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London and the Budgetary Lessons

February 5th, 2013 at 01:39 pm

I've done some thinking about how folks spend and save around here.
Because energy is more expensive, there is a lot of emphasis on energy awareness. My homestay students tell me they're always urged to turn down heat, turn off lights, duplex print, etc. None of these are new to anyone, but they are certainly more emphasized.

I've also noticed the increasing emphasis to pay attention to food waste. Because food is a bigger part of people's budget, there are lots of articles and supermarket tips on how to stretch things, particularly meat. Many supermarkets charge for bags. I've also seen lots of articles on how to use up things like the last bit of mustard, dabs of vegetables, etc. As with the energy savings, none of this is new, but it's much more stressed.

That said, the lunch places are jammed and I hardly ever see anyone bringing in a lunch--well, except me.
The student office here, cognizant of the cost for students, has installed a microwave. I'm refilling my travel cup with water regularly. Everyone also seems very aware of the cost of transportation, especially with the huge rise in train fares. It would save me 20 minutes to take the bus to the tube, then the tube the rest of the way. I've discussed this with folks in the office, and virtually everyone moans about it, but takes the bus.

There also seems to be increasing stratification, just like in the US.

Tomorrow's topic? Charity shops!

5 Responses to “London and the Budgetary Lessons”

  1. scottish girl Says:

    Yes there is definetly an emphasis on food waste here. Love food hate waste comes to mind.

  2. My English Castle Says:

    I agree, SG! Americans are a little too heedless of food waste. Blame our abundance. How's your weather up there? Sounds VERY cold and snowy this winter?

  3. scottish girl Says:

    We had snow earlier, then it rained, so a mixture really.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Interesting...I wish the US was better at both of those!

  5. laura Says:

    I've always been very thrifty and scored some very nice things at a consignment store in Edinburgh! And two of the sweaters are still with me 15+ years later. Looking forward to your next post!

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