Written by Chris Bowditch
BA (Hons) Marketing Communications
As much as I like Dominoes takeaway and Iceland’s frozen range, after a while you really do have to start cooking for yourself if you want something fresh. I had done a bit of cooking before, but didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of my housemates by setting off any fire alarms! Online recipe pages are super helpful and I would definitely recommend having a look for easy recipes online. I have learned a load about cooking and while I’m no Nigella, I do make a killer burrito!
For the first time I had to really look at what I spent and so budgeting was important. After accounting for rent payments and how much I might spend each month on shopping and socialising, I quickly learned that I needed to think about materials for my course. I bought textbooks and signed up to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing to gain an extra qualification (BU can get you a membership at a cheaper rate), which had a big impact on my first attempt at budgeting. I also worked out several ways to save money when shopping, for instance you should never go food shopping when you are hungry!
By Chris Bowditch