We lived below the line last week as a family. It was tough, but apparently not tough enough. We raised £100 for Save the Children UK, thanks so much to those who generously donated. This week I'm doing it again!
I said at the time it was much easier to do it as a family spending £30 on food over 5 days than a single person spending £5 on food. After the comment "Why don't you do it on your own then?! Doing it as a family is WAY too easy!" along with similar comments by several other people, I've decided to take up the challenge and complete another 5 days of Live Below the Line. This time I'm doing it solo. I've never been one to refuse a challenge, I'm really stubborn in that way.
Serving up our usual fare to the family whilst living on rations myself is going to be a challenge, but a challenge that is well worth it to raise money for those much less fortunate than us and who don't have the choices we do.
Here are my supplies for the 5 days:
1x ASDA Smartprice Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce (410g) 24p
1x ASDA Chosen by You Vegetable Stock Cubes (12x10g) 75p
1x ASDA Smartprice Mixed Vegetables (1Kg) 77p
1x ASDA Smartprice UHT Skimmed Milk (1L) 49p
1x ASDA Free Range Medium British Eggs (6) 85p
1x ASDA Plain Flour (500g) 40p
1x ASDA Good and Balanced Pearl Barley (500g) 64p
1x ASDA Smartprice Apples (500g) 79p
I will be doing without coffee. This means it is going to be a very tough 5 days. I'm not bothered about not having sugar, chocolate or other goodies. Coffee is what fuels me, perks me up and brings me joy. I love a good quality coffee and I am addicted to caffeine, withdrawal will be unpleasant. I'll also undoubtedly miss fruit and salads and wholemeal seeded bread too.
What do I plan to make?
Scrambled eggs using an egg each day and some milk to bulk it out
Flatbreads made with 200g flour and 100ml water/milk
Vegetable and Pearl Barley Soup using 200g pearl barley, 300g vegetables and stock cubes
"Hummus" using drained baked beans, 200g vegetables and stock cube
Crackers made with 150g flour and 100ml water/milk
Apple Pancakes using 150g of the flour, an egg and some milk.
An apple on 3 of the days
Pearl Barley Risotto using 300g pearl barley, 500g vegetables and stock cubes
I will make a cuppa soup with stock cube and water if I need a tasty cuppa, otherwise I'll be drinking tap water.
Please donate if you can here: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/utterlyscrummy