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AIBU to ask family to bring their own food?

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borntobequiet Thu 28-Feb-19 09:36:26

I have family visiting for Easter. I know they have been "forward purchasing" in case of shortages caused by any no-deal Brexit, as have I. Would I be unreasonable to ask then to bring their own food to avoid depleting my store? The children will eat up all my pasta and pesto in next to no time. And I don't want to waste freezer space on fish fingers, which I never eat.

Singlenotsingle Thu 28-Feb-19 09:38:33

How many in the family and for how long? Pasta is cheap as chips and fish fingers cost next to nothing, but it could mount up if it's a Friday to Monday stay.

Joopy Thu 28-Feb-19 09:38:57

Yabu, don't invite them if you don't want to cook for them.

Barrenfieldoffucks Thu 28-Feb-19 09:39:39

I don't get why you would be eating your 'stash'? Wouldn't you normally get more food in for visitors?

Notthatsimple Thu 28-Feb-19 09:42:13

I suggest you could all eat pombears bear

PinkHeart5914 Thu 28-Feb-19 09:42:20

I can’t ever imagine asking family to bring their own food to be honest.

So family travel to see you but must bring pasta and pesto, sounds like a blast for all at yours

Thesearmsofmine Thu 28-Feb-19 09:44:06

It depends. If you are hosting you should provide some food but if they re staying several days you could maybe suggest going out/getting a takeaway.

FineWordsForAPorcupine Thu 28-Feb-19 09:45:45

If your stash is so small that a few kids could eat through it in a weekend, then I'm not sure you're really taking the coming breakdown of civilisation seriously enough.

Come on, guys. We need at least six months of dry goods plus water purification systems, solar panelling weaponry and a basic field hospital - a few jars of pesto ain't going to cut it.

MrsJayy Thu 28-Feb-19 09:47:16

I think you should uninvite them it is ridiculous what you ar asking leave food in the shops and stop stashing food then there will be no painic and enough for everybody stockpiling food is selfish

KMoKMo Thu 28-Feb-19 09:48:25


XiCi Thu 28-Feb-19 09:48:37

Is this a joke? If not then you are definitely BU.

Birdsgottafly Thu 28-Feb-19 09:48:58

Wait until 29th March, let's see what happens.

Luckily Easter is late this year.

As asked, how many of them and how long a stay.

JayDot500 Thu 28-Feb-19 09:49:57

grin this is hilarious!

Hahaha88 Thu 28-Feb-19 09:51:25

Are you actually for real? You've been stockpiling food hmm and you're worried about wasting your supplies on your own family? Lol it's Brexit, not an Armageddon, I don't think you need to decide which family member you want to survive more than another and feed them first lol

FiveShelties Thu 28-Feb-19 09:53:27

Fantastic idea, I would ask them to bring toilet rolls, bottled water plus enough food for the stay.grin

BiddyPop Thu 28-Feb-19 09:55:13

There will be actual food in the shops, particularly by Easter as that is 3 weeks after Brexit Day.

The only thing you may need to worry about it the choice of foods may be somewhat limited.

But there will be actual nutritionally sound foodstuffs available on the shelves.

Brexit is not Armageddon!!

FiveLittlePigs Thu 28-Feb-19 09:56:22

Come on, guys. We need at least six months of dry goods plus water purification systems, solar panelling weaponry and a basic field hospital - a few jars of pesto ain't going to cut it


<removes jar of Marmite from shopping list> grin

BiddyPop Thu 28-Feb-19 09:57:00

I suggest adding naice ham to the pom bears!! grin

Xpost on the Armageddon - my pc wouldn't post....grrrr...I'm ringing IT again (although I can't really admit I was messing on MN, any ideas?)

RiverTam Thu 28-Feb-19 09:57:15

Dear God. No, don't do that.

Stopyourhavering64 Thu 28-Feb-19 10:01:55

Remember on mumsnet a chicken can feed the world....for weeks

PregnantSea Thu 28-Feb-19 10:01:59

I think it's really cheeky to ask family to bring their own food when you've invited them to stay for the weekend. I'm sure if they're polite they'll pay for a take away, or offer to do some chores around the house or something.

I had a friend who used to ask me to chip in for gas, electric and food when I went to stay for one night. I'm not friends with her anymore.

RelaisBlu Thu 28-Feb-19 10:02:17

This is a joke, right??

ILoveHumanity Thu 28-Feb-19 10:02:20

I think tell everyone to cook a dish and bring it with them so you can have “variety” and it will be nice. Don’t make it about ur stock as that sounds awkward.

Just say you are really overwhelmed and don’t think can have time to make enough food for everyone. So if they all bring a dish you can eat it over several days with them and then you can all focus on enjoying the meet up. It’s fine just how u present it

7yo7yo Thu 28-Feb-19 10:06:24

Eat them.

SparklySneakers Thu 28-Feb-19 10:09:51

I think it depends if we crash out on the 29th and therefore are subjected to shortages. I'd continue to build your stash as much as possible then see what happens. If there are shortages then if you have LO
It's supplies and your family are reasonable people then just explain that you have limited food and maybe ask them to bring treats if you supply the main food. Kids each so many snacks! Cook cheap and cheerful meals that go a long way like pasta and shepherds pie.
How many are coming and how long for?

It's a real worry if there's extra mouths to feed and you are on a budget and subjected to food shortages.

I'd be getting in extra now for when they come if you can.

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