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Less is the New More: How To Live On Less


By Simon Thompson
 
     
With our student loans dwindling down, you really have to start watching those pennies, especially during the run up to Christmas. A great way to buckle down and cut costs is to make a necessity list. This means jotting down all the required items you can’t live without, with food at the top of that list. So what can you do with £10? If carefully planned, quite a lot – it could help you pay for a week’s worth of meals for instance.

By shopping at Iceland and Asda, and keeping a keen eye on Lidl and Aldi, you can buy more for less. While other stores have a reputation for good quality goods, the names listed above make for good quality as well as excellent quantity.

To give you an idea of what a necessity list should look like, here’s an example that should help you survive on £10 a week:-

• Bread

• Rice

• Pasta

• Tomato Paste

• Ham

• Eggs

• Vegetables

• Fruit

• Juice

• Chocolate

The items on this particular list can be obtained for as little as £10 in Iceland, where you can get great deals, with most products at a bargain buy of £1, or if you prefer shopping at Asda, you can get own-branded food items, which are cheaper compared to other brands. On the other hand, Lidl has a selection of half price weekend offers that are hard to refuse.

Another great place to spend your money is at the local market. Most vendors will sell vegetables and fruits at a fair price of £1 per bag which ranges from 500g and above, making it a definite steal at that price.

This is your chance to stay healthy and organized, with a list worth eating from while saving money and gaining a well-structured lifestyle.

Sometimes desperate measures are in need when you’re running low on funds. If you have a part time job in a restaurant, this is a great opportunity to snag some leftovers. For the most part this falls under the perks of being a staff member in the hospitality sector as they often give you doggie bags with yummy treats. This helps avoid wastage and gives you a filling meal whilst saving you the trouble of cooking after a tiresome day at work. Although if it’s against the restaurant’s policy, then don’t touch the excess food – it’s not worth losing your job.

You haven’t experienced the full form of University life until you’ve lived on a strict budget. These tips are only a guideline, so feel free to make your own necessity list and have fun adding a few guilty pleasures. After all, a few strawberries dipped in chocolate never hurt anyone.

Limitations aren’t fun, so sprucing up your own list might help keep you in check whenever you find it difficult. Or if you feel like you’re straying away from your set budget, just reel yourself back in with the thought of saving up for that long awaited holiday or those special pair of shoes you’ve had your eye on for a while.

Written by Christine Braganza

 
 
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