Saturday, May 12, 2012

I have finished living below the line!

I am £5 poorer and Christian Aid is £822 richer (you can still sponsor me!)

I am 4lb lighter and 6,500 calories further on.

Today, I was able to spend £11 on lunch at a nice pub. 1.4 billion people still live on the equivalent of £1 per day, for everything. It's liberating to do something about that........we don't have to sit back and accept the fact the world is in such a mess.

Go, go go!

Live Below the Line Day 5

Post-pub toast, day 5. Had to leave said venue quite early due to not coping with lots of lovely ale being drunk all around me....

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Live Below the Line Day 4

Afraid I really don't have anything more to say right now. Bran flakes, all is forgiven.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Live Below the Line Day 2

Here is dinner on the second day. Have worked out we are living on 1,300 calories a day, which I reckon is about 2/3 what I'm used to. I can now understand how, when you're even a bit hungry, it's not possible to focus on anything but food. (Did manage Pilates this eve though. Check me out!)

Monday, May 07, 2012

Live Below the Line Day 1

We spread our £10 between Tesco and Lidl in Chepstow and Morrisons in Todmorden, near Rochdale.

Stomach heaved like a badboy when trying to swallow porridge made with water and value jam first thing this morning. But I really enjoyed my beans on toast, especially as I had the crust today (almost double thickness.)

Officially, you can use a portion of something during the week (eg, oil) and take the cost of that portion out of your £5. But, as people living in poverty are much more likely to have a limited amount of money each day, rather than enjoying the luxury of buying in bulk and spreading it over a longer period of time, we have bought what we'll use this week within the £10.

But we did manage to afford salt, instant coffee (gross but I'm addicted to caffeine) and something even more to find out more!

Thursday, May 03, 2012