Suggestions for Living on A Very Small Budget

sairy2005 Forumite Posts: 124 Forumite
Have been trying to add this to the thread for living on less than £15 for food for a week but cannot find it.
These suggestions are taken from Shirley Goodes website which is an excellent money saving site so they are not mine but whe has given permission for them to be used.

Firstly I would start with breakfast. This would HAVE to be porridge (58p for 1kg), as this is very nourishing and also extremely cheap. The milk bought for the week would be (reconstituted) dried milk (£1.91 for 454g).
On alternative days would serve toast (50p an 800g loaf) with poached or scrambled eggs (15 eggs for £1 45p) . Another day could be bacon (99p for 275 pack) and eggs with fried bread. With a couple of cans of beans in the lady's larder, beans on toast - or even egg on beans on toast is another option.
The eggs, together with the bread and milk, would make a bread pudding. Also - with some vegetables and bacon - make a Spanish omelette or tortilla.
So far - £5.43p spent.

My choice of vegetables would be: carrots (45p a kg pack); a portion of white cabbage (31p for 454g); a pack of diced onion (50p for 275p); pack of frozen peas (76p); canned potatoes 28p.
Any money left over could go towards celery, salads, tomatoes or whatever was 'reduced/worth buying'.
Veg. total: £2.30p - total spent now £7.73.

It is at this point we need to work out what would actually be used of the above. Probably all the bread, but only a quarter (if that) of the porridge oats. Maybe not all the dried milk, and certainly less than half the eggs and bacon. Definitely peas, carrots and cabbage would last more than one week - probably three.

Meat to fit into the above 'budget' is more a matter of personal choice, and the amount we can buy is related to the money left in the budget (approx £6), although this amount can vary according to whether we choose to work out the cost of a week's meals by the amount that is actually used, or work out the total expenditure and not use all the food. The first suggestion 'frees' more money to be spent, so I give a small selection of meats - as with this we cannot be too selective (chops are out) and zoom in only for those that appear to give the most for our money. But as we already have animal protein by way of milk, eggs and bacon, we are hardly in need of too much more. Many are 'value packs' and usually have as much nutrition as the more expensive, but not the quality.
A 2kg bag of chicken portions can be bought for £2.79p; a 225g tub of chicken livers for 40p; a 900g pack of minced lamb for £1.99p. Some of these could also last longer than a week.

Hope this helps.

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