It all kicks off tomorrow. I will be living on £1 a way in food and drink from the 1st to the 14th of December, to raise money for the Trussell Trust, by doing the Living Below the Line Challenge.
I have already had a think about what to buy and have bought things in batches this week to prepare myself for the following week. To ensure I minimize the risk of losing food through it, I have made the decision to buy the food in weekly batches. So I’ve spent £7 to cover me for the first week and will spend £7 for the next week.
I have bought the following:
- 1 kilo of Tesco Everyday Value Rice, 40p.
- 500g of Tesco Everyday Value Low Fat Natural Yogurt, 60p.
- Sainsbury’s Fish Stock cubes, 45p.
- 1 tin of Sainsbury’s Sardines in Oil, 45p.
- 1 tin of Sainsbury’s Basics Peaches in Light Syrup, 40p.
- 1 bag of Sainsbury’s Basics Frozen veg, 900G, 90p.
- 1 Sainsbury’s Basics Lemon Curd, 411 grams, 35p.
- 1 Loaf of Sainsbury’s Basics White Loaf, 40p.
- 2 tins of baked beans from Aldi, 23p each.
- 1 pack of large eggs from Aldi, 85p.
- The mother of all Swedes, 39p.
- The grandpappy of all potatoes, a bag of forlorn apples, and two bags of carrots from the greengrocers, £1.20.
This came to £6.99 (so have 1p left!).
As I was sitting down to work after dinner this evening, I suddenly thought about tomorrow.
Normally while we do shop frugally, when I go to work I just throw something together in the morning and take it with me. It could be a salad with leftover meat, it could be cereal and a small container of milk, and some fruit and yogurt. It could be thins with ham. It could be instant noodles.
Now however I will have to plan everything very carefully. I can’t just get up in the morning and take what I want. Food has to be prepared in advance for the next day’s lunch at work, especially if it’s something that has to be cooked if I am to stay on target. And tea I can quite frankly forget about.
So off I went to make tomorrow’s lunch (and maybe dinner? We’ll see if I have the will to live to make something with the rice and veg tomorrow) after some research. Yes, there are some nice swede soup recipes out there but they all need ingredients I don’t have like oil, salt, pepper and cream.
So I peeled and chopped the whole swede and half the potato into chunks and cooked them slowly in water barely covering them until they were tender, then added one stock cube and used the hand blender. I added some parsley and thyme from the garden.
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