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£7.00 per week - menu ideas

edited 17 June 2014 at 5:01PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • rosiebenrosieben Forumite
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    yes, don't be disheartened Butterfly Brain, the thread will be very useful to genuine OS'ers, there's already loads of good info and advice on here
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  • pennibpennib Forumite
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    Butterfly Brain; I've printed out your menu for my son who is finding things very hard at the moment. Thank you.
  • MalfioreMalfiore Forumite
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    Butterfly Brain your menu plan is brilliant and is incredibly useful for lots of people on here, even people who aren't in complete dire straits.

    I don't think the OP is genuine, the post is rude and there has been no follow up post requesting more info or to say thank you - if you were desperate you would check back for an answer, particularly if it was your first post.

    Sorry to be suspicious as well, but if I had nothing in my cupboards (really?) and I only had the very specific amount of £1 per day for 2 people, I would be incredibly grateful and thankful for the help, not make a comment about people here being 'up for a challenge', way too rude for a person apparently struggling. If I'm wrong then I'm wrong, but maybe a thank you would do some good here OP.
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  • mummybearxmummybearx Forumite
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    Well I'm printing out this menu for a friend of mine who is rather hard up atm, so if you do do a 2nd week menu Butterfly-Brain, I would love to read it :)

    And fwiw, my 41 year old sister has nothing in her cupboards apart from one tin of peas and several bars of chocolate :eek:. Also nothing at all in the fridge or freezer. She lives alone, doesn't cook at all, she eats lunch at work then snacks on chocolate all day. No evening meal unless she goes out with her bf or friends, same at the weekends. How she hasn't died from lack of nutrients/vitamins etc I will never know, but she says she feels healthy enough.
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  • PhGagePhGage Forumite
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    @ButterflyBrain and @Quintwins

    I've sent links to your posts to several people who need them as they are very practical stopgaps for people in financial straits. I admire your ingenuity.

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  • craigywvcraigywv Forumite
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    Hi, i agree BUTTERFLYBRAIN your menu plan is great and i sort of thought the person was a waster as she /it never replyied to ANY of the good ideas given, i know if i ask a question to the board i wait and thank people for their advice. Well i am going to take some of your meals from your plan and use them this week as im skint !!!!! so thank you very much one and all xxx
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  • Butterfly_BrainButterfly_Brain Forumite
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    Thank you all. You have restored my faith a little, but I am still stinging. I will work on the menu and post to anyone who has requested it by PM. Oh and johnnyboy you have been reported as spam :mad:
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  • quintwinsquintwins Forumite
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    BB don't take it to heart i know i read alot on here before i joined thats why i don't mind posting with no thanks as i know someone will be thankful somewhere. and we nearly always have frozen veg it reduces waste and aslong as you don't overcook it tastes the same, i only buy fresh if it's reduced or on offer

    btw nothing wrong with abit of fried spam from time to time :)
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  • rozmisterrozmister Forumite
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    Butterfly Brain I was really impressed with your menu!

    I'm really lucky that although I'm penniless right now I built up a strong store cupboard just in case so I'm just eating that at the moment.

    One thing I have now to try and get me in my five a day is basic tinned fruit. I get the peaches from sainsburys (Basics) which are 31p a tin. They're in juice (that my housemate drinks because I don't like juice) so they're not dripping in syrup or anything.

    Another good one is the Aldi 39p Super Six which sometimes has fruit in it. I had nectarines from that last week and they were so gorgeous! Nicer than some much more expensive supermarket brands.

    I know choices like this would ate a pound or two to the budget over the week but I think it's really worth it for the health benefits of eating a decent amount of fruit and veg :)
  • lilian1977lilian1977 Forumite
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    Butterfly Brain and all the other wonderful OS posters - please don't feel disheartened by this thread, the help you give everyone is so so useful, I just wish I was as resourceful as you!

    Keep it up :) xx

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