How much on average do you spend on food and drink in a week? Watch
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It might be an idea to have a look through online shops and fill a basket with your regular shopping stuff to help get an idea of prices and what sorts of deals there are?
Will you be eating any catered food at uni or all your own cooking/takeaways?
Basically you can get really cheap if you do the latter (without the takeaways).
Realistically you probably need to plan for between £30 and £50 a week.
- Shop at Lidl or Aldi
- Buy own brand, they are just as good as brands and a lot cheaper
- Meal plan every week so you only buy what you'll eat
- Cook in bulk to save costs. I make 2 or 3 meals a week and eat leftovers the other days
Some pro tips are shopping at places like Aldi, Lidl. They're phenomenal for students in my experience.
Some people have cars, some people don't. It depends what you want and have. I don't have a car so I had a nicer student accommodation with the extra money, and was able to be a little bit more liberal.
I live with my partner and we probably spend about £70 on food shopping to last us two weeks or more. We go to Morrison's and splurge a little, just because we can. Factor in eating out, takeaway, and other stuff, it can be easy to spend a lot
I put together a budgeting guide which includes shopping, bills etc. It might be useful to look at get an idea of how to plan out your money.
If you need something for a reference hopefully this helps!
Any tips? Do you cook? What are your food choices?