Live Below The Line is an initiative of the Global Poverty Project, and from the 29th April to the 3rd May will see over 20,000 people in the UK, USA, Australia and Canada, all voluntarily spending 5 days living below the poverty line. The challenge is to survive on £1 a day for all your food and drink for 5 days, with the aim that you raise money for your chosen charity, as well as raising awareness around global poverty.
One of my lovely readers bought this campaign to my attention, and I immediately thought “Is that even possible?” But then I did a bit of research, and decided it would be a great thing to do. Hubby was, however, a little less keen.
I did then point out to him, that as I would be doing all the meal planning and shopping and cooking, apart from having to eat it, it wouldn’t have that much of an impact on him. And he knows by now that I am always right…. (nearly always – lovely hubby) So he came round to it after a while.
The budget is set at £1/day/person, so for 5 days, for our family of 4, we have a budget of £20. What we have decided to do is to then give the remainder of our usual weekly food budget to our chosen charity (we have picked Save the Children)
This is obviously going to need some thought and a bit of planning..! What I really want to try and avoid is eating processed cheap crap for 5 days. I want to see if it is possible to eat well, and cheaply without having to resort to horse meat sausages…
So I have come up with a meal plan, and a shopping list, and I am sharing it with you guys, in case anyone else wants to join in!
Porridge-made with milk, raisins, or stewed fruit to sweeten
Toast-homemade bread-with butter or homemade jam
Soup-whatever is kicking around in the veg basket-mixed veg/leek and potato/curried carrot/parsnip
Rolls-cheese and homemade chutney, egg, tuna
Pizza-homemade bases, and tomato sauce made from tinned toms-cheese/egg/roasted veg toppings
Macaroni/pasta cheese-with added veg
Frittata-with any leftover bits of veg, and homemade baked chips
Natural yoghurt flavoured with stewed fruit
Homemade cake-like a tea loaf or similar
Homemade biscuits-hobnobs maybe?
Shopping list (supermarket):
Value porridge oats -65p/500g
White bread flour-£0.80/1.5kg
Kidney beans-2 tins-£.054
Milk-2L green, 2L blue-£2
Frozen mixed vegetables-£0.75/kg
Total £14.97 (Prices from Asda on My Supermarket.co.uk)
Whatever is cheap or reduced at the end of the day, but I am on the look-out for:
Any other fruit
Crikey. I was a but blase about this, and thought it would be easy, but starting to actually look pretty hard….
Anyone else joining in? Please….!!