I started out earlier wondering how someone can manage from scratch with £12 for the next 7 days.
Imagine that just before Christmas you left your abusive partner and found temporary accommodation for you and your 2 kids under 5. You left in a hurry with the clothes on your back and a very small amount of money to get through Christmas and into January.
You are now very very short of money (just like many people at this time of the year). Your cupboards are empty and you have £12 to feed yourself and your 2 kids for the next 7 days. You can’t ask for help of friends and family, you’re completely alone.
You have no back up provisions apart from 1 packet of spaghetti, 1 toilet roll and 1 tin of tomatoes. Here is your shopping list:
500 gm minced beef
12 fish fingers
1 kg potatoes
500 gms Onions
2 loaves of bread
Child cough medicine
4 toilet rolls
1 surface cleaner
You get to the check out and you are over by £3.50. What will you leave behind.
I asked my friends on Facebook…the majority leaving out the cleaner and the cough medicine. So having established that, what will be your meal plans for the next 7 days? I’ve done one…it’s tough.
|Breakfast||Dry toast 2 slices each||Dry toast 2 slices each||Dry toast 2 slices each||Dry toast 2 slices each||Dry toast 2 slices each||Last 2 eggs Eggy Bread 3 slices|
|Midday||Spag Bol using 1/2 mince & half||2 Onion soup + 2 potatoes||3 sausages, mash, 1/4 cabbage||2 carrots for soup + 1 potato||Cabbage soup with 1/2 cab||Cabbage soup|
|1/2 tin toms and one onion||for thickening||No seasoning.||No seasoning|
|no seasoning||No seasoning||No gravy, no seasoning|
|Early evening||Omellete 2 eggs 3 slices of toast||2 sausages for 3 sandwiches||3 potatoes make chips||2 eggs for eggy bread 3 slices||Fishfingers 2 each & chips||Fishfinger sandwiches 6 slices|
|Omlette divided for 3. no spread||No spread/seasoning||No seasoning||No seasoning||No seasoning||No seasoning/spread|
I am still working on Sunday main meal. Cottage Pie with the last 250 grams of the mince, last of the pots, onion (probably no onion left now) and the carrot. Plus some cabbage. No season, no gravy apart from that made with the tinned tom and water.