£11 worth of food for 2 people for 4 days?

Steven

Senior Moderator
Possibly achievable assuming you can cook. You could buy frozen or canned prepared food but I would be against that on the basis high salt and sugar content will give your body cravings

A bag of uncooked supermarket own-brand rice or pasta should last a few days for example and then buy cheap again like frozen veg

Or go completely student and eat nothing but instant noodles for four days. Go to an asian supermarket for the cheap and good stuff (albeit no worthwhile nutritional value), bachelors noodles for 80p a pop is quite expensive
 

GBDG1

Distinguished Member
£11 for 4 days was a luxury shopping budget when I was a student!

Breakfast - Porridge - Tesco 550g porridge oats - 1 x £0.55
Sultanas - £0.60

Lunch - Sandwich
Tesco Every day value loaf - 1 x £0.47 (you can swap this for value pitta if you like £0.20 per pack of 6)
Filling: Tuna (tesco value) 185g - 4 x £0.54 = £2.08
Sweetcorn 3 x £0.33 = £0.99

Dinner
Tesco Every day value Spagetti - 500g 3 x £0.24 = £0.72
Sardines in tomato - 3 x £0.42 = £1.26
Tomato Passata - 3 x £0.29 = £0.87
Tinned Peas - 3 x £0.14 = £0.42

Snacks
4 pint full fat milk (for calories) £1.14
Value chicken noodles 8 x £0.11 = £0.88
Tesco delight - 2 x £0.35 = £0.70

Total: £10.68

Probably a much healthier diet than 99% of people as well! Plenty of protein, good fats and even managed to get in some veg.
 
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shodan

Distinguished Member
Is it meant to be for 4 adults or two adults + 2 kids? is it only 4 dinners or are you expecting breakfast from it too?
 

aVdub

Distinguished Member
If money is tight then take from the land. Plenty of free rabbit, mushroom, berries and seafood etc etc etc around.

Use the £11 to buy bread.
 

IronGiant

Moderator
£11 for 4 days was a luxury shopping budget when I was a student!

Breakfast - Porridge - Tesco 550g porridge oats - 1 x £0.55
Sultanas - £0.60

Lunch - Sandwich
Tesco Every day value loaf - 1 x £0.47 (you can swap this for value pitta if you like £0.20 per pack of 6)
Filling: Tuna (tesco value) 185g - 4 x £0.54 = £2.08
Sweetcorn 3 x £0.33 = £0.99

Dinner
Tesco Every day value Spagetti - 500g 3 x £0.24 = £0.72
Sardines in tomato - 3 x £0.42 = £1.26
Tomato Passata - 3 x £0.29 = £0.87
Tinned Peas - 3 x £0.14 = £0.42

Snacks
4 pint full fat milk (for calories) £1.14
Value chicken noodles 8 x £0.11 = £0.88
Tesco delight - 2 x £0.35 = £0.70

Total: £10.68

Probably a much healthier diet than 99% of people as well! Plenty of protein, good fats and even managed to get in some veg.
I would swap out your tinned veg for frozen:

frozen peas £1.00 for a kilo
frozen sweetcorn £1.00 for 907g

Tesco delight :eek: how about a couple of apples :)

You can easily pick a few pounds of blackberries for nothing at the moment :thumbsup:
 

campy mccamper

Well-known Member
If you dont mind fighting your way through hordes of angry middle aged women, you could try the reduced aisle at the supermarket.
 

Piscauk

Well-known Member
One word. ASDA. Tins of potatoes (30p), custard (17p), pitta bread (20p), block of cheese for luxury, things of this nature. If you want meat, get turkey. Just cook in slower and slightly longer. Or make kebabs with it, its about £2.50 for 600 odd grams, alot cheaper than other meats.
 

IronGiant

Moderator
Thanks Chadford, the guys in the Fitness forum have been discussing the same thing for a while and I thought they were taking about a Panorama program.

Edit: title of the thread was BBC Panorama, but it was the Horizon program that was linked to :suicide:

Sorry :)
 
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malk

Well-known Member
If you dont mind fighting your way through hordes of angry middle aged women, you could try the reduced aisle at the supermarket.
LOL,i saw one bloke in Asda,the other day,he was a shelf stacker,trying,to fill the reduced shelf,he was swarmed by loads of old ladies....made me giggle,he was getting right stressed,all asking him about the reductions!!
Sorry,back on topic....

Rice and beans...get a cheap german sausage to flavour when cooking the beans in a pressure cooker,dont use all of it.
And maybe some mince beef,?.
Or,a big tin of toms,garlic(cheap),mince beef,cheap pasta,cheap veg,=pasta bolognaise,

Or,hit the skips round the back of smaller supermarkets??
 

cornish

Novice Member
it depends on what you already have in your cupboard/fridge......

look at various vegetables for a start. they keep for a week easily. pulses, well they keep for a lot longer and require a little preparation. your best bet is to make things that have a water based sauce with some kind of stock. roasted potatoes in a soup with some carrots and peas will be highly edible. some stock cubes will help with flavour.

£11 is not much to play with for 4 days, assuming you have some useful ingredients in the cupboard already, £11 to to breakfast, lunch and dinner is asking a lot.

don't forget everyone, that to have breakfast cereal it uses a lot of milk, unless you are willing to forgo tea/coffee through the duration. id stick with toast for breakfast with some marmite or jam if already in the cupboard.

do you risk buying a whole chicken and boiling it? save the water as stock, strip the chicken and roast the bones, then reboil in the stock for added flavour, and sparingly use the chicken over the 4 days with whatever vegetables you have bought?

all of this is hypothetical, depending on what is already available. yet in this day and age, cooking is a forgotton tradition, and basic foodstuffs do not exist in a lot of cupboards.
 

cornish

Novice Member
LOL,i saw one bloke in Asda,the other day,he was a shelf stacker,trying,to fill the reduced shelf,he was swarmed by loads of old ladies....made me giggle,he was getting right stressed,all asking him about the reductions!!
Sorry,back on topic....

Rice and beans...get a cheap german sausage to flavour when cooking the beans in a pressure cooker,dont use all of it.
And maybe some mince beef,?.
Or,a big tin of toms,garlic(cheap),mince beef,cheap pasta,cheap veg,=pasta bolognaise,

Or,hit the skips round the back of smaller supermarkets??
do you know how much minced beef is??? and for what you get it is bad value on a strict budget! not everyone has a pressure cooker i don't, never had the need. i did have a base of a pressure cooker which was good for making confectionary.

you could make a pasta soup with onions garlic cheap tin tomatoes chopped with perhaps some cheap bacon but don't forget pasta does not taste very nice after it has been cooked in a soup and re heated for the third time.

some of us are probably use to spending £90 week on just food for two, but obviously you need to have some cooking skills to live on £11 for 4 days, it can be done but it isn't much fun.
 

rousetafarian

Moderator
I have just been informed that Waitrose has just received my wife's online order for the household weekly food shop....and it ain't pretty.
 

rousetafarian

Moderator
Point taken, and quite amusing but wholly inaccurate...I meant the bill, and no she doesn't have a face like a duck. ;)
 

Phil57

Well-known Member
it depends on what you already have in your cupboard/fridge......

look at various vegetables for a start. they keep for a week easily. pulses, well they keep for a lot longer and require a little preparation. your best bet is to make things that have a water based sauce with some kind of stock. roasted potatoes in a soup with some carrots and peas will be highly edible. some stock cubes will help with flavour.

£11 is not much to play with for 4 days, assuming you have some useful ingredients in the cupboard already, £11 to to breakfast, lunch and dinner is asking a lot.

don't forget everyone, that to have breakfast cereal it uses a lot of milk, unless you are willing to forgo tea/coffee through the duration. id stick with toast for breakfast with some marmite or jam if already in the cupboard.

do you risk buying a whole chicken and boiling it? save the water as stock, strip the chicken and roast the bones, then reboil in the stock for added flavour, and sparingly use the chicken over the 4 days with whatever vegetables you have bought?

all of this is hypothetical, depending on what is already available. yet in this day and age, cooking is a forgotton tradition, and basic foodstuffs do not exist in a lot of cupboards.
£11 was the question, not plus whatever is in the cupboard, the cupboard could have all manner of goodies inside.;)
 

IronGiant

Moderator
Is this £11 for 4 days until payday?

or £11 every 4 days for the foreseeable future?
 

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