I’m not saying it’s a solution but I do believe it’s a well worn shoe firmly planted in the right direction..
Living on a budget is no stranger to my family and I. We’ve pretty much lived on little or no income (and no government assistance) since the autumn of 2012, unsure where our next penny would come in. If it hadn’t been for a little financial help from my brother and some thoughtful friends and family, I truly don’t know how we would have got through.
And now we’ve sold our house off (very cheaply) and I’ve paid back my brother and we’ve paid our utility debts, 6 months rent for our new life in the UK and I’ve enough to travel to and get set up in blighty to make a new start. We’ll all need to get jobs ASAP though and that concentrates the mind..
I’ve been reading comments by readers and doing some research into the cost of living in the UK. It’s been 9 years since we’ve lived there. I can see, more than ever, there appears to be a poverty gap, families relying on food banks etc. It concerns me.
I did further reading and found out that Nottingham appears to have been the poorest city (income per household) in the UK in 2012.
People are obviously struggling..
I see a movement towards eating well on less. I came across a blog in the UK by a “Girl called Jack” (now called Cooking on a Boot Strap) who had lived in a financially unstable situation with her young son and who had created good nutritional meals for just £10 per week. I applaud her…. I REALLY APPLAUD HER.
I see there is the “Eatwell Plate” recommendations by the National Health Service and further research led me to read that the cost of providing the Eatwell Plate recommendations to one person for week came in at just under £17 per week.
I then out of curiosity did some calculations using online store prices in the UK following a 1940s wartime rationing plan of approx 2000 or more calories per day
Bacon, Ham, Meat £2.00
Fats and cheese £1.35
Egg 0.15p (free range)
Off ration weekly
Bread 0.45p (1 loaf per person wholemeal)
Split peas/kidney beans 0.75p
Spices, extras £1.00
This is rather a strict scenario of wartime rationing. I’ve compared prices and took an average value for most foods via http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk and it doesn’t allow for splurging and luxury goods BUT what it does do is provide a weekly spend to provide a nutritionally sound weekly food allowance living on wartime rations and it comes in at under £12 per person per week.
I’d love to continue this discussion- please post your comments below!
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