London is an expensive place to eat and live- . Especially when the conversion rate is about 1.5 US Dollars to 1 GB Pound. No, London is not only a great but still picturesque English town. It is the capital of world affairs and fair international crucible to life in New York. In preparation for my study abroad this summer, I thought: “It will be so great to have an apartment where I can cook all my meals. I average about $ 4 per meal! “- No.
Every place that you study abroad, you want to experience the local cuisine as much as possible as someone who loves to cook, I. found myself cooking dinners at home only one night a week. I eat meals at home another 1-2 days and most breakfasts. other than that, I’m always out and about in the city, travel , exploring new places, not caring to return to the apartment to make me a sandwich when I can get one in every street corner beautifully prepared with a crisp side of Pret a Manger.
problem # 2 in trying to plan ahead and keep a well-stocked fridge: food goes bad in a matter of days. Ladies and gentlemen, I found the decline in expenses, non-GMO, no preservatives Food populate grocery stores in the UK- it rots fast speed. Here it is the social norm to run to your local Waitrose or Sainsbury’s to get your next meal every day, maybe twice a day. Keeping large amounts of food at home is not realistic for a busy student like you or me. When your bread, cold cuts and cheese are all perishing at different rates and you do not want to buy a whole bottle of mustard or mayonnaise for 1-2 months, you’ll be here, why? Just go in and get Itsu sushi at half price between 7-8pm and punch a notch in your loyalty card.
But do not let all this get you down! There are still plenty of ways to stay on track and on budget while studying abroad in London:
-Sainsbury of offers meal plan or a sandwich, pasta or salad with chips (chips) and a drink for 3 pounds (about $ 4.5). Stop the morning and bring it with while you’re traipsing around the city.
-Have “family meal” with your flatmates. Whenever possible, my roommates and I take turn cooking for each other. When buying ingredients in the store, it will be enough to feed 5 anyway.
-Don’t spend money on bottled water. Any tap water in London is safe to drink and tastes good! Keep 1 or 2 bottles at home and reuse.
Be sensible with your spending on food but know that a typical meal will average 6-10 GBP (GBP tack of 4 if you plan to get a drink). This will release about $ 15- $ 20 per meal.
Budget accordingly and you have a recipe for success. Cheers!