Sunday, 22 April 2012

Getting ready for Live Below The Line





















Tomorrow, our Live Below The Line challenge begins so we're getting ready for the week ahead. D and I are living on £1 a day. Today was prep day. Hunting for bargains and determined to get as much bang for our 10 bucks as possible, I went to our local "Buy and Save" market.

My main aim, after having enough food to not be hungry, was to have a decent range of the important nutrients. Meat was out of the question but I made a bee-line for some vegetables that I could pepper our carbohydrates with. Honestly, it was hard to walk out of the market without buying a punnet of delicious looking strawberries - but that would have blown a third of my weeks budget. Still, I wanted to make sure I had at least a little vitamin C so I bought a bag of oranges for £1 and three lemons for 50p.

£10 to feed two of us for the week. This is what I bought:

2kg Basmati rice
Huge tin of chickpeas
Two tins of lentils
A large white cabbage
3 lemons
A bag of oranges
3 onions
Two head of garlic
A can of tinned tomatoes
Two tins of tomato puree
6 large carrots
A large head of broccoli
A bag of porridge oats
Chicken stock cubes
Milk

Not too shabby. In fact, I'm really quite surprised at how much I could afford. Obviously it's going to be a rice-heavy week. I'm going to do what I can to keep our meals interesting and I'll be blogging everything we eat this week so stay tuned.

Now, to bed.


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3 comments:

  1. Two of us live below the line here in the US. Cabbage is a mainstay of our diet as is potatoes (we can get them sometimes 10 pounds for $1 occasionaly on sale) Anyway, meat is used mostly for flavoring when you are very tight for grocery money. Bacon pieces are used to flavor beans and greens a lot and strawberries?! lol eyah, doesn't end up in the shopping carrage. You don't get strawberries unless they are growing in the garden. You don't get a lot of things unless it's from the garden.

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    1. i forgot to add, milk is a rare thing too, any dairy as it's so costly here. We tend to buy powdered milk, and use it in baking bread and other recipies.

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  2. A brilliant shopping haul, I look forard to following your progress (I need all the tips I can get).

    Good luck.

    Sue xx

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