Living on a budget in London
April 13, 2012 12:24 PM Subscribe
We've just relocated to London (Richmond-area but not Richmond) from abroad, and we're looking for some budget planning advice.
posted by jonobarel to Work & Money (39 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
My wife and I have just relocated to London through my employer, and we're trying to plan our new life in the city.
Our biggest challenge, around which we think everything will be determined, is planning our monthly budget.
A few assumptions:
* We're planning to live in the Greater London Area
* I'm going to work in Richmond
* living on a moderate analyst's salary
* two dogs and a cat
* no car, no plans to own one
* we've already accepted that it's going to be a 1-bdr apartment, so guests will have to make do on the couch.
* we've spent the last few years living on a very careful (and tight) budget, and we tend to be very calculated in our expenses.
* we don't want to give up on ALL the fun stuff.
The problem is we don't know how much things are going to cost here - how much should we expect to pay for utilities? Modest internet? But most of all - gorceries? We went into Sainsbury's on Manor Rd in Richmond, and were kind of taken aback by the costs. 80p for a bell pepper is kind of shocking... Is this normal? Will we ever be able to afford fresh veggies living in the UK?
I'd love to hear your advice/input, tips, particularly some concrete numbers, but otherwise anything that will convince us we've not made an egerious mistake...