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23 January 2007 @ 10:20 pm
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Question for people who live in rented (or owned accomodation if you are the house holder):
How much do you pay a month on bills on average?
This excludes rent and council tax. I'm not really interested in a phone line for quite sometime as well.

Thanks for any input, x
louiseretrocircles on January 23rd, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
i have a 3 bed house & my bills are:
£25 water
£33 tv licence (every 3 months)
£73 gas
£52 electricity
£120-200 food (depending on a lot of things)
£25 broadband (£60 with tv & phone)
dont think there's anything else.
exploitedfairyexploitedfairy on January 23rd, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
there's two of us living in a one bed apartment and we just paid a quarterly bill of £116 for electricity, but we don't have gas at all here to that electricity bill pays for cooking and heating too...
Gemmasparklygem on January 23rd, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
I have a 2 bed terrace in south yorkshire, our bills are:
£42 gas & electricity
£20 water - we only pay this march - december I think...
£11 tv license
£30 for telewest phone/broadband/tv
£27 buildings & contents insurance
+ food

me and my boyfriend both put £400 into our joint bank account each month and we pretty much spend every penny!
printjunkie: biology millaprintjunkie on January 23rd, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
Does council tax not cover water bills?

I think your prices sound the most accurate for what my potential flat would be. It'll be a studio or 1 bedroomed flat.

louiseretrocircles on January 24th, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
nope, your water is seperate. though normally you dont pay water rates from november-april. well, that's what mine does.

your expenses will depend completely on a lot of things. for example, when i lived in a 2 bed terrace, my gas & electricity was £30 each. it was a smaller house, and it had good windows to keep the heat in. whereas my new house has old windows & the heat leaves the house really quickly. hence i pay more than double for gas now.
also, depending on how much light you get naturally will depend on how much you switch your lights on etc. we dont get much light on the front from the windows, and our lights are always on.
you really wont know until you move in & start paying.
bitch_bitesbitch_bites on March 29th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
If you live in Scotland, yes. Well, mine does anyway :)
Sharonxdream_awayx on January 23rd, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
tv license - £11
Water - £25
electricity (quarterly) - £53
Gas (quarterly) - £80
f is for faye: butterfliesnoteinherpocket on January 23rd, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
I live in a one bed flat on my own:

Water - £48 quarterly
Electricity - £40 monthly direct debit (I don't have gas so everything is electricity)
Phone and broadband - £40 monthly
Food - £15-20 per week depending on my plans.

I paid for my TV licence outright every September. And I don't pay council tax because I'm a student, but at a guess I'd say it'd be about £50 per month.

I think that's everything, I always forget my bills, I'm so not responsible enough to live on my own :)
Emmalittleminds on January 23rd, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
3 bedrooms, I pay by Direct Debit, so fixed amounts:

Gas and electric; 55
Tv license £23 (They take extra the first few months)
water: £50, but thats just cos i had to pay it in a short time.
£14 phone
£24.99 broadband
£15 Sky

I go out a few times for meals a week, averaging from £1-£10 per time. I havent had time to go out drinking a lot either, but that's about £30 each time I go. Food costs me...well I do a MASSIVE shop once a term, that includes lots of meat, and things to freeze/stock the cupboards, which comes to around £60, and then try to get just fresh fruit, veg, bread and milk for under £10 a week.

A lot of money goes into my car, it's now about £10 per week though, so I guess I am getting better. Its cheaper for me to drive than to catch a bus! Insane!

When you first move somewhere, you may be required to give deposits for certain things. BT wanted a £50 deposit from me, which I still haven't seen back yet (They did inform me it would take awhile to get back) and it did cost me a ton to move here at first. But now I am earning, its a little bit better
louiseretrocircles on January 24th, 2007 09:20 am (UTC)
oh yes, thats a good point.
if you're planning on renting, you'll need to pay a months rent up front, plus one month as a deposit.
blackauroraroseblackaurorarose on January 24th, 2007 10:31 am (UTC)
2 bed flat.
£87-coucil tax
£11 tv licence
£41-ntl digitaltv, phone and broadband
£31-water rates
£120-electric(for a quarter/3months)
£80-gas(for a quater/3months)
then food on top of that and any personal bills also like mobiles/contacts/loan payments/credit cards.

its an expensive deal. i never have money for myself. i get about 900 a month and 700 goes on bills good job i share with my bf. but im moving home in march its that expensive
ReclusiveEnigmareclusiveenigma on January 24th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for asking this q, my landlord currently has electric, water and gas in with the rent but as of aug its changing so I need to know all this too :)
timetoxwaste on January 24th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
I live in a one bedroom flat on my own. As I'm a student I don't pay council tax or anything, but currently my O/G bills are:

TV lisence - £12 per month
Phone/Broadband - £35 per month
Electric - Around about £50-£70 per month, depending on the time of year
Contract mobile - £40 per month

My rent on top of that is £300, but only because I personally know the landlord so I got it discounted heh. xo
printjunkie: biology millaprintjunkie on January 24th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
See as you're a student and live alone have you thought about applying for housing benefit?
starsandkeytars on January 27th, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
i have a 1 bedroom flat. i pay monthly;

£190 for rent
£40 for phone/broadband
£10 gas
£25 electric

no council tax cause i'm a student :)

igotahalo on February 17th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
i live in a 2 bedroom city centre apartment/flat that holds heat really well. our last water/electric bill was only £10!