How best to spend £13.93 to live for a week?

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  • Fire_Fox
    Fire_Fox Posts: 26,026 Forumite
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    edited 21 April 2010 at 10:53PM
    c-m wrote: »
    Need to provide for just myself for 6/7 days. All meals. I generally eat something like a pain au chocolat inthe morning (guess i won't now), I go home for lunch on workdays and then one meal in the evening.

    I have the folowing:

    2 tins red kidney beans
    2 packs of supernoodles (just remembered these)
    Rice (300g)
    Salt
    Black pepper
    Curry power
    MSG
    Ginger powder
    Crushed carlic
    Crushed chilli
    Mayo
    BBQ sauce
    Soy sauce
    Cayenne pepper

    Can you turn these into something tastey?

    Mixed bean curry = £1.66 for three meals and loads of onions left
    SP onions 74p
    Tin of chickpeas 33p
    Tin of SP tomatoes 31p
    KTC creamed coconut 28p
    Your curry powder
    Can of your kidney beans
    Your rice

    Chilli con carne = £2.05 for three meals and loads of corn left
    Smartprice frozen mince 87p
    Tin of SP tomatoes 31p
    Can of your kidney beans
    Bag of SP frozen corn 87p
    Your garlic and chilli
    onions leftover from curry
    Your rice

    Chicken stir fry = £2.30 for two meals and loads of chicken left
    SP chicken legs £1.80
    SP stir fry veg 350g 50p
    Frozen corn leftover from chilli
    Your supernoodles
    Your ginger/ garlic/ soy

    Chicken and sweetcorn in white sauce with jacket potato = £1.03 for two meals
    Leftover chicken legs
    Leftover sweetcorn
    Leftover onions
    Can of Batchelors condensed soup 53p
    1kg SP potatoes 50p

    £5.38 for ten evening meals. :beer:

    For lunches have
    - jacket potato with SP baked beans (29p)
    - jacket potato with tinned pilchards in tomato sauce and chopped onion (83p will do three days)
    - jacket potato with bacon (SP cooking £1.13) and sweetcorn in your mayonnaise.
    If you fancy a change have chilli con carne with jacket potato and have pilchards in tomato sauce with rice. :rotfl:

    A total of £2.25 for lunches. :beer:

    For breakfast have porridge (58p), milk (4 pints £1.53) and SP raisins (65p). Or at the weekend leftover bacon, SP eggs (91p), homemade potato and onion rosti (like hash browns :D), SP baked beans (29p) and SP ketchup (34p).

    A total of £4.28 for brekkie, all meals together £11.91 :beer: Enough left for a bag of SP apples (67p).
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  • Lisaberry
    Lisaberry Posts: 823 Forumite
    One of my husbands favourite dinners (although lacking probably any nutrients) is some value pasta mixed with value baked beans and value sausages!

    It was a weekly 'feast' in my uni days!

    I always think of big brother with their £1 per person per day budget - and they still make room for tobacco and booze!
    If my words are missing letters then please excuse me....my keyboard is a tad dodgy!!
  • blossom30
    blossom30 Posts: 691 Forumite
    Hi C-M with most of your ingredients you could make a big pot of minestrone soup that would keep you going for a few days. You can sometimes pick up celery at the end of the day in the supermarket for cheap as chips and the kidney beans could be used in the soup instead of barlotti beans. I use the wee leaves from the celery stalks as they give added flavour to your soup. I also use the 40p carton of passata from Tesco as a base for my soup. I think we could all go back to basics when it comes to cooking meals and we probably would save a fortune. good luck shrewdal
  • wssla00
    wssla00 Posts: 1,875 Forumite
    There is loads of info on small budgets and food on the OS forum

    here are some:

    £40 to feed a family for a month
    How to survive on little food and a little money
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  • ampafc
    ampafc Posts: 614 Forumite
    Let me get this right. You joined this forum in August 2006 and haven't learned enough to prevent yourself getting in this situation in the first place?

    How did you manage to get into this muddle?

    Why did you feel the need to post this? No need to be so offensive, imo.
    Getting married to a wonderful lady on August 10, 2012.

    Need to save up, lose weight, reduce my money worries and get back to being the real me! :j
  • MellyB_2
    MellyB_2 Posts: 262 Forumite
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    wssla00 wrote: »
    There is loads of info on small budgets and food on the OS forum

    here are some:

    £40 to feed a family for a month
    How to survive on little food and a little money

    I've read the mBaz thread (£40 for a month) and I think it's become legendary now! It became a bit addictive - brilliant ideas from everyone though...:D
  • HI there is a web called supercook.com dont know if i am allowed to put that here. enter in what you in your cupboards and it generates meals for you please delte this if i shouldnt have put the web name.helped me out a few times i can tell you x
    mum "e" to the most perfect girl :Awho stood by me through it all nana to my beautiful grandson WLM 27.09.13:j
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  • kiwi07
    kiwi07 Posts: 1,691 Forumite
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    edited 22 April 2010 at 6:27PM
    merlin68 wrote: »
    Me too I have a freezer full of reduced items, then every week I do a big order from approved foods and food bargains. I could live out of my house for about a year. I am having to poke food in the most strange places. lol

    I like this thread about food bargains!! Questions for you: What is the "Approved foods and food bargains"? is it special online shopping site? Thanks:rotfl:
  • wssla00
    wssla00 Posts: 1,875 Forumite
    approved food http://www.approvedfood.co.uk/
    Food bargains http://www.foodbargains.co.uk/

    Both sell things either short date or after the best before. Pretty good value
    Feb GC: £200 Spent: £190.79
  • kiwi07
    kiwi07 Posts: 1,691 Forumite
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    wssla00 wrote: »
    approved food http://www.approvedfood.co.uk/
    Food bargains http://www.foodbargains.co.uk/

    Both sell things either short date or after the best before. Pretty good value

    thanks:rotfl:
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