I have lived in London for six months when I was finishing my masters. I was doing an unpaid internship in one of the most expensive cities of the world. Loving to Edinburgh didn’t make much difference. The city is also (less) expensive. And whether you’re a student, a graduate or a young professional, it might be hard to make it to the end of the month. This is why I put together these little tricks that will help you save some money while being on a budget!
1. Order your groceries online.
When you live in a big city, you rarely have a big grocery store just next to your home. The vast majority of products in Sainsbury’s locals or Tesco Metro are not generic brands so they are expensive. It is also almost impossible to get a big batch of groceries at once. When you order online, you can order the cheapest products from groceries, to drugstore to cleaning and beauty products. Delivery is often cheap or free above a certain amount. Cheap grocery and no carrying bags, win-win! Also, get stores’ loyalty cards because it may give you exclusive promotions or vouchers!
2. Poundland is your best friend.
Let’s admit it, a pack of six toilet paper rolls is super expensive at the supermarket. So why spend £4 at Sainsbury’s when you can have it for £1 at Poundland? The same applies for beauty products, cereals, food cupboard, and house cleaning products. I have saved so much money doing this when I was living in Edinburgh. Depending on the size of your local store, you may also find baking equipment, gardening tools, books, etc. Really, think about it because there is no little savings. When you’re on a budget, every pound counts and you may be saving a lot of money that you could use on something you enjoy.
3. Do not live in the city center.
Sounds pretty obvious. Accommodation in the city center is known for being expensive, barely affordable. You may be close to university or your work but is it really worth it? If you live in the outer city, your rent will be much lower. You may have to pay for transport, yes, but I believe you will still be able to put some money aside. If you don’t like public transport, you can invest in a bike and ride it to work everyday. Healthy and cheap. Flat in the outer city are also often bigger and in quieter areas, which are perfect when you want a relaxing weekend.
4. Workout at the park.
If your workout is essentially cardio, you don’t necessarily have to go to the gym. If there is a park nearby, you can run there. You can also run in the street. Have a look at Google Map, set a track for yourself and just run. Some parks may also have workout equipments such as exercise bikes. If you want to exercice once or twice a week, I am not sure a gym membership is worth it, especially during summer when it’s warm outside and perfect for a run.
5. Make your lunch at home.
Whether you are at university or working, you need to eat at noon. When I was a student, I always ended up going to the supermarket to buy a sandwich. First, processed food isn’t so good for your health. Second, it is super expensive in the long run. If you cook at home, you have control over everything you buy (usually in big quantity which makes it cheap) and how much of it you use. You can weight, measure and be creative. Put everything in a tupperware, take a fruit and you’re set for lunch. For almost nothing.
6. Find promoters in the street.
I am talking to all the party queens and kings. Which I used to be when living in London. Partying is expensive, so expensive. You have to pay an entry fee plus all your drinks once you’re inside. The beauty of big cities is that they have plenty of clubs that are always keen on getting new customers in. Clubs will have people stationed in the streets which will gladly give you free way into the club. Make the most of it because clubs are super expensive too.
They may all sound pretty obvious but they were not to me at first! Have you ever thoughts about these? What do you think? Any tricks you want to share with us to help us save some money?
I hope you liked this post! Thanks for reading!
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