Can you live on £10 a week? Day 1
It is only Tuesday and I’ve already had problems with this – a highly embarrassing situation at the supermarket till for one!
First, thank you for all your suggestions. There have also been lots of text messages into 5 live Breakfast too. I decided to go with the whole chicken option. Many people said to cook this on day one and then use it for various meals across the week.
I had a shopping list of consisting of potatoes, fresh veg, fruit, baked beans, a loaf of wholemeal bread, sliced cooked ham, and porridge. I ended up working until late in the evening yesterday and so the supermarket which I like near my house had closed. I know this is the cheapest place for fruit and veg, so I was gutted.
I had to go to another supermarket instead and began to shop from my list. I stayed well clear of the crisps and biscuits aisle (which I was very proud of myself for!) and managed to get a whole chicken for £2.85, which I thought was a good price.
The reduced counter was useless as items weren’t reduced enough for my budget, or they were unhelpful for what I was trying to do. Bailey’s flavour cream reduced to 20p is great, but I’m not sure it would be the most useful way to spend my money…
I managed to get most things from my list, and at a good price…the wholemeal loaf was 47p and the ham was 61p for 10 slices, so that’s sandwiches for my lunch sorted. The problem was with the fruit and veg; I picked up just a few items as I knew I could get them cheaper elsewhere, but I thought I would at least try and get a couple of days’ worth.
As I got to the self-check-out till I saw the amount going higher and higher as I bleeped the items through. I suddenly decided that I couldn’t spend so much money on one apple or one banana, knowing that I could get them cheaper at the other supermarket when it opened.
I had to rather embarrassingly ask the assistant if I could put my fruit and veg back. They were very nice about it and even offered to do it for me.
So, with a bit of a red face, I went home and tried to cook myself some sort of evening meal. I went for a jacket potato - the only one I bought - with baked beans. It had got late and I didn’t have time to cook the whole chicken. I will do that today….and also go and buy some potatoes, fruit and veg with the £3.73 that I have left.
I’ve also decided that I don’t like porridge made without milk, which is bad considering that’s my breakfast for the rest of the week.
So, I have a whole chicken and £3.73. I need to make some evening meals with it. I will look again at your earlier suggestions. Any others would be great.
Michelle Dignan is a reporter for 5 live Breakfast and 5 live Travel