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Hi Everyone,
would you be able to tell me approximately how much you spend on the following, as I am working on a budget spreadsheet for monthly living in London for my husband and myself.
Phone
Mobile
Internet
Gas and Electricity
Rubbish Removal
Petrol

Looking to guesstimate what it would cost for a 1-2 bed apartment or house near Slough, Canary Wharf- so not city centre but not far out either!
TIA :)
 

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Hi Everyone,
would you be able to tell me approximately how much you spend on the following, as I am working on a budget spreadsheet for monthly living in London for my husband and myself.
Phone
Mobile
Internet
Gas and Electricity
Rubbish Removal
Petrol

Looking to guesstimate what it would cost for a 1-2 bed apartment or house near Slough, Canary Wharf- so not city centre but not far out either!
TIA :)
First of all, Slough is no where near Canary Wharf so are you planning on living in London of which Canary Wharf is a part of or Slough which is 20 or 30 miles outside of London.

Either way, here are some property websites:

UK's number one property website for properties for sale and to rent
Primelocation: Homes & Houses For Sale, Estate Agents, Property Search
FindaProperty.com Houses for sale, rent, estate agents & house prices

Some phone and internet providers:

BT
Sky
Virgin

Mobile phone providers:

Vodaphone
O2
Carphone Warehouse

Gas and electric comparison websites:

Gas & Electricity >> Switch Suppliers, Save Money | Gocompare.com

London gas prices | London electricity prices | compare energy prices in London

Petrol prices:

Petrol Prices in London - Find Petrol Prices and Petrol Stations | Whatgas.com

Rubbish removal is covered by council tax which varies widely depending on what borough you live in and the value and size of the property.
 

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Thanks Nyclon.
I should have put a slash on areas to live- I am aware they are nowhere near each other, but it is silly to go on a forum and ask about living costs with no indicator of where you will be.
Thanks for the sites, had a look at quite a few already..
Just trying to get a real life worldview with actual figures.
Thanks for your time!
 

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Thanks Nyclon.
I should have put a slash on areas to live- I am aware they are nowhere near each other, but it is silly to go on a forum and ask about living costs with no indicator of where you will be.
Thanks for the sites, had a look at quite a few already..
Just trying to get a real life worldview with actual figures.
Thanks for your time!
London itself is huge at about 659 square miles and housing, which will by far be your most significant expense, is going to vary greatly whether you are in Central London or Zone 5. I can only guess that it's cheaper to live in Slough at least as far as housing.
 

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Hi Everyone,
would you be able to tell me approximately how much you spend on the following, as I am working on a budget spreadsheet for monthly living in London for my husband and myself.
Phone
Mobile
Internet
Gas and Electricity
Rubbish Removal
Petrol

Looking to guesstimate what it would cost for a 1-2 bed apartment or house near Slough, Canary Wharf- so not city centre but not far out either!
With risks of oversimplication, I try to give you ballpark figures:

Phone and broadband: best to get them as a package. If there is a BT line already there, you can get it reconnected for free and pay around £30 a month for line rental, basic tariff and broadband.
Mobile: Unless you are a big user, PAYG probably is your best bet and you may only be able to get it until you can pass credit checks. A basic phone can be £10 to £30 and you may top-up around £20 a month in call credit. Contract phone is usually free with a monthly charge of around £20 to £30, more for something like iPhone 4S.
Gas and Electricity: For a small flat, budget up to £100 a month.
Rubbish removal: as nyclon states, it's covered by your council tax, around £1000-1200 a year.
Petrol: is at record high of around £1.38 a litre. If you drive 10,000 miles a year at average of 40mpg, you will pay around £1568 a year or £130 a month (two full tanks). In addition you pay road tax (VED) between £0 to £460 a year, depending on polluting levels. Average for a small car is around £30 to £130. Insurance varies but can be £1000 or more/year without UK driving experience and nil no claim discount. No road tolls as such (except some bridges/tunnels and one short section of motorway near Birmingham). You have to pay £8 a day to drive into Central London (congestion charge).
 
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