American publicist Dr. Laurence Buckman once said, “Budgets are for cutting, that’s why you set them.” This succinct statement is familiar to students who, as a rule, do not have income and profits, but have a specific goal to optimize costs. You can live without expensive gadgets and save on clothes, but food is an issue that always remains on the agenda.
The Slovenian Government offers students of colleges and universities to take advantage of the original and practical “bon” system, which will help students significantly reduce their expenditures and meanwhile have a balanced menu for almost all year round. The key information about the “bon” system is provided further in our article.
“Bons” are subventions that students receive for meals. The Government compensates for the cost of food in the amount of 2.63 EUR, and the difference is paid by a student. In public places of Slovenia, prices for “student meals” by “bons” may vary. However, in the majority of cases, a surcharge in the amount of 2–3 EUR is enough to have a set meal, including main course, soup, salad and fruit. The menu is balanced and nutritious, the portions are sufficient.
A student receives 1 subvention for each working day in a month (including Saturday and Sunday, if there were classes on these days). You can use no more than 2 “bons” per day with an interval of at least 4 hours between meals. The exception is students with children and disabled people who can eat without taking into account time periods and who are entitled to an additional amount of subventions.
“Bons” can also be used on weekends if the chosen public place participates in the programme of subsidized meals. “Bons” can be used in the time interval from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (starting from the 2018/19 academic year; previously “bons” were valid until 8:00 p.m.) At the same time, “bons” not used during the current month do not expire. They can be used for another 60 days. “Bons” can be used all year round except for the period from 15 July to 15 August. It is important that there are no geographical restrictions for subsidies. This means that students can use “bons” in any region of Slovenia.
It seems that 2.63 EUR is a small amount. However, if multiplying it by the number of working days in a month, we get 53–58 EUR of net savings, which is quite a lot. By the way, there is a number of catering establishments that deliver food using the “bon” system, and this reduces the cost of traveling around the city, and thus provides an additional opportunity for savings.
“Bons” are good because they are not a necessary measure, much less a harm to health. This is a progressive, automated system of subsidies, which requires only a simple registration procedure from a student (we will tell about this procedure in our next article), and in return provides a guaranteed and nutritious meal.
Provision of students with meals in Slovenia is a streamlined process that qualitatively improves life and plays a significant role in budget planning. The state system of subventions works without failures and bureaucratic delays, which means that any student in Slovenia will be provided with 100% meals during the whole academic process.