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Broke for a month

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Temporarilyskint Wed 11-Nov-15 21:05:25

i know the way these threads can go - I am not asking for money and while I think it is incredibly sweet when people offer I won't accept

Sorry for above disclaimer.

Have namechanged as I'm a bit embarrassed and my ex stalks me on here.

We've no money. Well, £40. That's to get through to the end of the month.

We have no oven, or microwave. We do have a toaster.

No access to credit.

Fuel costs are high due to having to take my son to school. Not sure if there's a way around this. (He will hopefully be starting at a new school which is local in 2016 but for now it's tough.)

Fussy cats need food.

Argh. I am partly posting for advice, and also partly for emotional sounding off as I'm fed up of thinking about money.

TalkinPeas Wed 11-Nov-15 22:11:34

£10 on a microwave from cash converters or equivalent
£5 on a big bag of potatoes

jacket potatoes with whatever is in the cupboards
pasta ditto
see what offers there are on root veg at Lidl

cats will eat what's put in front of them - when they are hungry they will eat

car fuel - check online for best deal within 5 miles

being skint is awful but its hopefully temporary

are you entitled to a food bank voucher?

Temporarilyskint Wed 11-Nov-15 22:15:18

I don't have £10, just at the moment.

Luxyelectro Wed 11-Nov-15 22:16:43

Do you mean you have £40 to the end of November to pay for Everyhing?
Petrol, food, any gas/electric/ other bills?

20 days?

usual Wed 11-Nov-15 22:19:37

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Temporarilyskint Wed 11-Nov-15 22:20:10

I've got a bit of child benefit going in which should keep heads above water hopefully

Temporarilyskint Wed 11-Nov-15 22:20:59

The oven isn't working (moved recently) and have never had a microwave

Luxyelectro Wed 11-Nov-15 22:21:39

Op. I'm really really good at managing a tiny budget and will try to help but I'm not sure what you have and what you need to pay out. So if you can explain a bit more then I'm sure you will get some good advice

NoSquirrels Wed 11-Nov-15 22:23:33

Freecycle? Sometimes people will respond to a wanted ad for someone who's just moved.

LL to fix oven urgently?

Car-share for a month on school-run? Ask school, maybe, if there is a temporary hardship fund for ideas?

Allalonenow Wed 11-Nov-15 22:23:33

Do you have any food in your cupboards? If so make a complete list of it, you may well have a few possible meals there.

Do you have any cards such as Nectar that you could cash in?

Would you get a food bank voucher?

Any relatives who would make you a couple of meals?

Temporarilyskint Wed 11-Nov-15 22:24:35

I'm not sure either, I guess that's the problem really! I'll get £80 on Friday but £50 or so of that will have to go into the car

NoSquirrels Wed 11-Nov-15 22:25:04

Fussy cats will get over it! Start weaning them half-and-half now with cheaper options...

RabbitSaysWoof Wed 11-Nov-15 22:25:47

Do you have a thermos flask? I cooked pasta in one when my oven was disconnected Boil the kettle poor over and close up for a good 15 mins. Also great for cooking frozen veg.
If you give a meter reading to your fuel provide are you likely to be in credit even a bit for them to refund?

Temporarilyskint Wed 11-Nov-15 22:25:53

I don't know, they just refuse to eat it and then walk around mewing and annoying me!

Talkmeoutofthis222 Wed 11-Nov-15 22:26:05

Yy to cats. Seriously. They won't starve. Really. Mine bigger off and eat voles when we're on holiday and the cat sitter comes in and dutifully puts down iams twice a day. Fussy bastards.

Temporarilyskint Wed 11-Nov-15 22:26:16

That's a good idea about the flask thanks.

NoSquirrels Wed 11-Nov-15 22:27:46

Ignore them mewing. They will only be fussy for so long!

Do you have bills to pay?
Do you have food in the cupboards?
Is the situation temporary until the end of the month, or likely to persist?

Temporarilyskint Wed 11-Nov-15 22:29:34

Hopefully be sorted by the end of the month. I hope!

Beebar Wed 11-Nov-15 22:30:12

OP, look on facebook if there are any local 'freebay' or 'freecycle' type pages in your area. Whereabouts are you? Why don't you have an oven?

Temporarilyskint Wed 11-Nov-15 22:31:39

There's an oven here but it doesn't work. If I turn it on it causes a trip in the electrics and they all blow.

Luxyelectro Wed 11-Nov-15 22:32:37

Here there is a local free white goods scheme available for certain people.
Can you see if there is one in your area?

They aren't new, it's a charity that takes donations from companies that have damaged or retuned stock. You need a referral and to be on certain benefits to qualify but worth asking local authority of you have a similar scheme

RabbitSaysWoof Wed 11-Nov-15 22:33:09

And good old ebay of course if you can sell anything for collection.

Temporarilyskint Wed 11-Nov-15 22:34:07

I doubt I'd be eligible but anyway there wouldn't be anywhere to put it. The oven is one that's built into the kitchen unit (small kitchen) I guess an electrician needs to have a look at it but obviously I can't afford that just now.

flossietoot Wed 11-Nov-15 22:36:04

Op- help is available. Are you in employment? There are various crisis grants you can access. Make an appointment at your local citizens advice, or even social work department. Where abouts are you?

Beebar Wed 11-Nov-15 22:38:08

Yy re cats being mewing. They'll learn to eat what they're bloody well given.

5kg pots £2.50
Value penne pasta 30p ea
Value rice 50p
Value tinned tomatoes
Lentils & pulses
Value eggs
Value cheese
Value/reduced bread
Value spreads
Cheapest apples
Marked down bananas
Value carrots
Value peas
Value corn
Value onions
Value bacon/sausages
Porridge oats

Your need a microwave at the least

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