I was round the flat of one of the young people I work with yesterday, their cupboards were totally bare aside from bread, butter, milk and a tin of soup.
I worked out with them that they had £10 to spend on food for the next week. So I took them to Asda and we tried our best and managed to spend £8.28, leaving some money for bread and milk later next week.
It was demoralising going for ALL the ‘smartprice’ items. I’m not one for luxury but having to pass over all of Asda’s own regular products (3 times more expensive!) was really tough. We got back to the flat and I left the young person to a lonely weekend. Ouch.
I have a cushy life.