Erasmus student 101: 3 low-budget ideas for survival
A trip to the local bank and your worst fear has come true: the month is almost over and you’ve got only 20 euros left in your account! Stay calm as we are about to show you the best ways to save money and survive on low-budget ideas until the new month is ready to roll.
What to eat
Instant ramen is a student’s best friend and you are going to need it at least once in your lifetime. Make sure to pay the Asian supermarkets a visit, as they have tons of flavors and their products are generally cheaper than the ones in the nearest Aldi. You’ll also have to rely on one of the oldest tricks in the world, the good old “call your mom and ask for cooking tips” because the time you always dreaded has finally come: you have to adapt to the scary concept of cooking at home.
Find some easy recipes, like scrambled eggs, or pizza and save some euros by staying in and inviting some friends over for pizza night. An international dinner with your friends could also come in handy, as you’ll get to try many different foods at once, without blowing off your budget. Plus, you may get to discover new flavors and who knows, maybe even try to reproduce them at home!
Where to go for free activities
There are tons of articles full of ideas about the free things you can do in Barcelona, and it’s time you do your research on low-budget ideas. Being on a budget does not mean you get to stay at home all alone, crying and waiting for the month to finish. Check out Barcelona’s parks, and go for a picnic, or search for free concerts and events near your area. A lot of museums have free exhibitions on certain days of the week, so use that to your advantage to get some culture into your head.
Plus, a day on the beach down in Barceloneta can definitely cheer you up and does a great job at helping you tan a bit. Last but not least, make sure to check out any free walking tours around the center, for a fun alternative to lazy weekends.
What to drink
Here we come to the most difficult aspect of thinking about low-budget ideas as an Erasmus student: the drinking part. But fear not, as there are a lot of alternatives to staying alcohol-free during your Erasmus. Make sure to stock up on beers from your local supermarket as you can get bargains on certain brands and it will save you some money for those hard end-of-the-month nights.
Also, a good idea is to organize cocktail nights with your friends, as you can split the cost of several alcohol bottles and get creative with your mixology skills. Don’t forget to check out Erasmus Barcelona’s events for Erasmus students, as there are plenty of them that offer free drinks or have some serious offers on cervezas and sangrias.