We may have mentioned previously that we have signed up to take part in Live Below the Line, a challenge that will stretch our economy shopping skills to the maximum. So what is Live Below the Line?
It is an international project that aims to highlight the extreme poverty that some people in the world face and raises funds through sponsorship to help tackle this. Participants are give just £1 per day to live on for 5 days, below are the rules of the challenge as taken from www.livebelowtheline.com:
- From the 29th April – 3rd May you can spend no more than £1 a day on food and drink.
- This means you have a total of £5 with which to buy all ingredients for your meals.
- The full cost of all the items you consume must be included in your budget. This means budgeting for whole packets of food items such as rice, pasta, noodles and eggs etc.
- For items such as salt, pepper, herbs and spices, simply work out the cost of each item per gram and budget your shopping proportionally. Separate your items before the challenge so there’s no need to be digging around in your cupboards.
- You can share the cost of ingredients amongst a team, as long as no participant spends more than £1 a day or their total £5 budget. Working as a team will allow you to pool together funds and do more with your cooking.
- You can’t grab a cheeky snack from the cupboard unless you include the cost of buying the item new in your budget.
- You can use food sourced from your garden as long as you can account for the price of production!
- No combination of meals on any given day can exceed the £1 spending limit. Remember this is a challenge to eat creatively and be enjoyed – don’t at any point deprive yourself of three meals a day.
- You cannot accept ‘donated’ food from family or friends, but monetary donations towards your fundraising goals are acceptable, and encouraged!
- You are allowed to drink tap water – remember you should try and drink at least 6-8 glasses of water each day.
Hmm, quite a challenge! We are used to surviving, no used to thriving, on a limited amount of money, and our lowest cost weekly shop so far has been £15.61, which is only 61 pence more than the £15 allowance for Becksie, Ian and Lizzie. Becksie is used to making meals out of nothing but they always involve various store cupboard staples, a definite no-no in Live Below the Line! We will need to be uber prepared, perhaps this will be a good time to start meal planning after all we have the very serious responsibility of ensuring little Lizzie is well fed and watered.
At least from looking at the rules we can use eggs from Paul, Barry and Kevin (well Kevin, Paul and Barry are still not pulling their weight), and it is a good job that we like tap water (a favourite tip for cutting down a restaurant bill)!
We have no doubt that this will be possible, and we are looking forward to the challenge! We will be supporting Child Hope, a global charity challenging injustice. You can find out about them on our Live Below the Line page. How organised are we given that this challenge is weeks away!
Back to the present, this morning we went to a lovely christening, however during part of the service we had yet another indication of how much supermarkets have seeped into everyone’s lives, the vicar was encouraging the congregation to visit their local supermarket (you know the one with the green tokens) who are including the church as one of their charities of the week, very noble but we won’t be able to take part, don’t worry we did our bit when the collection came round!