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I’m about to live on £1 a day for 5 days with #fdbloggersBTL

Beans on Toast

I’ve just got back from Sainsbury’s having done probably the most depressing shop ever. Sal off of Sal’s Kitchen has roped me into taking part in #fdbloggersBTL, in which a few of us are going to be living off £1 per head per day for 5 days – that’s a total of £5 for the week’s food shop, in case your maths is worse than mine.

The point of living below the line in general, particularly for bloggers, is to demonstrate the actually pretty dark reality of what it means to live in poverty. It’s all very well to hear numbers on the news and read about struggling families in the paper of a Saturday afternoon, but it’s another thing all together to watch how that actually goes down meal by meal, hour by hour. Hopefully that’s a perspective I’ll be bringing to you (and myself) this week.

I’m not a part of any official campaign, I don’t believe there’s one running this year, but if you would like to take some kind of action at any point while you watch me moan about being hungry, please do consider your local food bank or a suitable charity. I’m sure you’re gagging to know what I spent my budget on, so here’s the lowdown:

Sainsbury’s Basics Baked Beans x2, 50p
Sainsbury’s White Sliced Bread, 22p (reduced)
Sainsbury’s Basics Barn Eggs, 70p
Sainsbury’s Basics Yoghurt, 50p
Garlic, 30p
Sainsbury’s Basics Pasta Shapes, 35p
Sainsbury’s Basics Lager, £1.05
Sainsbury’s Basics Garden Peas, £1.10

Total: £4.72

My plan is to have beans on toast for breakfast, egg on toast for lunch, and roasted garlic + green pea pasta for dinner. I’m gonna be a moany bastard for eating the exact same thing every day, and I think this takes me well below my recommended calorie limit, but it’s very unlikely to kill me. Yes, I spent 20% of my budget on beer. Girl, bye if you thought I was gonna go without alcohol for a week. Also, I’m starting on Sunday instead of Monday so that I can still go out Friday night.

So that’s that. I’ll be having a blowout dinner of large cod and chips (and mushy peas) tonight I think, then from tomorrow I’ll be whining so much you’ll despise me (absolutely despise me) by the end of the week. I plan to blog every day unless it gets too boring – I am, after all, eating the same thing ever single day – and if I cheat I will absolutely own up to it, just as I did during Veganuary. Wish me luck…

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  1. I look forward to reading more about this! Good luck. Beans on toast doesn’t sound like a bad meal though.
    It was one of my resolutions this year to take part in a BLT challenge but I am away for sometime, so will have to do my own one when I get back – will definitely be looking out for your tips etc.!

    • To be honest, I’m not dreading it that much at the moment, it feels like a pretty standard food day despite lacking in adequate veg amounts – I think I’ll just get bored!

  2. Anonymous says

    If you need to supplement you could try your local farm shop, market or greengrocer for fruit and veg past its sell by date-sometimes you might be lucky!

  3. Wow this is a really amazing thing to try, and to prove to yourself that you can do it too! Will be boring, but I think you’ve got the right idea for your meals, basic but they should hopefully be quite filling. I couldn’t do it this week as tomorrow is my birthday so I have at least a week of celebratory meals. Not to rub it in or anything…!! 😉 Good Luck Cate, you da best! Alice xxxx


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