I am also very poor (neet) and from the UK, so I've been trying to find ways for surviving for a month for as little as possible. I've slowly been learning and researching the most cost-effective way to survive in this expensive dystopia, especially since the lockdowns and panic buying. Not easy considering how expensive food and everyday items have gotten in the past year alone. I have been assuming the worse and I will be without water, electricity and heating for the month of January (31 days).
Need: 2.5 litres a day for drinking, more for cooking, cleaning and hygiene. I've rounded this up to 10 litres a day.
Have: I bought three 100-liter water butts and have connected them to my drain pipes, still short of the 310 litres I need, but I'm hoping the wet british weather can help me there. I considered filters and stuff to make the water drinkable, but thought chlorine tablets were the most cost-effective at just £5 for 2000 litres. Another £5 for a collapsible container that can hold 10 litres for purification.
Cost: 3x£25 butts, 1x£5 tablets, 1x£5 container = £85
Need: The three main things needed from what I can see are 2500 calories, protein and vitamins. All food needs to last a long time without electricity, so fresh and frozen foods are out.
Have: Best long-term protein I could find was whey protein powder. A 2kg protein bag from a pound store contains more than enough protein, will feel filling and will last over a year. Vitamins and minerals I can get from tablets. The best value I could find was the asda brand. They have a good balance of cost and 24 vitamins and minerals compared to a dozen in the cheaper pound store brands. £3 for a 90-tablet pack, two tablets a day will help keep me healthy. I also get Omega 3 fish oil for healthy fats, £4 for 90, two a day. The calories are simple, pasta and rice provide loads of carbs and last forever, as well as other dry stuff like crackers and dried nuts and fruit. 200g of rice or pasta, a large plate, is just over 700 calories, but if you add a sauce, tinned meat or beans to this, I am confident it will all add up to over 2500 calories a day with my other meals. And if you get stuff like brown rPost too long. Click here to view the full text.