To be fair, £20 a day is not as ambitious as it could be – even in London – particularly as I’m not including rent in this amount.
However, I plan to continue to live in Barnsbury, so food bills and council tax tend not to be the lowest in the capital, and I want to make the most of my time in London, which means visiting the UK and Europe and not giving up my chocolate brownie addiction, so I think it’s kind of ambitious!
It started out of necessity: entering the big, wide world of freelancing and its sporadic income generation necessitates a tight budget.
But now I’m starting to see the benefits: my bike never feels neglected, I don’t even bother going shopping, I’m eating a lot of brown rice and lentils (very good for you – amino acids apparently – and they actually taste good if you know what you’re doing) and my friends think I’m quirky and creative (or at least they are very polite) when their birthday presents are handmade or sourced from the local Oxfam store.
Five weeks in and my £18.50 average per day has allowed an overnight visit to Cambridge, a B&B in Stratford-upon-Avon and providing a fully catered birthday brunch.
I think I’ll keep it up for a wee bit longer; see what happens. Good luck to me!