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You know your really skint when......

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boilingpoint Tue 24-May-11 14:28:20

You go to tescos to get a few bits to last the week before payday but you have to put some of it back as you don't have enough money....

You have pasta every single day for dinner...

You cash in the change pot....

Am i alone?

kennypowers Tue 24-May-11 14:30:45

Lucky you - you're loaded! And I only got paid on Friday!

Thingumy Tue 24-May-11 14:31:04

You raid the kids money boxes ,only find 45p but think 'a pint of milk!' < disclaimer-you always put the money back>

Bags,coats and sofas get checked for spare pennies.

You have to make bread.

The cat gets the tinned tuna from the back of the larder.

BaronessOrczy Tue 24-May-11 14:34:35

You go through all your handbags, and swimming bags, to gather every last scrap of change

You eat extremely strange food combinations as it's what's left in the freezer / what you can make remotely palatable from the cupboard

You cancel going to a friend's house for a cuppa cos you can't afford the petrol or the bus money to get there

yy to the cat getting tuna / tinned salmon!

boilingpoint Tue 24-May-11 14:41:35

kenny powers i think you misread..

Yes yes to searching coats

zukiecat Tue 24-May-11 14:44:46

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LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Tue 24-May-11 14:49:54

You rue the day that 'trolley coins' were invented when all you can muster is a pile of them... and a small pile at that. hmm

extremepie Tue 24-May-11 14:54:02

Yes, yes and yes, to all of the above!

BooyHoo Tue 24-May-11 14:56:55

lyingwitch when you do have a £1 on you, go to one of the charity shops and buy one of their tokens for the trolley. i have one that hooks onto my keys. i never need search for a coin again when going shopping.

zukiecat Tue 24-May-11 14:59:53

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kw1986 Tue 24-May-11 15:01:04

You've ran out of bread and can't even afford a value loaf with a week til payday left.

BooyHoo Tue 24-May-11 15:01:21

really zukie?? i have a marie curie shop one and it fits in all the trolleys i've used.

Suncottage Tue 24-May-11 15:02:46

You walk everywhere and the library is the place to hang out during the day.

Fleurdebleurgh Tue 24-May-11 15:10:07

You make 'butt rollys' out of old fag-ends in the ashtray.

Did this loads in my yoof, revolting.

MorrisZapp Tue 24-May-11 15:12:50

You go to the bank machine and it says you have £3.76p in your account.

So you go into your branch and withdraw it.

zukiecat Tue 24-May-11 15:15:06

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ZXEightyMum Tue 24-May-11 15:16:48

You can't afford your flower bill, or to tithe properly even when you earn over 100k.

Oh no sorry, that was one of the first threads I ever read on MN. Very entertaining it was.

I've never mislaid coins anywhere. I must be a right old skinflint blush

emsyj Tue 24-May-11 15:17:40

The token thing I've got doesn't work in a Morrisson's trolley so it's not just Asda!!!!

FabbyChic Tue 24-May-11 15:18:23

You know you are skint when you have to sift through your kids old Xbox games to see if Game will trade them in for cash, you don't tell the kid though and hope to replace when you have some cash.

We know we are skint when we eat at IHOP... I know that sounds crazy, but we have a family friend who sends International House of Pancakes vouchers to us several times a year, and we always save them for when there is nothing to eat in the house, partly because we are so entirely sick of their food after years of these vouchers, and partly because the kids think they are getting a treat when we go. What hurts is trying to scrape together the tip...

Runninupthatbill Tue 24-May-11 15:21:12

Cashing in small bits of foreign currency from previous less cash restricted times is a winner...I got a well needed £20 from that smile

Saw444 Tue 24-May-11 15:24:44

Flying that reminds me of the month we were so skint we had sirloin steak every night for a week.

We had got a great deal on it the month before and it was all
We had in the freezer.

Also I always wondered what ihop stood for!

BooyHoo Tue 24-May-11 15:26:50

strange zukie. i only have asda and lidl locally and mine works fine. maybe your token is bent? grin

Suncottage Tue 24-May-11 15:32:56

When I was a very broke student I would put pasta in soup. I still like it now as a meal. Very filling.

FabbyChic Tue 24-May-11 15:34:37

You know you are skint when you actually have to stick to the diet cos you got fuck all to eat.

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