quite a Lot?

    Cold/hot packs £6.00
    Wha?

    Exam certificates £-
    Leave at home - dont risk losing them (you probably wont be asked to present them...take photocopies if you must.)

    Book light £10.00
    They should provide lighting in halls...

    umbrella £15.00
    You could find a cheaper one...

    some pro-plus £4.00
    Dont Jump the gun - RU-21 would be more useful for getting rid of those hangovers....

    bandages £- £86.50
    How Much???

    razors £17.00
    Surely not?

    mini fridge £35.00
    That sounds a little cheap....

    camera £50.00
    Might be better to invest long-term in a digital? (you can get a really good one for around £100 now...)

    candles/lighter £6.00
    Might not allow in halls....

    shaving brush/equipment £13.00

    Dressing gown/PJs £15.00
    General clothes £30.00
    Trousers £70.00
    shirts £80.00
    suit
    jacket £-
    nice shirt and tie £30.00
    slippers £8.00
    flip flops £5.00
    fitness/light trousers £20.00
    Might be able to persuade parents that clothes is a seperate thing?
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    you're getting money before uni!?

    *turns green*
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    (Original post by kizdesai)
    you're getting money before uni!?

    *turns green*
    I know, I'm going to have to ask my dad to lend me some money and pay it back when I get my student loan.

    On that topic: How stupid is it that you get the student loan pretty much on the day you start? Clearly there's loads of stuff you need to buy before then!
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    laundry bag £4.00 - get a decent fold down bag will cost a bit more than this but well worth the money
    clothes horse £4.00 - prob will cost more too for a decent sized one
    dustpan and brush £3.00 - you don't really need one or if you do get one from poundland
    USB mouse £13.00 - thats quite pricey
    Wine Glasses £5.00 - Poundland again
    Board games £-
    febreeze £2.50
    passport photos £3.50
    cartridge paper £6.00
    Stationery £30.00 - what on earth are you buying thats quite expensive you'd think you could get printer paper as well in that for that price
    Shoe Boxes £-
    Cold/hot packs £6.00 - poundland
    clipboard £3.00 - Often uni give these away free in freshers we got free ones anyway
    Tin of biscuits/chocs £3.50
    whitetack £3.00
    multi point adaptor £-
    clothes hangers £5.00 - poundland again should be able to get some for a pound or some stores give them away for free if you ask
    door stopper £2.00 - use a spoon its then free
    something with name on for door £-
    plastic poster hangers £3.00
    Disinfectant £2.50- you can get it for about 60p
    Kettle/coffee etc. £13.00 - go for a budget box with kettle toaster etc in it TJ Hughes have that for the same price
    some cuttlery £4.00 - tescos do nice cheap cutlery
    passport £-
    NI number £-
    NHS Number £-
    Bank account details £-
    CVs £-
    Address book/email contacts £-
    Maps/guides £3.00
    Doctor/Dentist details £-
    Exam certificates £-
    Uni Documents £-
    Bank statements £-
    Book light £10.00 - you can get a really nice desklamp in asda for £4
    Halogen £-
    Wall calendar £3.00
    relevant books-dictionary/thesaurus etc. £10.00
    plastic message board/wipes easily £5.00
    stamps/envelopes £3.00
    umbrella £15.00 - get a cheaper one
    some pro-plus £4.00
    paracetamol £1.00
    bandages £- £86.50 - heh???? a first aid kit is compact and will cost under a tenner easy. Lloyds pharmacy were doing one with a torch on it full medical box for £1 on special offer quite recently
    cotton buds £1.50
    cold/flu remedy/freshers flu £5.00
    bath and hand towels £20.00
    wash bag £5.00
    razors £17.00 - again what are you buying???
    toothbrush/toothpaste £6.00
    squirty hand soap £2.00
    general toiletrees/shampoo/sh gel £10.00
    nail clippers £-
    comb £1.00
    shaving gel/cream £3.00
    lip balm £1.00
    calculators £-
    alarm clock(s) £10.00 - don't you already have one of these
    UBS pen drive/floppy disks/CDs £20.00
    Netwok cable/internet £-
    printer £-
    bedside lamp £10.00 - you really shouldn't need one if you're already buying a lamp you'll prob have one supplied by uni too and have enough
    mini fridge £35.00 - you can get them cheaper than this
    hi-fi or just speakers for laptop £20.00
    camera £50.00 - if you just want a cheap one Lloyds pharmacy have a dig camera atm for £9.99 and its cute.
    rechargable batteries £12.00
    pack of cards £1.00
    posters/also available at freshers fair £-
    photos £-
    spare lightbulb £5.00 - often freshers give away cheap ones and if its a uni light the halls will supply it
    multi-tool/pen knife £10.00
    ear plugs £3.00
    loose change £-
    small sewing kit £-
    candles/lighter £6.00
    shaving brush/equipment £13.00

    Dressing gown/PJs £15.00
    General clothes £30.00
    Trousers £70.00
    shirts £80.00
    suit
    jacket £-
    nice shirt and tie £30.00
    slippers £8.00
    flip flops £5.00
    fitness/light trousers £20.00
    weights £-
    £694.50
 
 
 
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