or maybe i've just been skint for too long ...

(46 Posts)
YoniDaChillOut Fri 12-Apr-13 14:27:35

but £10 for a homecooked meal for two isn't superscrimping. £10 is a third of my entire weekly food budget for me and two dcs (although i count them as one adult as they both would eat about half of an adult portion) if i spent £10 for each evening meal, plus food for breakfast, lunch and snacks i'd probably be almost tripling my weekly food spend!

i'm watching that superscrimpers show. it's a load of bollocks really isn't it?

mrsscoob Fri 12-Apr-13 14:29:51

YANBU I can make 2 meals out of a packet of basics spaghetti some butter and a few bits of dried herbs/garlic costs about 50 -75p

Molehillmountain Fri 12-Apr-13 14:30:02

I agree! I rarely spend more than £5-6 for the five of us and often much less. But perhaps if you've been used to spending a packet, to go down to actual scrimping would be too much.

ouryve Fri 12-Apr-13 14:30:02

I'm not skint and it's not superscrimping. I can cook a bloody lovely meal for the 4 of us, with pud, and using a few shortcuts for that.

However, if it was £10 for something that's a bit special for 2, then it would save money compared with eating out, but part of the appeal of eating out (which we rarely do) is the lack of washing up, afterwards.

Flobbadobs Fri 12-Apr-13 14:30:17

YANBU, I stopped watching it after 1 episode.

MartyrStewart Fri 12-Apr-13 14:30:20

YANBU. I try and budget so it averages out £3 per meal to feed me, DH and 2 DC.

I could probably do a 3 course blow out roast for a tenner.

Molehillmountain Fri 12-Apr-13 14:31:02

Out of interest - what was the "super scrimping" meal?

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Fri 12-Apr-13 14:31:10

No that's a lot. I can feed 4 people very well with meat and fish and veg on a fiver!

DiscoDonkey Fri 12-Apr-13 14:31:41

I suppose it's all relative isn't it? If people are routinely spending £20 a meal on take away or meals out then £10 for a home cooked meal is ok (although I'd want a fairly fancy meal for that)

But no £10 isn't exactly a budget meal for two people (may as well go to m&s and do dine in for a tender)

Molehillmountain Fri 12-Apr-13 14:32:42

For two?!!! Just read properly-assumed it was a family meal at least!!!

YoniDaChillOut Fri 12-Apr-13 14:33:15

it was a chicken curry! that's so easy to make for next to nothing!

if it was mains, desert and wine then £10 would be good, but not for just a curry!

mrsscoob Fri 12-Apr-13 14:34:11

DiscoDonkey has a point. For me spending £10 on a meal for 2 would be a blow out. For someone else, IE I can live on £53 a week, yet spent £39 on breakfast Iain Duncan Smith, that would be super duper scrimping

Depends what they're trying to save money on though. If it's instead of a takeaway or going out then a tenner is going to save a reasonable amount of money. If it's an everyday meal then YANBU.

Chocotrekkie Fri 12-Apr-13 14:35:06

It's a terrible programme and I feel bad that people are watching it and honestly following the ideas.

One was going to get fruit for a smoothie rather than buying 3 small bottles from Starbucks - ended up costing them well over a fiver but its ok cause they saved a fiver..

What's wrong with cheap orange juice and frozen berries - about £1.50. or the ready made ones in asda

Molehillmountain Fri 12-Apr-13 14:36:54

Lord! If you roast a chicken the day before, a chicken curry is leftover delight! That's just ridiculous. We need a mumsnet does scrimping show. You don't even have to be silly about it-no need for "we get a year's meals out of one pack of chicken drumsticks. We had chicken breast yesterday which is hardly scrimping but if you bash them flat, a 500g pack does two meals for my lot and no one feels hard done by. A £1 pack of salad, some jacket spuds-it's not hard.

YoniDaChillOut Fri 12-Apr-13 14:37:34

well yes, it's a family who live on takeaway food (this is where i got judgy- Mcd's for a baby in one of those carriers you wear on your chest) so £10 will be a saving for them on what they usually spend on food. but i still thought they could have shown them how to make their £10 stretch far further than that if the idea is to make your money go further!

kinkyfuckery Fri 12-Apr-13 14:39:14

YANBU - £10 to feed two isn't budget!

MammaTJ Fri 12-Apr-13 14:39:34

I keep watching in the hope of inspiration. Not had any yet.

I loved the woman the other day who didn't think she could make a picnic for 'only' £17. So she chose to take pot luck with food for sale at the event.

I would always make a picnic under those circumstances and I have never spent anything like £17 on one.

forevergreek Fri 12-Apr-13 14:40:18

I suppose it depends. It we have chicken curry it probably does cost that.

Chicken £4-5 for x2 organic chicken breasts
Rice - 50p
Onion/ garlic/ ginger/ spices - £1-3 depending on what spices/ how much/ if I need fresh coriander etc
Natural yogurt - £1.50
Naan- £1

The supersrimpers are just showing how to make a takeaway equivalent. So instead I costing £30 for a takeaway for 4, it's £10, big saving if you do it often

Molehillmountain Fri 12-Apr-13 14:40:22

And actually, for people who live on mcd it needs to be easier. Like homemade burgers, or even shop bought for goodness sake. It's clearly not just the cost. They're still going to baulk at that much effort each day. Start off by showing them meals that take less time than going to McDonalds.

YoniDaChillOut Fri 12-Apr-13 14:41:08

and now theyre showing us how they spent 'only' £3.99' on a top in a charity shop just to cut the beading off it and use it as a belt!

Molehillmountain Fri 12-Apr-13 14:42:45

Sorry -I mean the effort required to make a curry, not the burgers. I think one of the worst things about some convenience foods is they scare people into thinking home cooking is difficult and time consuming because otherwise why would you need it in a packet?

YoniDaChillOut Fri 12-Apr-13 14:44:36

"They're still going to baulk at that much effort each day. Start off by showing them meals that take less time than going to McDonalds."

yes that's it! the mum was saying it's just too easy to get takeaway and showed how easy it was to order online on her ipad with a few taps. i cant imagine them choosing to put the effort into making a proper meal when they've been happy to spend the money up til now to save them teh bother.

YoniDaChillOut Fri 12-Apr-13 14:45:29

and i say this as a lazy bitch who never wants to cook but still does every night.

Molehillmountain Fri 12-Apr-13 14:46:21

Thing about scrimping is that actually you need to buy fewer things and you can't make a series out of a) if you have no cash don't go to shops b) try not buying stuff for a while and then you'll get used to it and everyone else will appear really extravagent. c) ignore advertising and decide fir yourself what you actually need. Can you tell we've tightened our belts? Won't object to loosening them at some point, though wink

cozietoesie Fri 12-Apr-13 14:47:19

See if you can find some Catherine Tate comedy shows to watch - you know, the sketches of the Mummy with the two kids?

That will give you perspective.


Molehillmountain Fri 12-Apr-13 14:48:25

Yoni - whenever we think about a takeaway these days I trick myself into cooking by doing the time trick! Omlette wins my quickest, cheapest dinner prize but I'm not allowed it when egg refusenik dh is home!

YoniDaChillOut Fri 12-Apr-13 14:48:36


so true molehill! no-one would watch that 30 second show!

cozietoesie Fri 12-Apr-13 14:49:53
Molehillmountain Fri 12-Apr-13 14:50:00

Hey-but could we pitch it and present it? Instead of four thought maybe?

Bejeena Fri 12-Apr-13 14:50:14

I watch supercrimpers and sometimes find the tips helpful but honestly sometimes the tips they give are off the wall and no way going to help people save money.

Like the other week they suggested using moisturiser to shine your shoes instead of shoe polish, ok fair enough good idea but shoe polish does not cost the earth and a tub of it will last years and years!

Also the suggestion to secure branches in the garden with old tights instead of garden string - garden string only costs about £1 a ball and last for ages.

These are not savings!

YoniDaChillOut Fri 12-Apr-13 14:55:54

if i wanted mcd's (as i often do but dont indulge) i have to get all our shoes and coats on, find my purse, get dcs in the car and go through town, queue up in the drive thru (did i mention i'm lazy? grin) and then come back home, balance all the food on my head while getting the dcs unbuckled and into the house and wrestle the dog into the kitchen so he doesn't attack the food on my head and then get to inhale the almost liquid burger that is rapidly cooling. and then i'll be hungry again in an hour. you're talking 15 minutes at least and it's still cold outside. who want's to go out there?? hmm

whereas i can make, not that healthy but yummy and filling, toasties or jacket spuds with beans and butter, or garlic bread pizza in that space of time and a lovely cup of tea to wash it down.

bedmonster Fri 12-Apr-13 14:56:35

That's a cheap homemade chicken curry imo. Chicken breasts cost about £6, but the flavour comes from the meat with bones, legs/thighs, so that's another £7-8 depending on how much is being made. Spices, tinned toms, ginger, garlic, onions, coriander, spinach etc, rice, bread flour for naans, butter for the breads etc. I have left loads of stuff out i'm sure as DP makes them not me, but a tenner for a chicken curry sounds cheap!

AnonYonimousBird Fri 12-Apr-13 14:56:47

Was this supposed to be cheap?! If i spend more than £10 on our evening meal, I've seriously pushed the boat out!!!! Four of us can do Sunday roast for less than £10!

Molehillmountain Fri 12-Apr-13 14:56:47

It's Marie Antoinette scrimping. Trying to do what the common people do. Really, what you do if you have no cash is you don't buy stuff and its really, really tedious.

YoniDaChillOut Fri 12-Apr-13 14:59:22

all the X5's lined up at the sports day!! grin

Molehillmountain Fri 12-Apr-13 15:03:09

Catherine Tate-stop now-got to do the school run!!!

YoniDaChillOut Fri 12-Apr-13 15:07:24

would anyone like a gooseberry and cinnamon yoghurt?

Molehillmountain Fri 12-Apr-13 16:19:33

Is that an actual offer or an obscure Catherine Tate reference? May need to check before I answer (sounds nice?!)

Molehillmountain Fri 12-Apr-13 16:26:46

Changed my mind!

Toasttoppers Fri 12-Apr-13 16:28:50

I have not picked up one useful tip on that programme and whats going on with her ruddy hat.

forevergreek Fri 12-Apr-13 16:29:19

You do realise cinnamon yogurt is just that, Plain yogurt and cinnamon? Not sure what is suppose to be fancy about that.

yaimee Fri 12-Apr-13 16:59:59

Our take away does two mains and rice or naan with each for a tenner mon-Fri!

cozietoesie Fri 12-Apr-13 17:03:08

I just realized that that clip misses my very favourite - Jacques and the Brie.

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RevoltingPeasant Fri 12-Apr-13 17:19:36

Erm isn't £10 for 2 people for a night the 'M&S dinner for two' deal? Which is, by definition, posh people being lazy for a night?

DH & I don't watch what we spend on food that carefully - I know we are lucky we don't have to - but a standardish meal for us is something fresh fish fillets from the reduced section at Sainsbo's (maybe £3) with steamed veggies and boiled potatoes (probably another £3-4 all told).

That is an absolutely normal, not-trying-to-save-money meal.

Scrimping = my student staple of brown rice, soy sauce and lentils.

yaimee Fri 12-Apr-13 17:21:10

M&s deal includes wine and pud too, and absolutely no effort!

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