cost of living in london
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Jan 13, 2013 4:43 AM Last Post By: Paddox
Jan 10, 2013 2:15 PM
Breakfast - porridge (Oats So Simple) - 12 packets for £2.50, milk at £1.34 for four pints
Lunch - jacket potato, cheese, beans, salad - potato about 35p, cheese £4.50 for large block of the strong stuff, beans 60p, salad about £1 for a bag of mix lettuce and 35p for a pepper.
Snacks - banana 35p, bag of crisps 65p, tea & coffee (negligible as from work)
Dinner - pasta with home made sauce - pasta 50p for 500g bag (current price, bought it last night), sauce - tinned tomatoes at 21p tin, fresh garlic 50p, onions 50p, tomato puree 79p, minced beef £3. Make 3/4 meals.
So:- total £16.48p.
However, that includes breakfast for 12 days, the milk may be too much for one person (I share it at work). The cheese lasts me a fortnight, and the dinner is sufficient for 3/4 meals. Taking that into consideration, breakfast averages out at about £0.32p a day. Lunch about £2.75. Snacks about £1. Dinner at about £1.50.
That makes my current average about £7.33, so marginally over your £7 budget but it means I'm not going hungry, I'm still enjoying my food and I get to have healthy meals.
It's a load of tripe that healthy meals, fruit and veg is more expensive. Seriously, since I started buying my veg singularly as I need it rather than in big packs that go off and indeed cooking from scratch again not ready meals, my food bills have halved.
Jan 10, 2013 2:40 PM
16piaczka - toast with butter and marmite for breakfast; minimal cost as it's split but let's say £4 full cost for the week (I like nice bread). Salad from the market for lunch £2. Noodles for dinner 25p with some mushrooms £1 and chilli oil £1 from local chinese shop, tea plus milk £1.50. Total cost £9.75 - but you still have marmite and butter, some salad, some mushrooms and chilli oil, tea and milk left over. I'm not economising, that's just what my food happened to cost today. You can spend as much as you like - we had a dinner for over £100 due to wine costs - but I presumed the question was due to tanisa wanting to economise, which means pasta, toast, salad etc. Otherwise £70/week would be very decent living, more than that would be indecent.
Where are you people renting? Prices have gone up a LOT in the last 2 years; where I live it can go up to £1k for a room in a shared house... I'm central, but I'm not in the most expensive part of London.
tanisa - also try www.loot.com. Check carefully for whether pricing is per week or per calendar month, the price can vary by that much! Try to steer clear of places labelled as a bedsit; you'll be better off in a friendly flat where you meet and like the people than in a poky bedsit where your fellow residents might not be to your liking.
Jan 12, 2013 5:14 AM
Jan 12, 2013 8:11 AM
Jan 13, 2013 4:43 AM
19Ha, I spend way mo than that on groceries. Mind you, you haven't factored in things like washing powder, washing up liquid, cling film etc as they drive up my grocery bills. I also buy fruit out of season etc. I spend at least double that.
With regards rent, 450-1000 is about right. Check whether bills are payable on top or are included. Please tell me what area I can find a £900 per month house. Do you live in the east? Or on the outskirts of London?
Buses are cheaper than the tube. There's also the overground and mainline trains, some of which are very good.
Have you got a job yet? I'd this about the area you'd be working in and look at renting something with an easy-ish commute. If you work on one side of the city and live on the other side, you could spend over an hour commuting each way.
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