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How to survive on a low income in London

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This article will show you how you can live, eat, drink and sleep on a low income in London, while still maintaining a good quality of life.
Living in London is not easy when you are on a limited income. However, it is by no means impossible. The first step to living on a budget in this city is keep your rent as low as you can. Many Londoners would agree that the cost of rent is by far the greatest challenge that people in this city have to endure. The best way to keep rent lower is to research as many property vacancies as you can and to consider living further from the centre of London. Southeast London, for example, is generally significantly cheaper to live in than somewhere like West Hampstead in northwest London.
The next step is to cook as often as you can. Assuming you have an adequate kitchen, buying your groceries from Tesco and cooking every day will definitely save you hundreds of pounds a year. It will also save you the transport costs of having to travel to eat out as well as the general cost of meals and drinks when eating out. If you are not an experienced cook yet, find some recipies online or develop your own!
Purchase an Oyster Card. This will provide you with significant discounts on single bus and tube journeys in the city. It is free to obtain and you can continue using it by topping up whenever your credit is running low.
Walk or cycle more. If you preferred to take the tube from Oxford Circus to Leicester Square, why not just walk instead? Even in a crowded city like London, a mile of walking should not take more than 15 to 20 minutes for most people. It could save you substantial amounts of money in the long run. Don't take taxis unless you want to be charged the equivalent of £1 a minute on your journey.
Look out for all kinds of special offers. During the evenings Tescos often reduces the prices of its sandwiches to just £1 if they expire on the same date. There are also many cheap restaurants dotted around the city, where meals can be bought for as little as £4 or £5! Additionally, consider purchasing any unsold food at market closing time - sometimes you may even get some for free. If you're a fan of the pub then head to somewhere that has a 'happy hour', when drinks may be on offer for half the regular price.
Finally, keep in mind that the temptation to spend, spend, spend in London can be quite overwhelming. Remember, however, that there are many things you can do for free. Museums and art galleries offer free admission and you are still able to enjoy being in the presences of many of London's famous sights, such as Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge, Big Ben and Hyde Park - free of charge! In fact, this is the reason why the rent in this city is so expensive after all. It does not simply pay for your accommodation - it a kind of mega-tax for that pays for the privilege of living in one of the world's greatest cities.


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