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Apart from the usual survival rations of beans, white bread and Doll Noodles™, we've all done things to compensate for having no money. Personally I spent 6 months barefoot to save on the cost of shoes. What pathetic things have you done when the cash ran out?

(, Fri 8 Oct 2004, 9:34)
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About 2 months ago....
My mum went on holiday and left me some money. My twat of a brother spent most of it in one weekend (whilst I was at my dad's) on gange and takeaways. So all I had was what was left before they left, and about 7, to last me a week and a half. So I went to my dad's for most of that time! Hurrah! Leaving me to use the rest of the money towards an XBox game (Grabbed by the Ghoulies if you're interested).
(, Thu 14 Oct 2004, 13:13, Reply)
For the ganja crew
I always skin up on a tray and use the left over skunk and cig to build joints after I have run out and i am clucking. I also smoke roaches.

What a pikey.
(, Thu 14 Oct 2004, 12:53, Reply)
When I was poor
I couldn't pick the usual bits of tobacco out of cigarettes I bought from Harrods, so I had to get them from a cheaper store, instead.
(, Thu 14 Oct 2004, 12:32, Reply)
haha, oh yeh,
i started my beautiful shopping directory and search-engine thing, in hope of making some cash off the affiliate links scattered amonst them to see my through uni without having to get a job. Only - affiliated shops are (apparently, I know now :() shit, and everybody clicks the normal ones. And I stay poor.

Although I will have a cheque for 35!!!!!!! at the end of this month. of which i shall owe 20 to my parents, and the rest will quickly disperse into the pint glasses of people i owe drinks. bum.
(, Wed 13 Oct 2004, 17:27, Reply)
my friend works at the local cinema, and let's me raid the pick-a-mix,
so i fill the bag up as much as i can - and try and live off my sweets for as long as possible. I've found you can trade a couple of jelly-snake-things for a can of coke.

yay for steve

(I'm going to London tomorrow (I live in bournemouth) with about 40 pence in the world! :( )
(, Wed 13 Oct 2004, 15:33, Reply)
never been
that poor (never became a uni student) but a handy tip if you can afford a can of baked beans (normally a few pennies these days)and a loaf of bread its the best food to keep you going as it contains everything you need.
Its the only food that you could eat for the rest of your life and not need suppliments!!

And the wind will keep your trousers warm as well in the winter :D
(, Wed 13 Oct 2004, 14:42, Reply)

There was this one time when daddys platinum credit card hadnt arrived yet so we were forced to eat from Harrods instead of the freshly imported food we usually have..... it was desperate times I nearly resorted to eating my pet chiuiuia (SP?)
(, Wed 13 Oct 2004, 14:22, Reply)
Naughty
This is quite evil when I think back to it.

When I was about 11 and my little sister was 7 she was always following me and my friends about. It was halloween and we wanted to raise some money for sweets.

We came up with the idea for penny for a guy. We started gathering stuff, and not far from the local park was a dump. We all went over to there and found some really pissy, shitty clothes.

We was wondering where we could get some straw from when who should walk round the corner but my little sister.

We put these clothes on her, and god they stunk man, and took her round the shops. On the way we rubbed all mud in her face and messed up her hair and had found a safeway plastic bag which we used as her hat.

We made her sit round there for about an hour, everytime she started speaking we would give her a kick, so she spent most of the time there just crying quietly.

We made about 3.00 and then didnt give her no money, she told my dad about it and I got slapped whilst she got made to get straight into the bath cos of the manky clothes we had made her wear.
(, Wed 13 Oct 2004, 13:45, Reply)
student days
in my student days, i foolishly spent my cash for that term on a 300W bass amp and spent the next 10 weeks eating nothing but spaghetti, beans and rice. Since then I have spent a good few years suffering from IBS. I blame the bass amp :(
(, Wed 13 Oct 2004, 13:41, Reply)
I once sold my body to aliens who used my as a squirming gimp for 10 weeks
No, seriously
Got a fiver out of it too
(, Wed 13 Oct 2004, 12:39, Reply)
In the 80s when at college I discovered that old 10p coins
I discovered that old 10p coins wrapped in the foil from the old kit kat packets got accepted by vending machines as old 50p pieces. buy a 12p packet of crips or other random cheap something and you can turn 10p into 3 more 10p's and 8p.

I had a route round town i used to follow a couple of times a week to pay for cigarettes and a draw.

better money than working..

the old 5ps used to work as 1DM coins in germany too, but thats another story.
(, Wed 13 Oct 2004, 12:22, Reply)
I was about to phone home and scrounge money when...
I found a 20 note on the stairs on the way up to my flat! "Woo", i thought "now i can buy food". unfortunately i passed virgin megastores on the way to tesco's and bought Bill Baileys 'Bewilderness' on DVD. had enough money left to buy a pack of smarties cookies and a 2.50 bottle of wine. had one cookie a day for a week. wine was crap.
(, Wed 13 Oct 2004, 11:36, Reply)
Recycling
During my dope obsessed mid-teens my mates and I found ourselves unable to afford/score (I forget which) any gear one late summer afternoon. We spent several hours picking spliff butts out of the park where we'd whiled away our days for most of the last couple of months, then painstakingly picked them apart and extracted any bits of unsmoked hash. I think we just about scraped enough together for one joint. Which tasted like shit. Not a high point in my life. No pun intended.
(, Wed 13 Oct 2004, 10:02, Reply)
First Year At Uni
We were running short of funds so I went out and bought a big box of Branston Pickle Flavoured Walkers Crisps from Home Bargains (9p a pack, 4 for a box). It was during the time Walkers used to put 5 or 20 notes in their packs. So my (warped) logic worked out that the odds were on that I would win at least fiver from the box.

I didn't.
(, Wed 13 Oct 2004, 9:47, Reply)
when i was young
my sister used to offer 20p for every scab of mine she could have the pleasure of picking off. being the sort of child who got in a few scrapes, i relented and made some decent money from her....
(, Wed 13 Oct 2004, 9:05, Reply)
Savings thinning out? Can't be arsed finding another job?...
Go to university! At the ripe age of twenty-four I get a tasty loan and an excuse not to work for four years, plus no tuition fees to pay because my parents are "poor" (well, they are for the sake of filling in forms). I'm currently living in Tokyo, and I can claim the flights back off my LEA, but have managed to spend all my spare money already on eating out, crap porn and video games.

Bugger.

Still, mesage board virginity broken at least.

EDIT: Forgot, not had a haircut in seven years (am a guy). Never really poor, just tight. If its length ever starts interferring with dropping the kids off at the Armitage Shanks Leisure Centre swimming pool then I'll do something about it with a pair of scissors.
(, Wed 13 Oct 2004, 7:59, Reply)
Not really me but...
I read some articles recently about two different groups. One group is the freegans. They only eat things that have been thrown out from restaurants and grocery stores. Ther other is called mineralarians that refuse to eat fruits, meats, and pretty much any real food. Not sure how serious the article was though.
(, Wed 13 Oct 2004, 5:05, Reply)
Not really skint, rather pathological tightwaddedness...
Needed (acoustic) guitar saddle, made one out of an antler found in the forest...guitar (electric) body out of a discarded coffee table top (luverly wood, turns out)...no haircut for 9 months now...Everclear is cheap but fergawdsake mix it...burnt fingertips from unsoldering salvageable bits from junked gidgets.

Once when actually broke made dessert of baked mashed carrots sweetened with sugar packets from inconvenience store kaffee kounter. Did not achieve expectations but thought of beta carotene and ate it.
(, Wed 13 Oct 2004, 3:41, Reply)
Art Shmodel
While at undergrad in NYC, I was laid off from the italian mobster bakery & hurting for rent. An acquaintance suggested her gig as an art model for a painting class. It paid 15$us an hour but was tough as hell. I was freezing all the time, the positions were uncomfortable - lying in the same position for 5 hours, the turds hit on me during my breaks, getting my period was quite a pain since I had to pose entirely nude in front of 25 people. blegh.
(, Wed 13 Oct 2004, 2:29, Reply)

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