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brokeinwales
Old 12-08-2009, 1:09 PM
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Default I have literally no money!

I need some suggestions fast on how I can survive the next two weeks with no cash.

When I say literally - well, I have three pounds and a little shrapnel in my purse right now, but that's it. I've already borrowed off everyone I can think of.

My rent and bills for the month are paid, and I don't have to make any debt repayments until after next pay day. I've worked out if I get up early enough I can walk to and from work every day, so no travel costs. But I DO need to buy food - I have a few tins of tomatoes and beans in the cupboard, three quorn sausages in the freezer, one onion, some teabags, and a little pasta and rice - but I doubt it's going to last me the two weeks 'til payday.

Does anyone have any imaginative suggestions on how I can survive for the next two weeks without going really hungry?! Places to get free food maybe?
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Old 12-08-2009, 1:16 PM
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I need some suggestions fast on how I can survive the next two weeks with no cash.

When I say literally - well, I have three pounds and a little shrapnel in my purse right now, but that's it. I've already borrowed off everyone I can think of.

My rent and bills for the month are paid, and I don't have to make any debt repayments until after next pay day. I've worked out if I get up early enough I can walk to and from work every day, so no travel costs. But I DO need to buy food - I have a few tins of tomatoes and beans in the cupboard, three quorn sausages in the freezer, one onion, some teabags, and a little pasta and rice - but I doubt it's going to last me the two weeks 'til payday.

Does anyone have any imaginative suggestions on how I can survive for the next two weeks without going really hungry?! Places to get free food maybe?
Oh dear, poor you.

Have you got family close by where you can go for tea, i eat at my Mum's twice a week and it saves me alittle.
If not then you maybe need to buy some cheap bread and beans, spaghetti etc. Also pasta and the cheap pasta sauces are a good idea and seem to go quite far. Do you have any cheap food stores near where you live, Netto maybe?
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Old 12-08-2009, 1:27 PM
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Have a look at the Old Style money saving board, there's loads of advice about cheap cheap recipes on there.

You may nead to eat 'value' food. Couscous is cheap too. Avoid meat as v expensive. Go to your local market and see if there's any fruit and veg that they are chucking at the end of the day.

Good luck, you can do it if you really put your mind to it and think laterally. Let us know howe you get on.

I would say if you were in London that I'd get you a lunch one day x
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Old 12-08-2009, 1:30 PM
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tell your friends... i'm always feeding people

apart from that i think it'll be a toast week for you. value bread is ok for toasting, and value beans are about 8p a tin x
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Old 12-08-2009, 1:40 PM
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Could you maybe make a basic pasta sauce with the tins of toms and the onion then freeze it in little portions to pour over your pasta? Do you have any herbs or anything that you could add to it to make taste o.k?

Sounds so daft I know and I couldn't help laughing as I was typing that but it's the only thing I could come up with using your ingredients!
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Old 12-08-2009, 1:44 PM
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I would do the beans and toast too, last time i brought the value bread it was about 30p and a tub of marg or something cheap. I know its not exactly appealing but its better than nothing. good luck. Some people who are lucky get to stock up on all the whoospies at the end of the day. x
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Old 12-08-2009, 1:49 PM
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Get some oats too for a filling breakfast porridge (less than 1 for a couple of weeks worth if you get shop own brand). Ok I know its not really a summer breakfast but are we really having a summer ?!
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Old 12-08-2009, 1:50 PM
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I know how you feel, when my partner was made redundant at the start of the year we had a couple of months where this happened to us. (luckily he is back at work now so we are ok).

most supermarkets esp asda do a massive bag of pasta for around 1 they also do their version of supa noodles really cheap. I know its not particularly nice but it will stop you starving and fill you up a little.

now we are getting back on track we always put a couple of extra tins and some pasta etc in the cupboard for emergencies so if anything like it happens again we won't have to worry.

I know it sucks but be honest with your family and friends, they don't need to know the ins and outs just say you have had a bad month and would they mind if you came to dinner one night. I doubt anyone would object and you shouldn't feel embarrassed - we have all been there at some point.
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Old 12-08-2009, 2:13 PM
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gosh that was quick!
Thanks for the ideas. I have some dried chillis in the back of the cupboard, a bit of coriander - and a bag of ginger someone gave me too.
I reckon I can make a pasta sauce to last a few meals, I also thought about using baked beans ina sort of improvised vegetarian chilli.

The worst of this is I don't have any family nearby at all (the nearest is over 200 miles away, so can't really pop over for tea!), not many close friends either. I did manage to get some cheese swirls from the 24 hour Tesco last night for 10p each - which made for an OK dinner with the last of the tomato ketchup.

This really sucks. I hate having no money. It sucks even more because when I tell people they say "Oh I've got no money either" then swan off for a pub lunch saying "I know I really shouldn't". They don't realise what I mean by "literally no money"! I couldn't waste cash like that if I wanted to at the moment...

Thanks for the support here though - makes me feel a bit better.
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Old 12-08-2009, 2:19 PM
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Get to the supermarket about 30 mins before closing - loaves of bread for 5p/10p and ham/chicken and similar for pence in the pound of the normal price.

You could seeit as a challenge, which if you come through it (and let's face it, you pretty much have to) then think how much less you can live off next month. Your story could be inspirational, so please keep a diary and let us all know how you're doing, I'm sure we'll all help where we can.
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Old 12-08-2009, 2:22 PM
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2 weeks is a tall order for 3 quid.

If it were me. I'd firstly buy a box of porridge, probably for 75p which will probably last 2 weeks. Then i'd go to a supermarket and find every value product i can find like 7 pence noodles, and 7 pence beans. I'd also buy a couple of loaves of bread, say 30p each.

Can you sell something on ebay maybe for a tenner or something.

Sometimes if i dont have any pasta sauce, i just pour tomato soup on my pasta as an alternative, and tomato soup you can get for pennies.
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Old 12-08-2009, 2:24 PM
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You could buy a loaf of bread, a bag of the cheapest pasta, some cans of basic beans, and a few baking potatoes. Then you can have pasta and tomato sauce a few times, beans on toast, beans on jacket potato, quorn sausage sandwich (or sausauge pasta perhaps?). If you have any change, you could also pop into the supermarkets before closing and see if there are any yellow stickered items reduced to a few pence.

As others have said, visit friends and family for dinner, or even pop in for tea and cake if you're too embarassed to invite yourself round for dinner. If you stay long enough they might offer you dinner anyway .
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Old 12-08-2009, 2:33 PM
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Just an idea, but have you thought of getting instant cash via Cash Converters or pawning any jewellery? Not great solutions, I know, but worth considering as you're desperate. Also, do you have any purchases that you've recently made which you could return? When I was particulalry broke at the start of the year I took a few bits of clothing back to Tescos without receipts and ended up with amost 20 put on a Tesco card to spend in store. Worth scouring your cupboards and wardrobes for this?
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Old 12-08-2009, 2:50 PM
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Can you sell something on ebay maybe for a tenner or something
I don't own anything of value (I always joke that if my debts ever do satrt spiralling out of control again I'm not too scared of the bailiffs cos I've got nothing to take!) Plus which, I don't have a computer/internet at home so would be a bit awkward anyway. Shame really...

My bf (who I've only been seeing a month so don't wish to overimpose!) has donated me some eggs and mushrooms that a visitor left behind in his fridge. So I'm going to have a mushroom omelette for tea. I'm definetly going to go for porridge (and nick some sugar from work to sprinkle on it) - I do actually quite like it.

Work lunches are going to be a bit tricky I think... normally I take leftovers, but leftovers from beans on toast doesn't really work.

I'm also going to cover my daily exercise routine (which normally is a class or swimming) by going for a run - which won't cost me anything. My normal exercise routine is pretty intense - which means I tend to eat a lot of food. Which is a pain! I'm also going to be adding six miles of walking five days a week to that by opting to walk to work. I am going to be so thin by next pay day....

Just remembered that I may have a loo roll and shampoo problem though. And I've been on the same razorblade for quite a while which isn't doing my legs much good (thank god it's not summery enough for shorts!)
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Do you have any nectar points or tesco vouchers?

Not best of use, but you can use 500 nectar points = 2.50 in Sainsburys and Teco vouchers are worth their stated amount.

I was in a predicament like this when I first came to the Uk.. went to the supermarket just before closing and bought loads of quiches for 25p each.. just froze them and had half a quiche each day and supplemented it with beans. not hugely appetising but filling. The worst was that I had to catch a bus to work (far too far to walk) when bus tickets were 1. I found out that I could get tickets for 80p if you only went so many stops... well, I know I was a bit sneaky but I paid the 80p but stayed on longer hoping the bus driver wouldn't notice! Got away with it for a week and the one day the driver stopped the bus and came down to me and queried why I had bought a 80p ticket but not gotten off!! Mortified... luckily it was my last day at the at job (temping) and I could walk to my next job.... served me right for being sneaky....

I wish you all the luck and if I thikn of anything I can do I'll let you know...

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Old 12-08-2009, 2:55 PM
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For work, try a cheap loaf of bread and a jar of value jam (used to do this myself a few years ago) - a little goes a long way,and it also gives you another toast topping...

If you are going to be doing all that walking toworkot let that take the place of your normal exercise regime until payday? Or at least some of it?

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Have you got a Boots card with any advantage points on it so you can get a cheap lunch?

Can you find any coupons in magazines or papers as Tesco will take them in aprt payment for your shopping even if you don't by the items - so even if you can get 10, 20 p off it all helps.

A bag of red lentils or similar with some of your spices could make a dahl which would be filling and cheap
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drink quite a lot of water so you wont feel hungry before you decide on what to cook thats free from the tap and put it in the fridge so its cold

the body is 80% water so you can live longer on just water than food.
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I wish you luck BiW....but whatever you do DONT get tempted by a Pay Day Loan ( or smilar )...they ruin peeps.

If you are in the countryside...go for a forage. Blackberrys are around and with this warm, wet weather mushrooms are out there too.
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Just remembered that I may have a loo roll and shampoo problem though. And I've been on the same razorblade for quite a while which isn't doing my legs much good (thank god it's not summery enough for shorts!)
You could splash out 40p on Tesco value toilet roll.. either that or 'acquire' some from work toilets etc Shampoo.. hmm can you get away with using shower gel instead for a couple of weeks (if you've got some)?
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