Have money, will spend — that may be the mantra for college students, but as we found out, they spend it responsibly. HT City asked four Delhi University students to talk about their monthly expenses:
Name: Simran Narang
College: SGTB Khalsa
Monthly pocket money: Rs 1,000
Expenses: I live in Noida and use the Metro for commuting to college. It cost Rs 40 daily. Not pricey, eh? My food bill is also cheap. Only street -side gol-gappas for me. For movies, I only watch the morning shows at SPICE Cinemas (in Noida). There, the tickets are priced at a mere Rs 50.
Name: Ankita Singh
College: Delhi College of Arts and Commerce
Monthly pocket money: Rs 3,000
Expenses: I go to Priya Cinema in Basant Lok Market for movies. The popcorn there is too costly, so I go to KFC or McDonald’s instead. Sometimes after a movie, if I am in the mood for desi food, I go to Katwariya Sarai. A vendor there gives amazing keema parathas just for Rs 40. Instead of malls, I like hanging out in the ruins, where the tickets are dirt cheap. Last week, for instance, I went with a friend to Purana Qila. There, we did boating, saw the hockey match at the stadium and had a variety of delicacies. Total expenditure: Rs 500.
Name: Surbhi Bagga
College: Sri Ram College of Commerce
Monthly pocket money: Rs 2,000
Expenses: I like going to Nirula’s for their hot chocolate fudge. It’s near to the college. The bill comes to Rs 200. So I go there only once a week. Otherwise, I happily subsist on Maggi noodles and potato chips.
College: Hindu College
Monthly pocket money: Rs 500
Expenses: I generally eat in the cheaply-priced college canteen. It has yummy shahi paneer and naan that comes for just Rs 30. For movies, we usually watch the morning shows. The tickets are cheaper.