Please Help! I've Only Got £15 To Last A Fortnight.



  • lauren_1
    lauren_1 Forumite Posts: 2,067
    I've been Money Tipped!
    lostfarmer wrote: »
    OK, this is completely do-able... don't panic!

    Pasta is your new best friend. Pasta, passata, onions, cheese (large blocks about 2.50 from aldi) and hot dogs or anything similar meat wise. Tins of sweetcorn. This = a tasty pasta bake for next to nothing.

    Invest in a block of butter and a loaf of smart price or similar bread- keep in fridge and it will last for ages for toast etc.

    Smart price / economy noodles- 9p a packet- add any veg you have to hand for flavour.

    OK, so maybe not a 5 a day job but you'll live for a couple of weeks!

    Good luck!

    Divide up the bread in to sandwich bags of 2/3 slices, then freeze and take out a bag each morning and put straight in to the toaster. :D
  • KittyKate
    KittyKate Forumite Posts: 1,606 Forumite
    £15 sounds like nothing OP but really, it's not about the money it's about how you spend it.

    From Tesco I'd get the white label stuff, most of it is really nice - I'd get tins of mushy peas, tomatoes and at least two bags of the 33p instant mash, it's very filling and it tastes nice too.

    I'd get some value bread to freeze and some mince as well.

    Lidl is amazing for eating on a budget. I would buy the following:

    Tins of peas, carrots, potatoes and mushrooms.
    Big bag of pasta
    Big bag of rice
    Bag of mixed cheese - it's all sorts but it's cheap and it's nice!
    Pk 3 pies at £1.50 - with the Mr Ts mushy peas and mash you can make 3 meals.
    Loads of instant noodles, a perfect snack.
    They usually do very cheap bags of veg, last time I was in it was carrots and parsnips at 29p a bag. I made enough soup to last 3 days!! When it was corn on the cob at 14p a go, I bought ten and cooked and froze them.
    Lidl also do 8 fresh (in vacuum pack, not tin) smoked hot dogs for about £1.20, they're gorgeous, 1 chopped up in pasta with cheese and toms is a great meal so they'll last you days. I know value hot dogs are cheaper but these are larger and much much nicer.
    I'd get a few tins cheap tuna for tuna-pasta-sweetcorn dishes. If you don't have mayo, borrow some from a cafe ;) 2 sachets will do for a bowl of pasta :D

    I reckon you could eat quite well for £15 - OK not 5 a day but you certainly won't starve, and you'll be able to still eat veggies and meat and have some variety.
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