How many of you have ran out of money and are living off your overdraft till payday?

(35 Posts)
BlackCatinChaos Tue 08-Jan-13 15:50:38

Just wonder how many others are in the same boat and looking for ideas of what
food you/we could eat.

Sorry if that doesn't quite make sense! grin

DreamingOfTheMaldives Mon 11-Feb-13 16:05:19

X-post BlackCat

DreamingOfTheMaldives Mon 11-Feb-13 16:04:53

Frazzled - Foodbank

juicychops Sun 10-Feb-13 19:30:44

im almost up to my £1500 overdraft limit. i only get paid £600 per month then my tax credits too. i get some tax credits tomorrow but have bills coming out this week and dont get paid for another 2 weeks. i hate being in my overdraft. im unable to earn more as my housing benefit would then go down so would be barely any better off.

i hate being poor

Its amazing how long you CAN last on food cupboard staples & freezer scrag ends though.

Then when you DO shop only buy the essentials plus a restock of the basics in the store cupboard.

I can last an extra week before doing the family shop that way (although we're all getting sick of pasta!!)

I would rather cut back on food than be cold- its miserable enough.

Good luck Frazzled.

hopealways Sun 10-Feb-13 19:21:12

Hello please do try and have the courage to use the tussle food bank you are not judged in any way, ordinary people are struggling to cope with increasing costs. They will also empower you to find ways to cope in your crisis.

BlackCatinChaos Fri 11-Jan-13 23:22:23

www.trusselltrust.org/foodbank-projects**

Here you are Frazzled or anyone else who might want to know.

If you need to use them to get food you have to get a voucher.

BlackCatinChaos Fri 11-Jan-13 23:11:43

Hi frazzled Our health visitor told us where ours was and gave us a voucher so we could go there and be given food. We hadn't completely ran out of food but I think if you have young children they would rather they don't go without. She said a lot of people are using them lately as times are so hard.

I will have a look on the internet, see if I can find anything about them.
Might be called " The trussell trust" if I remember rightly.

IAmSheWhoMustBeObeyed Fri 11-Jan-13 22:59:07

Joint account will be at the OD limit any second now and I am about to enter OD on my personal current account too. Payday is the 24th.
Odds and ends in the freezer and cupboards so some shopping will be required. sad

Mum2Fergus Fri 11-Jan-13 22:52:53

Frazzled, google The Trussell Trust (think thats how you spell it).

FoofFighter Fri 11-Jan-13 22:50:12

No overdraft here to fall back on, things are like this for us probably 9/12 months of the year so it's normal for us.

PenguinBear Fri 11-Jan-13 22:47:26

Well into my overdraft and when I get paid, will still be in it! sad

frazzled74 Fri 11-Jan-13 22:45:20

How do i find out about food banks? when I am back to work and finances arent quite so dire it would be nice to donate to them . I nearly had a no spend day but splashed out on some moisturiser cream using a no7 voucher, a bit of a luxury considering state of our bank balance but figured that the £5 off was too good to miss and sold a few bits on ebay this week so dont feel too guilty.

Mum2Fergus Fri 11-Jan-13 19:13:45

Been repaid £35 of expenses today that Id forgotten about...all should be well til payday on 20th.

BlackCatinChaos Fri 11-Jan-13 12:35:13

So sad there are lots in this position, especially those who don't have heating! sad

We went to a local food bank for the first time ever today. Really thankful they exist! smile Some people must really need them at the mo.

frazzled74 Thu 10-Jan-13 23:22:18

we managed to clear most of our debts before ttc dc4 so i feel quite pleased , once im back at work we will pay back the overdraft and tackle the few remaining small debts £1000 in total. I never want to be in debt again apart from mortgage if at all possible and really want to start saving so that we can have a nice holiday, and maybe tackle some big jobs around the house. I will be working 4 days a week so think that 5 no spend days should be realistic and help to curb my spending.

Hydrophilic Thu 10-Jan-13 16:16:18

I have been in my overdraft for a few months due to unemployment but start a new FT job on Monday and have a PT job that is due to pay me at the end of the month too.

It will get better.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Thu 10-Jan-13 14:03:08

I go into my OD every single month. In the past I've paid it off, then the minute something costly and/or unexpected happens I have to use the OD as I don't have any savings.

For instance, my car failed its MOT in Sept and I'm still paying off the OD from the repairs to get it through. It needs yet more repairs and the road tax is due next month (£195). I almost got rid of it at the end of last year as it's becoming more and more obvious that I can't afford to run a car sad. However as there's so much wrong with it, I doubt I'd get more than scrap for it, so it's difficult to decide what to do.

It's about trying to reduce the time you spend shopping and therefore impulse shopping, if you don't fancy it then don't come by!

We became 5k in OD debt paying our rent when DH lost his job a few years ago, have had lots of big spends since then, having to fix cars, relocate etc. It has been 1 step forward 2 steps back sometimes but we are paying it off and are doing really well imo.

Sometimes it's not as easy as just 'not believing in debt' unless you fancy being homeless...

frazzled74 Thu 10-Jan-13 13:30:58

Im not sure that I could do a no spend week but a few no spend days are in order this year i think.

ByTheWay1 Thu 10-Jan-13 11:31:13

We have one no spending WEEK a month.... barring absolute emergencies - have been known to drink my tea black... I hate black tea, I hate paying interest even more..

Yup. We have been doing this for years!

I aim to be a little less into the OD at the end of each month and we will clear it eventually.

My big push idea for this year is No Spending Days - there's a thread about it in Credit Crunch if you want to have a look.

frazzled74 Wed 09-Jan-13 21:22:00

yes due to nearing end of mat leave and overspending at christmas we are in exact same boat.We have £150 left of our overdraft!! until pay day at the end of the month. Luckily theres still lots of xmas food in the freezer so will aim to live off that this week and next week, then I will do a very careful food shop and make use of the slowcooker, I also intend to use up the contents of my store cupboard and bake bread, cakes etc for packed lunches, I am allowing myself £3 a day to buy milk, veg etc if needed and hopefully the odd coffee, I stayed in today and spent nothing so tomorrow i will have £6!!!

Kormachameleon Wed 09-Jan-13 21:18:20

Yep me too
900 quid overdrawn and am currently not working due to stupid shitty illness
Can't see being able to return to work
Anytime soon so god knows how I am gonna manage
Had frozen spinach with mash potato for dinner tonight

On the bright side, I have a lot of weight to lose :-)

StuffezLaBouche Wed 09-Jan-13 21:12:31

I'm SO glad someone posted this.
I live in my OD but am paying it off in small amounts. I have about £50 left to last until 31st. Which it obviously wont. So any purchases that need making will have to go on credit card. 0% thankfully and will push all spare money into paying that off over 2013 while it's still interest free.
Feel very miserable at being in this situation and think I'm going to have to take in a lodger.

BigcatLittlecat Wed 09-Jan-13 21:08:52

19 days to pay day and have access to no money! Living off the freezer and cupboards!

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