Here's a breakdown of what I ate yesterday.
- 1 Linda McCartney veggie sausage [16p -- I stock up on them when they are £1 or less for a box of 6]
- 1 slice of garlic toast [3p -- 2p for the slice of bread (20 slices/loaf and it was on sale for 39p) and ~1p to spray the toast with a little olive oil, rub a cut piece of garlic on it, and sprinkle on a wee bit of salt]
This is pretty much my breakfast every morning, along with a cup of tea. However, I felt like having a second cup this morning and did before realising it was Day 1 of the Live Below the Line challenge.
- 2 cups of tea [4p -- 2p each -- I got a box of 50 bags of Clipper organic white tea for £1]
- 1 rich tea biscuit [1p -- they were 24p a pack and there are at least 24 biscuits in each pack].
For lunch, I really splurged with a butternut squash and lentils dish (it was delicious and totally worth it, but cramped my budget for the rest of the day).
- Slow-cooked butternut squash, lentils, and onions with herbs and spices [50p for 1/2 a squash (I ate all of it, too, even the peel, which softens up quite a bit once cooked and is perfectly edible), 5p for half an onion, 6p for the lentils (which I got really cheap from http://www.approvedfood.co.uk/) and 1p for the herbs and spices (I've mentioned this elsewhere in my blog -- always try to get your herbs & spices either in bulk or from a Chinese or Asian grocer or the 'foreign' section of the grocery store -- do NOT buy spices marketed toward middle-class white people because you are totally getting ripped off), so a whopping 62p total!!]
- Dry-roasted (in the oven) squash seeds [free!]
- 1 cup of Barleycup and a splash of soymilk [2p]
- 2 bowls of popcorn [5p]
- Small handful of dates [3p]
So, I was doing really well. But then...
- 1 wee clementine [8p]
Grand total for the day: £1.04
Whoops, I went over by 4p! That's not too bad, though. I think tomorrow will be easier because I am planning on having a much cheaper lunch. The hardest part about this for me is not snacking and not having a cup of tea whenever I fancy one. I also sometimes have a small glass of wine or a measure of whisky (or bourbon or brandy) before bed, which is clearly not in my £1/day budget. In this case, I didn't even consider a nightcap because I fell asleep getting my kids to sleep, which happens 2 or 3 nights a week, no matter how badly I want to stay awake!