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    • c-m
    • By c-m 20th Apr 10, 9:27 AM
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    How best to spend 13.93 to live for a week?
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    • 20th Apr 10, 9:27 AM
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    How best to spend 13.93 to live for a week? 20th Apr 10 at 9:27 AM
    I have 13.93 to live off until payday this time next week.

    I have no food in my apartment apart from two tins of value kidney beans. That is it.

    How to spend the 13.93 to ensure i have enough food to for the week and so i have enough energy to get me through work?

    Thanks

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    Last edited by MSE Deborah; 27-04-2010 at 9:20 PM.
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    • Enterprise 1701C
    • By Enterprise 1701C 20th Apr 10, 9:40 AM
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    • 20th Apr 10, 9:40 AM
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    • 20th Apr 10, 9:40 AM
    How many meals a day do you need to provide for?
    What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare
    • chalkysoil
    • By chalkysoil 20th Apr 10, 9:47 AM
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    • 20th Apr 10, 9:47 AM
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    • 20th Apr 10, 9:47 AM
    pasta 90p a kilo
    cheap margerine

    what else have you got in the cupboard? Salt, ketchup...
    Last edited by chalkysoil; 20-04-2010 at 9:54 AM.
    • c-m
    • By c-m 20th Apr 10, 9:55 AM
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    • 20th Apr 10, 9:55 AM
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    • 20th Apr 10, 9:55 AM
    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?
  • solongmarianne
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    • 20th Apr 10, 10:03 AM
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    • 20th Apr 10, 10:03 AM
    cooked rice, add kidney beans and wack in some curry powder, ok it might notbe geat but it wil fill you up.

    shopping wise I would go as veggie as poss, go for the basics /economy/smartprice loaf 50p roughly , beans , eggs ect ect

    toast in the mornings

    beans on toast for lunch

    fried egg on toast for tea

    cheap pasta with pesto is also filling

    its difficult not knowing your style of eating/what you like.
    ect ect ect ect ect ect ooohhh the blood is boiling!
    2 little people who I love dearly and a excersise mad husband
    • chalkysoil
    • By chalkysoil 20th Apr 10, 10:07 AM
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    • 20th Apr 10, 10:07 AM
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    • 20th Apr 10, 10:07 AM
    bread is quite expensive unless you haunt the supermarkets at reduced to clear time.
    Porridge might be a better idea for breakfast.

    Onion is good value, tomatoes & mushrooms are dear for what they are. Tinned toms, baked beans are often on offer.
  • Mothership
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    • 20th Apr 10, 10:09 AM
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    • 20th Apr 10, 10:09 AM
    1 Pack of mince 1.50 (make a chilli with half & Bolognese with other half, same ingredients. Use 1 of your tins of beans for the chilli.
    1 Tin of tomatoes .39 (Value)

    Onions, mushrooms. pepper, tomatoes, lettuce, baking potatoes, carrot, chilli, garlic, ginger. 2.70( buy loose)

    Rice & Spaghetti 1 (Value)
    2 Loaves ( Farmfoods) 1 (or Value)
    Milk 1
    Eggs 69p (Omelette, boiled eggs for salad & sandwiches)

    Cheese 1.50 (Make cheese sauce for pasta & use for topping for baked potato, & sandwiches)

    Tin Tuna 69p Add chopped onion, oil salt & pepper tin kidney beans.

    Fried rice, garlic , ginger onion, mushroom, carrot. make omelette with 1 egg and add at last minute with soy sauce to rice.

    The above comes to 9.47

    If you don't have oil. butter. soy sauce etc, you should have around 4 left to get them & some breakfast cereal & a few tins of baked beans & spaghetti.

    If you need recipes PM me and I will send them 2 you.

    Stock up your cupboard with some of the above basics, they will stand you in good stead if this ever happens again.

    Good Luck!
  • solongmarianne
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    • 20th Apr 10, 10:12 AM
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    • 20th Apr 10, 10:12 AM
    if you have the time to go to the supermarkt a few times a week near closing time you can often find loaves for 10p packs ofbread rolls fo 10p ect .

    a loaf might be considered expensive but if having porridge/ oats your going to have to buy milk and sugar ??
    work out which is cheaper for you,
    ect ect ect ect ect ect ooohhh the blood is boiling!
    2 little people who I love dearly and a excersise mad husband
  • Mothership
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    • 20th Apr 10, 10:12 AM
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    • 20th Apr 10, 10:12 AM
    If you've got all those flavorings you can have a feast LOL. Try the fried rice ingredients with the super noodles.
    • c-m
    • By c-m 20th Apr 10, 10:20 AM
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    Hmm,

    I live next door to tesco, but can do to Lidl/Aldi.

    I was thinking getting the following:

    1.75 Lidl Nougat Pillow (750g) - these will last the week for breakfast
    1.50 mince beef - I can make a chilli and use the beans and rice i have - 3 meals
    0.50 two tins of chopped tomatoes
    2 frozen chopped onion / peppers - can use these for chilli and enough left over to make something else.
    1.50 - tofu, can use this with the onions, peppers and curry sauce to make a curry - 2/3 meals
    0.89 curry sauce
    0.50 - milk (not a big fan so 1 pint will last me the week for cerial


    Thats about 7
  • Mothership
    Sounds good!
  • creditcontroller
    Aldi do a tomatoe and herb pasta sauce at apx 39p which is fine. I keep it in my store cupboard.
    • sulkisu
    • By sulkisu 20th Apr 10, 2:21 PM
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    Porridge for breakfast. Oats are cheap - especially from a health food shop - and they are very filling. I make mine with water and milk.
  • Mothership
    It doesn't matter how you end up in a muddle , maybe illness or losing a job could put any one of us in the same position.
    The good thing about this site is there is always someone willing to help out.
    • littleyellowspider
    • By littleyellowspider 20th Apr 10, 2:57 PM
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    Prevention is better than the cure.

    I don't make the rules up!!
    • janiebaby29
    • By janiebaby29 20th Apr 10, 3:07 PM
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    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?
    Originally posted by littleyellowspider
    as a newbie posting , thats a bit rude
    anything can happen especially in this climate
    The original janiebaby
    • c-m
    • By c-m 20th Apr 10, 3:11 PM
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    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?
    Originally posted by littleyellowspider

    Lol.

    Its not really a situation. Its enough to survive on for 6/7 days just about, so i'm not too concerned. I was just asking to see what others might suggest buying.


    I was Ill in February and lost around 300 in lost earnings. My previous employer only paid stautory sick pay (the figure above takes that into acount too, so I actually lost more)

    That meant that I couldn't pay some bills in March.

    As such I had to pay them in April. And now with all my April and March bills covered I 13.93 left in my account.

    Oh add to that I changed jobs and my current salary gets paid in a little later in my new position.
    Last edited by c-m; 20-04-2010 at 3:13 PM.
    • littleyellowspider
    • By littleyellowspider 20th Apr 10, 3:14 PM
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    Indeed, anything can happen. However, what did happen?

    I'm willing to offer help, but will advising on how to eat for the next 7 days prevent the same thing occuring this time next month.

    As for being a newbie, I'm unsure of the relevance of this comment.
    • littleyellowspider
    • By littleyellowspider 20th Apr 10, 3:17 PM
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    Lol.

    Its not really a situation. Its enough to survive on for 6/7 days just about, so i'm not too concerned. I was just asking to see what others might suggest buying.


    I was Ill in February and lost around 300 in lost earnings. My previous employer only paid stautory sick pay (the figure above takes that into acount too, so I actually lost more)

    That meant that I couldn't pay some bills in March.

    As such I had to pay them in April. And now with all my April and March bills covered I 13.93 left in my account.

    Oh add to that I changed jobs and my current salary gets paid in a little later in my new position.
    Originally posted by c-m
    Brilliant. Now, 13.93 to play with.........

    You understand my query though, don't you? If this situation was self inflicted then I'd be less sympathetic.

    No rudeness was intended.
    • janiebaby29
    • By janiebaby29 20th Apr 10, 3:18 PM
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    Indeed, anything can happen. However, what did happen?

    I'm willing to offer help, but will advising on how to eat for the next 7 days prevent the same thing occuring this time next month.

    As for being a newbie, I'm unsure of the relevance of this comment.
    Originally posted by littleyellowspider
    the OP has just explained the reason why ,
    its called tact , my dear , something you do learn about on here
    The original janiebaby
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