Hi everyone, I'm back with week two of my spending diary. I like to think I'm pretty good with money, and usually aim to spend around £80 per week. For London this can be quite a challenge, but hopefully with these posts I can prove to those who are struggling with the money suction nozzle that is this beautiful city that it can be done, and without denying myself any of life's pleasures either.
So the week before last, I spent £77.85, almost bang on my target. Now's the dreaded moment I tot up how much I frittered away in the week beginning the 9th November:
- £3.24 - On a few essentials in Tesco
- £1.50 - Lunch in the amazing Regency cafe near Chelsea, a truly authentic old fashioned greasy spoon that's been used in several films such as Brighton Rock and Layer Cake- I had beans on toast and a cuppa, but unfortunately didn't have much change as it's cash only, so my friend paid the extra quid or two for me. It's incredibly cheap there and an amazing atmosphere, I definitely recommend!
- £8.10 - Food and a bottle of wine in Coop. It's my most local shop and usually I avoid it as for food it is quite expensive, but they do great value house wines that are a nice quality and cost as little as £3.50 a bottle.
- £10 - Gas and Electric bills- unfortunately unavoidable.
- £6.76 - I got a film developed from my Erasmus Exchange in Nice after I found it in a box in my room. A great reminder of the amazing time I had there, although it made me wish I could return! (If you're interested in studying abroad, have a look at my article on it here) I got this done in Snappy Snaps in Camberwell. It's worth using that branch as they give UAL students a 10% discount.
- £7.45 - Superdrug bits and pieces
- £14.38 - Morrisons, including three really nice and big scented candles which were half price at £1.50 each, and a bag of four aubergines knocked down to just 75p. I'll post a recipe soon of the amazing baba ganoush I made with them, which is a really easy, cheap, and great tasting dip or sandwich filler. I always like to have something like that in so I can knock together a quick packed lunch for college rather than paying out in the canteen.
So that's way lower than my average £80 week, so I'm very pleased as the term presses on and my student loan is getting harder and harder to stretch. Maybe there are some perks of being a busy 3rd year and not having so much time to socialise, as I certainly saved on that last week (unfortunately not this week though...I'm a little bit worried about adding up that total next time).
Hopefully you're all coping with your money the end of term draws nearer. Remember, the 'I'm a poor student line' is always understood when you find yourself having to spend a quid each on Christmas presents. Don't feel bad about it if you can't afford to be as generous as you want to be, trust me it's better to eat.