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>> No. 10056 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 12:37 am
10056 Meals on a budget
Due to stupidity I have £80 to last me the next 3 weeks. Assuming I could spend it all on food what should I do with it? Is it even possible for one fat bloke to make such a small amount of money go so far?

Rice with a squirt of ketchup is filling and surprisingly unhorrible but I think I'd go crazy eating nothing but that for the best part of a month. Frozen chicken in breadcrumbs is nice once or twice a week, and relatively cheap(ish) but again, I would probably commit suicide if I had to eat it everyday.

I know how to cook egg fried rice from scratch which has, as far as i'm aware, the best flavour-to-cost ratio of any meal in existence but again I wouldn't like to eat it day after day for such a long time.
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>> No. 10058 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 12:47 am
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That's just shy of £4 a day mate, you could practically live on Mcdonalds at that point. Even if for some reason you limited yourself to canned food and bread that's still easily achievable.

If you want advice, I'd say get into making stirfried veg and rice. Vegetables go a long way if you're making stirfry, they are good for you, and with a bit of soy sauce it's a pretty tasty dish too, even by fat bastard standards like mine. Also, get into the habit of visiting a supermarket just before closing, you'll be amazed at what you can get for pennies.

Relax. Your budget is more than sufficient to last you, for food at least.
>> No. 10059 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 12:50 am
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>>10056

>£80 to last me the next 3 weeks

You cunt. You utter, fuckwitted, self-entitled cunt.

Go for takeaway pizza until you run out of cash and then starve to death. Fuck you.

Sage checked for having had to live on less than four quid a week.
>> No. 10060 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 1:07 am
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>>10059
This is /nom/, please be nicer.
>> No. 10061 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 1:54 am
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>>10059
Come on, calm down, some people don't know how good they have it, that's not their fault.
>> No. 10062 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 1:56 am
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Try these recipes OP.

http://eatwellspendless.co.nr/
>> No. 10063 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 3:42 am
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And try these OP, they are delicious and absurdly cheap: http://agirlcalledjack.com/tag/recipes/
>> No. 10064 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 3:57 am
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Jesus Christ. I have never been this angry. My monthly shopping costs less than £80. What the hell do you buy?
>> No. 10065 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 6:39 am
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>>10059
>>10064

>Assuming I could spend it all on food

He may have other costs to factor in as well, you raging bloody Bolshies.
>> No. 10066 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 11:17 am
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You can have a very varied diet spending just £25 every two weeks in the likes of Lidl, which includes lots of fruit and veg.
>> No. 10067 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 11:44 am
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>>10058
>you could practically live on Mcdonalds
>> No. 10068 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 1:46 pm
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Still one of the most inventive budget food blogs I've come across:

http://agirlcalledjack.com/category/recipes-food-etc/
>> No. 10069 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 4:27 pm
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>>10067
It wasn't meant as a suggestion.
>> No. 10072 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 5:59 pm
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>>10067
http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/fat-head/
>> No. 10073 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 6:55 pm
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>>10072

I'll concede that he has a fair knowledge of nutrition, but within the first few minutes he manages to ignore budget constraints and how people on low incomes will drift to cheap, high calorie foods. When you combine that with the total market dominance of fast food chains, the availability, and a lifetime of exposure to advertising paid for in the billions, it really doesn't seem just to put it down to free will.

And if BMI or the term 'obesity' isn't a good enough indicator for him, what about heart disease or illnesses related to weight?

I don't really have much love for the original 'Supersize Me' documentary, but I don't think its criticism was misdirected at all. At worst it's heavy-handed, but definitely not misdirected.
>> No. 10074 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 9:09 pm
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>>10073
>Healthy eating is expensive.

No.

That's as far as this discussion will go.
>> No. 10075 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 9:17 pm
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>>10074
>how people on low incomes will drift to cheap, high calorie foods

I think in the quote above >>10073 was attempting to address the effects of low income-related mental health problems on diet, and why David Cameron's energetic attempts at home breadmaking are more likely to be replaced in most people unfortunate enough to experience poverty by treating yourself to a bag of chips with kebab meat after being ground down by benefit sanctions, the cost of bare survival and precarious housing.
>> No. 10076 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 9:25 pm
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>>10075
So you get a kebab? What?
>> No. 10077 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 10:32 pm
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>>10076
See research on the neurobiology of pleasure, on reduced repertoires of behaviour and on the effects of poverty on mental health. Nobody is arguing that it is expensive to eat healthily, A Girl Called Jack's blog proves that it isn't. Sadly increasing numbers of poor people in the UK lack her admirable and youthful indomitability of spirit. You could also point to the stories on food banks handing cans to people which can't be eaten because they have no cooking facilities. Sage before I get properly annoyed and point out the public footpath through the grounds of Lord David Freud's Kent home.
>> No. 10078 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 10:41 pm
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>>10077
>Sage before I get properly annoyed and point out the public footpath through the grounds of Lord David Freud's Kent home.
Afraid that one's a myth, old chap.
>> No. 10079 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 10:47 pm
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>>10078
Oh well, I'm sure some TATP aimed well from a mortar pipe in the adjacent churchyard will suffice in lieu of a face-to-face.
>> No. 10080 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 11:09 pm
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>>10078
Eastry Church to Long Drive, via Brook Farm Oast House.
>> No. 10082 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 11:25 pm
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>>10080
Which, as I'm sure you'd know had you bothered to look at a map, doesn't take you across his grounds.
>> No. 10083 Anonymous
1st November 2013
Friday 11:26 pm
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>>10081
Pipe bomb it is then. GCHQlad, this is satire btw

Funny message Jane McAdam (Lucian's daughter) is trying to convey by making gift sculptures for him of people who were murdered in that house. You can almost hear the wooosh going over his head - http://www.24housing.co.uk/feature/freud-couch
>> No. 10085 Anonymous
2nd November 2013
Saturday 10:31 am
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A lettuce can be as cheap as a packet of crisps, but no-one is advertising lettuces on the telly.
>> No. 10086 Anonymous
2nd November 2013
Saturday 12:28 pm
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>>10085
https://www.youtube.com/user/FloretteUK
>> No. 10087 Anonymous
2nd November 2013
Saturday 12:58 pm
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A kippers costs only about a pound, that alone makes a pretty good meal.
>> No. 10088 Anonymous
2nd November 2013
Saturday 12:58 pm
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>>10087
kipper*
>> No. 10089 Anonymous
2nd November 2013
Saturday 11:57 pm
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If you can find dehydrated soya mince, it can work as the basis of many a meal and a bag of that for about a quid will make 10s of portions. Rehydrate it with cheap cartons of passata.

Meal suggestions for kitchen-incompetents:
spag bol
chili con carne
cottagers pie
mincing curry
>> No. 10090 Anonymous
3rd November 2013
Sunday 12:10 am
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>>10056

Cunt don't know shit.

(A good day to you Sir!)
>> No. 10091 Anonymous
3rd November 2013
Sunday 7:20 am
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>>10089
>cottagers pie

I'm not sure that getting pozzed is the answer.
>> No. 10092 Anonymous
3rd November 2013
Sunday 7:40 am
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>>10091

Does pie no longer filter to "poo"? I was going to suggest he eats a shepherd's poo.
>> No. 10094 Anonymous
3rd November 2013
Sunday 7:46 am
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>>10092
>>/b/363366

apparently the wordfilter is on /b/ and not here.
>> No. 10095 Anonymous
3rd November 2013
Sunday 7:48 am
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>>10091

"Mincing curry" sounds a bit camp too, unless that was intentional.
>> No. 10096 Anonymous
3rd November 2013
Sunday 7:56 am
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>>10056

Pasta is inexpensive and filling.

You can bulk up those value noodles with
-kale/lentils &
-tomatoes/peppers/mushrooms &
-cheese/tofu &
-corned beef/ham/cashew nuts
>> No. 10097 Anonymous
3rd November 2013
Sunday 7:57 am
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>>10096

I meant pick something off each of those lines if that wasn't clear.
>> No. 10098 Anonymous
3rd November 2013
Sunday 3:14 pm
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Personally I find pasta bakes, mince beef bolognaises and casseroles work out as the best value for time/money since you can make enough for 3-4 portions at a time and refrigerate the rest for another day, plus all of these things can be bulked up with more veg, lentils and whatever herbs/spices you fancy.
>> No. 10099 Anonymous
3rd November 2013
Sunday 6:40 pm
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>>10098
It's fine if you don't mind eating the same thing all week.
>> No. 10100 Anonymous
3rd November 2013
Sunday 6:42 pm
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>>10099
How did you manage to read "for another day" as "for all remaining meals in the week"?
>> No. 10101 Anonymous
3rd November 2013
Sunday 7:00 pm
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>>10100
Mostly from the fact that there's another three portions in the fridge that will keep there for about another three days.
>> No. 10102 Anonymous
3rd November 2013
Sunday 7:51 pm
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>>10101

Not him and not to take this too far off topic, but uncooked meat will often last for more than three days. I'm pretty sure well refrigerated cooked meals will last a bit longer than that.

Also, if OP has a freezer then he can freeze portions and just bung them in the microwave whenever (works a treat).

And anyway "beggars can't be choosers". Lump it.
>> No. 10103 Anonymous
3rd November 2013
Sunday 8:26 pm
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>>10100
If you're in such a shitty position that you are budgeting individual meals then you really shouldn't complain about something like that. It's still good food.
>> No. 10104 Anonymous
3rd November 2013
Sunday 8:42 pm
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>>10103
Exactly.

I'm a studentlad; I make up a big serving of a meal (carbonara/pasta with pesto + vegetables and pork/etc) and then shove that in tupperware, feeds me for that day and the 2-3 days after without having to cook on those days either. It's great.
>> No. 10105 Anonymous
3rd November 2013
Sunday 9:05 pm
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>>10102
According to the NHS and the FSA, leftovers are good for 2-3 days.

Handy tip for someone moving into a new place on their own - find a local Chinese that uses plastic containers (most now do), and invite some mates around. The leftover tubs should be both freezer- and dishwasher-safe. If there's enough of you and you split the bill, it might work out cheaper than actually buying a set of tubs.
>> No. 10106 Anonymous
3rd November 2013
Sunday 9:10 pm
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>>10105
They tend to be pretty small, though.
I go in for ice cream tubs instead, they hold a good volume of pasta w/ stuff.
>> No. 10107 Anonymous
3rd November 2013
Sunday 9:51 pm
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>>10106
In my long experience of recycling takeaway containers, they're more than adequate for single portions. If you're cooking four portions for yourself, best practice is to divide up as soon as it's done. To make best use of the containers and the fridge/freezer space, my own tactic as a student was to eat one, freeze one, chill two. Two portions in the fridge instead of three meant not having to face the same dinner all week, and only one portion in the freezer meant the containers weren't tied up for too long.
>> No. 10108 Anonymous
4th November 2013
Monday 3:38 am
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>>10099

>if you don't mind eating the same thing all week.

I find when I'm doing this noodle thing (>>10096), if I get a range of cup a soups and use them to make "sauce" (half fill the cup to make it at double strength) then I can eat noodles for days on end because the cup-a-soup is the predominant flavour so it kind of tastes like you're having something different.
>> No. 10109 Anonymous
4th November 2013
Monday 8:08 am
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>>10105

Ikea sell a massive set of tupperware tubs for £2.50.
>> No. 10110 Anonymous
4th November 2013
Monday 8:23 am
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>>10109
Plus £50 to deliver it to my home 50 miles away.
>> No. 10111 Anonymous
5th November 2013
Tuesday 12:57 am
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Buy a sack of spuds and be done with it. Week one have jacket potatos. Week two have mashed potatos. After the third week you'll have them coming out of your ears (I couldn't resist).
>> No. 10125 Anonymous
26th November 2013
Tuesday 6:17 pm
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I know this ship has well and truly sailed, but I'm in the process of making a cassarole I spent less than a fiver on. I bought reduced potatoes, carrots and onion and a pack of reduced cassarole beef and a cassarole mix (also reduced) as well as a reduced loaf of fresh bread for dipping all for just under a fiver.

It smells divine, and I have carrots left for tomorrow for snacks.
>> No. 10126 Anonymous
26th November 2013
Tuesday 6:44 pm
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Poor OP. We haven't heard from him. I wonder if he starved to death?
>> No. 10127 Anonymous
26th November 2013
Tuesday 6:50 pm
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>>10126

Nah, he probably chose the Maccers option like the spoilt little man child he is, and died of malnutrition.
>> No. 10128 Anonymous
26th November 2013
Tuesday 6:53 pm
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>>10127

Sheesh, you're fiesty this evening.
>> No. 10129 Anonymous
26th November 2013
Tuesday 6:55 pm
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>>10128

I'm listening to a podcast with Nigel Farage. Fuck me he really can't maintain a coherent argument. This probably does not improve my attitude.
>> No. 10140 Anonymous
2nd December 2013
Monday 9:55 pm
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>>10129
I maintain that my humorous epithet of "Nigel Farrago" is completely apt.
Sage for this belonging elsewhere.

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