When I got to Sydney, I was bleeding money since I was spending most of my time in the city for work and university. It doesn’t get any easier for the first few months while one is still looking for a decent job which aren’t too easy to come by as well.
Cheap eats are the best way to get the energy needed to spend the day in the city walking around, working etc. without spending too much money. I would say $10 in a day would be the ideal amount to spend on food and drinks. I love the $10 specials most pubs have as they’re good enough to keep one going for a while.
One no-no is consuming mass amounts of energy drinks. There are a few popular brands available but the most popular ones are V and Mother. The prices in the city compared to the suburbs vary. They even vary by location.
The cheapest can of Mother I’ve bought was $3.21 in Wollongong and the most expensive can of Mother I’ve bought was $4.50 in Lumeah. I’ve found that its better to just buy a case from Woolworths or Coles and keep it at home. Its way cheaper.
Of course Redbull is available everywhere but its a bit pricey. If you’re going to be drinking energy drinks, might want to get used to a different kind of taste. I found Mother to be quite similar to Redbull. My favorite flavor of Mother is the Frosty Berry which is the purple can.