IN A world where we can sometimes feel like there’s very little kindness around, it’s heart-warming to see people rally round to help someone in need.
A woman who only had £10 to last her five days took to Facebook to ask if anyone could help her plan her meals so she could afford a week’s food, and the response she got was overwhelming.
The woman took to Facebook for help making £10 stretch for her weekly food shop[/caption]
The post received more than 400 comments with help and suggestions for how the woman could make her tenner stretch.
The original message said: “Hello! I’ve got £10 until Friday, what easy food can I get to last?
“Just me to worry about, no kids and the bills and outgoings are all accounted for. I know I can make it last, but no idea how. Nearest supermarket is Tesco.”
In response people flocked to help her out, with several providing the woman with exact shopping lists and meal plans that would see her through.
Meal plan suggestion 1
Tesco cooking bacon 75p for 500gms
Cheap spaghetti (25/30p)
Half dozen eggs (80p)
Couple of onions (20p)
Packet of cheap cheese (1.80 for 400gms)
Couple of potatoes (50p)
Small milk or long life carton skimmed their own brand (about 50p)
Total: About £5 cost
1 meal of bacon omelet (2,eggs)
1 meal of carbonara made with 2 eggs, bacon, cheese and onion (use the pasta water instead of cream)
Add Couple of potatoes, tin of baked beans (30p)
Some of the cheese for a meal of baked potatoes (can add a bit of the bacon as 500gms is enough for 4 meals for an individual)
Use the other 2 eggs to make scrambled eggs or poached eggs for 2 breakfasts, or make breakfast muffins (use what ever veg or buy their mixed frozen veg at about £1 a packet). You have, cut fine, whisk up eggs, a bit of milk if you have, put the veg in a cup cake tin, add the egg mix, add some grated cheese on top and bake.
One woman suggested a combination of eight items should provide her with enough ingredients for; a bacon omelet, a pasta carbonara, scrambled eggs, and baked potatoes with beans.
In addition she suggested a few other money saving tips.
The helpful commenter said: “Make pancakes, the thick ones if you have flour and milk.
“Or thin ones for an evening meal with cheese and fried onion for a savoury flavour.
“Also bread and marg, grated cheese sandwiches for lunch, or buy the sandwich spreads.
“Finally also cheap penne and a tin of soup (I use mushroom and chicken flavour at 45p a tin) grated cheese and onion, makes a nice pasta bake.”
Pack of dried spaghetti
Jar of Pasta sauce
4 jacket potatoes
Tin baked beans
Buy a few veg ( 1 carrot) loose
Bolognese on jacket potato
Jacket and beans
Sausage mash and beans
Toast for brekky
Ham butty for lunch
But this wasn’t the only menu suggested for the woman.
Another woman suggested a full menu that would cost just £6.57 and the woman predicted that she would be left with food for the following week too.
While one kind woman even offered to swing by and bring her some food.
She said: “Where are you from? If you live close to me I could drop you off some food?”
And another suggested using Food Bank, explaining that that is what the service is for.
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