Budgeting is nothing new to me. I’m a student after all, and I’ve always relied heavily on the student grant to get me through the month.
I manage okay — my parents do pay my rent and give me a small allowance that I have to balance with paying food and bills. One month, however, things spiraled way out of control. I didn’t factor in costs for buses home, and then I needed repair work done, an astronomically high electric bill and then not thinking, I decided to eat out…
I checked my account to make sure I had enough money to pay the landlord, only to find my allowance was gone, and a chunk of my grant was going to my rent this month instead.
I’ve seen plenty of websites and blogs for students and how to eat and live well on a tight budget… But none of them seemed to suit me or my needs very well. For starters, I don’t live in the UK or America, which makes a big difference. Secondly, a blog that suggests I eat bread sticks and lettuce for a week as dinner is completely incompatible with my lifestyle. I walk everywhere, and thus an empty stomach simply won’t do. Thirdly, only once did I see any kind of post that offered a complete lifestyle under a semi-reasonable budget, not just food, or entertainment.
So I decided to start one of my own instead, the story of a real life student, in a real life city on a tight budget.