To think £1 doesn't get you much these days

(61 Posts)
soyvanillalatte Thu 04-Aug-16 08:12:09

I was in town, about to start my shopping, and walked past a young homeless man who was sitting on the pavement surrounded by his belongings. He looked up to smile and I grabbed a pound out of my pocket and gave it to him saying "Morning, maybe you can get yourself a cup of coffee. Sorry it's not much".
The pound was all of the loose change I had in the pocket but as I walked away, I started to feel bad and wondered if I had just given him a "useless" amount of money. I feel like I have insulted him, I felt so guilty.
Can £1 get much in the way of something to eat or drink of any value these days?
AIBU to think he may not have been able to even get a cuppa?

DonaldTrumpTriggersSJWlol Thu 04-Aug-16 08:14:52

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EndofSummerLooming Thu 04-Aug-16 08:14:54

Two giant cookies from saisburys, litre of milk, Cpl pieces of fruit.

Depends if he gets another £ in a few minutes/

ThoraGruntwhistle Thu 04-Aug-16 08:17:24

Hopefully a few more people would've done the same. Not everyone can afford to give out notes, I certainly couldn't, and coins do add up so I don't think a pound is a useless amount.

Birdsgottafly Thu 04-Aug-16 08:17:37

It depends on where you live.

When I'm around our town, I see 'street dwellers', being handed regular food and drink.

I also know that there are Charities regularly giving out food/drink. As well as places that you can go and get food.

Even if you didn't give him 'enough', someone else will make up the difference.

OwlinaTree Thu 04-Aug-16 08:19:23

Look up crisis or shelter on line and see the support they give. Donations to them would probably help more tbh.

puppydogmummy Thu 04-Aug-16 08:19:48

You can get a sandwich in the pound shop!

mouldycheesefan Thu 04-Aug-16 08:21:04

Can definitely get a can of cheap lager for that.

EnterNicknameHere Thu 04-Aug-16 08:23:44

There's a pound bakery in our town.

cheminotte Thu 04-Aug-16 08:25:57

You can't get a posh coffee in Starbuck's but you can get a cup of tea in a greasy spoon.

Helenluvsrob Thu 04-Aug-16 08:29:44

99p coffee in pret.

Quite a range of food type items in pound land - crisps / bread rolls/ cakes / biscuits etc

SweatyBettyHelp Thu 04-Aug-16 08:32:04

Judgy comments on here ffs educate yourself and look at all the factors leading to homelessness in the UK might open your eyes and make you a tad more sympathic

Dutchcourage Thu 04-Aug-16 08:32:05

Two large meet and potato pies from pound bakery!

soyvanillalatte Thu 04-Aug-16 08:32:33

It's like when I found out the big issue is £2.50.
I used to just give the big issue sellers a pound and then opt out of taking the magazine thinking they were a pound .

soyvanillalatte Thu 04-Aug-16 08:33:29

Thanks for above re what he could have bought. I don't feel so tight now!

confusedofengland Thu 04-Aug-16 08:33:31

I think Pret a Manger does a coffee for around that amount. Also McDonald's.

If he were to go to the supermarket with £1 he could get a loaf of bread, some milk & a piece of fruit, for example. smile

StepAwayFromTheThesaurus Thu 04-Aug-16 08:37:02

Homelessness charities generally advise against giving money to beggars. There are much better ways to help.

soyvanillalatte Thu 04-Aug-16 08:41:55

On the other hand, I didn't give any money to the young lady asking for money for "the squaddies". She had a few wrist bands and a photocopied "id" in a plastic cover on a lanyard around her neck. Are these legit?

littleprincesssara Thu 04-Aug-16 08:45:32

I always get them food or a soft/hot drink.

A pound! I remember when you get get 10 Freddos for that!

NameChanger22 Thu 04-Aug-16 08:54:12

For a pound you could buy 1 kilo of cheap rice, a cheap loaf of bread and a tin of beans or veg. This could feed someone for 3 days at least if they were desperate.

I don't agree with the idea that it is bad to give to people who are desperate for money. If they didn't need it they wouldn't ask. If they spend it on drugs, then that's up to them. But the most I've ever given is £5.

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OwlinaTree Thu 04-Aug-16 08:58:01

What would be the point of a homeless person buying a kilo of rice?

brummiesue Thu 04-Aug-16 08:59:42

Sorry but what is a homeless man going to do with a kg of rice hmm

icouldabeenacontender Thu 04-Aug-16 09:01:34

Do you really not know what you can buy with £1?
Obviously not a soyvanillalatte.

thecatsarecrazy Thu 04-Aug-16 09:03:15

He could get 2 cold drinks in Poundland, or a sandwich, a drink packet of crisps and a chocolate bar, pack of sausage rolls, a pasty.

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