There is a new Facebook group set up for people expressing an interest on living not on £1 a day, but who are looking for extra cheap meals and an even more frugal 50p a day. So if you’re saving really hard for a house deposit, a special holiday, a new car perhaps, or maybe illness, redundancy, divorce, the immoral scourge of zero hours contracts or the ghastly benefit sanction have wreaked havoc on the household budget, or there is simply too much month left at the end of the money. This post may be the one for you.
Feeding yourself at such a very low level requires super cheap meals and a lot of discipline – no sneaky extra biscuits! I haven’t done a meal plan as such. What I’ve got here are many options to enable you to make choices that will keep you in budget. All the recipes are easy to make, don’t need complicated equipment and use basic ordinary ingredients. A basic store cupboard if you have one, would be helpful. Things like salt and pepper, basic self raising and plain flour, sugar and oil. Then there are flavourings that bring life to a dish, soy sauce and fish sauce, worcestershire sauce and mustard.
Extra Cheap Meals
I have scoured the Thrifty Lesley Recipe archives for anything cheap enough. I thought as a rough budget it should be split 10p for breakfast, 10p for lunch and 30p for dinner, and if you’ve managed it for less, as you will with many of these options, then there is a bit left for cake, or extra veg, or maybe a bit of fruit.
Breakfasts – budget of 10p
Many of the sandwich pastes cost up to 10p, or even less, with a couple of slices of value wholemeal, or white, bread
Lunches – budget of 10p
Lunches can also involve the sandwich pastes, perhaps in a sandwich, a home made penny wrap or a home made pitta. Much nicer than shop bought and they can all be frozen. These uber cheap wraps and pitta can contain many and varied delicious morsels. You don’t need much filling and its amazing what lovely little dishes can be created from this and that in the fridge
or you might prefer rolls instead of wraps
or even tomato rolls made with no yeast, just sparkling water, and no kneading!
or delicious home made pitta, super cheap. Sorry about the closeup eyes, I was showing off newly acquired false lashes!
This split pea soup requires only 3 ingredients and is just 8p, (even cheaper than when I first posted about it in January 2016!), leaving enough for a bread roll as well. Particularly delicious when made with chicken or turkey stock
Or the classic cheap lunch, 2 slices value bread with half a tin of value beans
Dinners – budget of 30p
Many, many options cost up to 30p or even less, so lots of choices for dinner, even at 50p a day!Want to know how to eat for 50p a day? Yes, it can be done, and with tasty food too Click To Tweet
The cheapest dinner on Thrifty Lesley at 6p, although to be fair, you’ll need something else to go with it. So maybe a jacket potato (10p) and a knob of buttery spread (2p) and a portion of mixed frozen veg (10p), a total of 28p
These stuffed potato cakes are really good, and certainly don’t taste like a budget basic meal.
These falafel are cheap enough to allow the addition of a portion or two of vegetables to go with them.
Lots of spicy flavour in these balti pancakes. The spices used can be varied too for variety. A good strong tasting meal
Here are a trio of dahls, many different flavours can be made, these are suggestions to start you off
Each spicy banger is 19p, leaving you with a bit left for chips and beans, or mash and peas, or a jacket potato with butter, or beans
More ideas for fishcakes
Suggested daily menus include
breakfast – Raisin pancakes 8p
lunch – split pea soup, 8p plus home made bread roll, 2p
dinner – stuffed potato cakes, 18p for two cakes
Total of 36p, use the remaining pence for extra fruit and veg
breakfast – sardine paste on 2 slices wholemeal toast, 10p
lunch – home made pitta, 1p, with beef and tomato paste, 9p and lettuce
dinner – chicken and onion pie, 26p plus 80g white cabbage, steamed, 5p
Total of 51p
breakfast – beef and tomato paste on 2 slices wholemeal toast, 9p
lunch – potted cheese paste sandwich, 12p plus salad
dinner – tuna and onion pie, 24p incl sides
Total of 45p
breakfast – BLT paste on 2 slices wholemeal toast 7p, plus lettuce
lunch – fruit and nut case paste sandwich 13p
dinner – 100g of one of the vegetable hummus, 17p plus 150g carrot crudites, 5p
Total of 42p
breakfast – jammy oat bars 7p
lunch – hummus and grated carrot sandwich 9p
dinner – lentil nut loaf 27p, plus 100g white cabbage, 7p
Total of 50p
breakfast – carrot and sultana loaf 9p
lunch – beans on 2 x toast, 11p
dinner – spinach dumplings with spicy tomato sauce, 28p
Total of 48p
So there we have it, step by step on eating at 50p. I hope this has given you some ideas for when times are super hard on how to get through