When waking up this morning I had to remind myself that I was actually doing this thing by not making myself a cup of tea but instead having a glass of water. Afterwards I headed off to town with Luke to meet with Greg to do our shopping at ASDA. We looked around and thought that the majority of products were more expensive than what we were hoping to find, Greg mentioned that if come back later in the day things will be cheaper (Greg logic). I bought a microwavable tin of spaghetti bolognaise for 19p as something to keep me going until later.
I spent most of my day doing odd jobs around the house to pass the time, so that when I got bored I didn't just end up eating. When I'd finished I enjoyed my spaghetti bolognaise.
My Weekly Total
Spaghetti bolognaise 19p
Chicken soup 1 sachet out of 4 £1
Bananas X5 9p
Spaghetti hoops 15p
Pasta sauce 45p
Mincemeat - free
Rice pudding 15p
Cheese and onion pasty X2 60p
Jack's cheesy pasta 30p
Apple pie 33p
I woke up the next morning to find that mom came back from her job at Tesco with some bargain offers from there - 5 bananas for 9p and a tin of custard for 17p so I gave her the money for that and went about my day. I tried to budget the amount of food I had so that I would have some food left for tomorrow and so I didn’t eat it all really quickly by accident.
I had my first meal at 1 o’clock and I had a sachet of chicken soup which was nice but wasn’t very filling. The next couple of hours I was beginning to feel the effects of the challenge as I was consistently peckish and spent most of my time trying to get my mind out of being hungry by playing on PlayStation games.
At 4 o’clock I had my next meal which was bananas and custard considering the only thing I’ve been living on in the last 2 days having something relatively sweet was by far the best meal that I’ve had so far and it also seemed to fill me up more than any of the other dishes.
The next couple of hours went by fairly easily and I was hardly hungry at all and at 7 o’clock I had my dinner which was the spaghetti hoops and afters some more bananas and custard which I also really enjoyed.
When I woke up this morning I saw that my mum had another load of bargains this time a load of spaghetti, pasta sauce, rice pudding, another tin of custard and a packet of mincemeat which she got for free since it was past the sell by date (not recommended!)
My first meal of the day was at 1 o’clock and I had noodles and contained a surprising amount of calories so I was kept going until my next meal. My friend offered me some dinner, I mentioned about the under the poverty line challenge I was doing so if I am offered something I’m not to have a lot. So I had a small helping of potato salad and a chicken soup sachet of my own then departed back home.
At 9 o’clock I cooked dinner out of the spaghetti and the pasta sauce to make spaghetti bolognaise which despite being one of my favourite meals I probably would have enjoyed it more if the materials weren’t value brand...
I’ve got money to spare at this point thus I had quite a large first meal at about 10.00 am decided to finish off my bananas and custard and the amount of custard in the meal far surpassed the amount of bananas there were so it was more or less just custard on its own, still nice though.
At around 3 o’clock I had the next sachet of chicken soup which surprisingly lasted the most of the day, in that I feel the least hungry today for some reason I think it’s probably because I’ve had a lot to do today since I spent the majority of the day in the volunteer centre doing stuff so I wasn’t really focussing on being hungry.
After the meeting myself and my friends Sophie, Mark and Jack popped round to ASDA to get my shopping done for the rest of the week so I brought two cheese and onion pasty for 30p each and an apple pie big enough to feed four for 33p (bargain).
We then departed to Jacks house where I ate one of my pasties and jack offered me some cheesy pasta for 33p which was at this point the best meal yet. After I went back home I then finished my spaghetti bolognaise from last night and by the time I went to bed I was actually full which I never thought would happen during this event.
On Friday I went to the fold with the volunteers so I was kept busy most of the day and I had my first meal at around 10 o’clock which was the second cheese and onion pasty from the previous night.
Then went to work for a couple of hours until lunch time in which I had the last sachet of chicken soup which kept me going until 8 o’clock when I had the entire apple pie as well as sharing ¼ of it with Luke since it was quite a large meal and again filled me up so by the time it was midnight and I was let off the leash of the challenge I wasn’t actually hungry anymore.
From this diet I learned that living below the poverty line although possible to achieve can be difficult to maintain a healthy diet and by the end of the week I felt I got less hungry and grew more used to it and got full much quicker.
This challenge made me more aware of just how many cheap things you can buy to live this way if you look in the right place and made it easier than expected however I would not be happy to live this way for the rest of life as the diet lacked in fruit and veg and would quickly affect your health.