Different strokes for different folks

There’s more than one way to approach the Live Below the Line challenge of feeding yourself for £1 a day for 5 days.

As you can tell from this blog, my approach is to read up on
it, research it, compare prices, churn out the spreadsheets and make meal plans,
then do a lot of cooking. Throw a whole load of work at it, in fact. When I die, I
fear the word “organised” will feature in my epitaph.

But please don’t let me put you off trying Live Below theLine, whether this year or in the future.

Mad? Yes.

Yes, I pursued it in a fairly insane way.

If further evidence were needed, I confess to sorting
through a kilo bag of Tesco Everyday Value frozen mixed veg to separate out the peas, broccoli,
carrots and cauliflower so I could use them to cook different dishes and wouldn’t
get bored by eating the same combo every day.

But I salute those who take a different tack to living on £1
a day to raise money for worthy causes.

In particular, I give you Philthejournalist, who one day
blew his pound on oven chips, and seems to have survived on biscuits and
bananas most of the rest of the time.


This made me laugh in the face of chickpeas, and worry less
about how on earth to turn an egg, a carrot, some garlic, loads of oats and a
shedload of rice into lunch on Day 5.

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  1. 19th June 2013 / 9:23 am

    Hi Faith,
    I just wanted to thank you for your donation, and for your post.

    There was no name when I initially saw the donation so didn't know who to thank – just totting things up and trying to beat the remaining £190 out of friends so I can reach my £500, and spotted your name / this link.

    So a massive thank you – I really appreciate it.
    I haven't had time to read through your blog yet, but how did you find the experience?


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