And it's Day 3 of Live Below the Line!
- 1 Linda McCartney veggie sausage [16p]
- 1 slice of garlic toast [3p]
- 1 cup of tea [2p]
Today was going to be tricky, though, because I had half a bag of fresh spinach in the refrigerator and I knew my share of that would be close to 20p. Yikes! I could opt for frozen spinach, which is much cheaper, but I don't want any food to go to waste just because I am doing this challenge and trying to count pennies. I decided to make some spicy tomato rice with leeks (we had 2 in the refrigerator and I didn't want them to go bad) and kidney beans (33p for a box from http://www.approvedfood.co.uk/ -- in general, it would probably be cheaper to use dried kidney beans, but I haven't found them cheap lately) and lemon juice (my husband must have bought the most expensive lemon in Scotland, it was 31p and the shop was out of lemon juice). I threw the spinach in, too, because it was getting wilty and didn't look like it would be much fun fresh. Here's the breakdown for lunch:
- 250g rice [10p]
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes [31p]
- 1 leek [38p]
- 1 box of kidney beans [33p]
- 1/2 bag of fresh spinach [45p]
- Spices & oil [5p]
- Juice of 1/2 lemon [15p]
Ouch. It was only just after lunch and I was already up to 80p! My husband accidentally threw a teabag I was going to re-use into the compost bin, so my mid-afternoon drink was the other packet of free instant coffee that came in the post on Day 2.
- 1 cup instant coffee [1p for the soymilk]
- 2 slices of bread [4p]
- Peanut butter [6p]
- Strawberry jam [10p]
- 1 big bowl popcorn [2p]
So there you have it. 98p. The biggest difference between today and the previous 2 days is I didn't have the urge to snack!