Could you survive on £20 a week?
With Christmas out and assignments/exams underway, hopefully you've not eaten and drank your way through the latest instalment of your loan...
You've only just got it after all!
But, if you hit it a little hard last term, it might be time to start budgeting and stop splashing the cash for a while - in preparation for those post-exam celebrations, obviously...
Here's how I survived on £20 for a week:
- Supermarket-own Coco Pops & milk (x7). I know it's no sausage sandwich, but needs must...
- Chicken stir-fry (x3)
- Spaghetti bolognese (x3)
- Chicken pasta bake (x3)
- Beans & toast (x2)
- Ham sandwich (x3)
- Snacks: Apples (x5) & pears (x4)
As you can see, my meals over the week were substantial - I could have spent less (e.g. taking away the meat out of the stir-fry and pasta bake). My grand total came to £17.21 - pretty good going!
I price compared shopping items online for the best deals. Then made a list of what I needed and headed out (with my own shopping bags). This meant I concentrated on what I actually needed. Success!
I opted to bulk buy items (like cereal) to save money in the long haul and froze items in portions (bread, chicken) to prevent them going off.
Tip: Reuse your teabags if you can't cope without a cup of tea every now and then.
Friday Night Feeling: After missing our usual Friday night out, me and my mates decided to go out midweek instead. We walked to the Hideout and got there nice and early. As we had an early start the following morning, we only needed money for a few drinks (cheap drinks FTW!).
Tip: Leave your debit cards at home. It's too common to end £50 down after thinking you're loaded and offering everyone drinks and food!
There are obvious ways to make a few more savings, such as buying all supermarket brands, not going out, trying a veggie diet etc. But I feel smug getting through the week on £19.21 without completely cutting the luxuries.
So, if you need to cut your spending, even just for the odd week, try it out. It might just save you that grovelling phone call home...
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