social spark Aisling Beatha: LIVE BELOW THE LINE - Day 3


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Wednesday, April 30, 2014


By the time this post is published I will be over half way through the 5 days of Live below the Line.
In latest news I used most of the 8 p I had left yesterday to buy a tiny chocolate from my son.  He had been given a box at work and we worked out that if he had bought them each chocolate would have been 7p.  So I bought one from him and thoroughly enjoyed it even if it was over rather quickly.

If you're still not sure what live below The Line is all about, here's the blurb from their official website:
Live Below the Line is an initiative of the Global Poverty Project, an education and campaigning organisation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of people taking action against extreme poverty. Live Below the Line is our innovative campaign which challenges thousands of individuals across the world to live on £1 a day for 5 days, to deepen understanding of the challenges faced by individuals living in extreme poverty, and to raise vital funds for crucial anti-poverty initiatives.

We run Live Below the Line because we believe that to really fight poverty, we've got to better understand it. We're passionate about equipping people to make a real difference in fighting poverty, and so we focus on connecting people up to the organisations and issues that have the biggest impact.

We've teamed up with some of the best charities in the country whose work is vital in both making sure we fight extreme poverty through our actions in the UK, and that we support people to lift themselves out of extreme poverty in some of the world's poorest countries. In 2014, Live Below the Line is running in the UK, the USA and Canada simultaneously, with thousands of people spending 5 days living below the line in order to raise money for our partner organisations.

Across the world, thousands of people will join the movement to tackle extreme poverty - join us. - 

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Today's Menu

Breakfast - Budget range Lemon Curd on toast made from a budget range loaf.

Lunch - Rice with budget range Bolognese Sauce and budget range Grated Cheese
This is actually a Nigella Lawson recipe only she uses basmati rice, good quality sauce and parmesan for the cheese.  The trick is to keep an eye on it stirring it frequently and add more water whenever it starts to stick, until the rice is really well cooked.

Dinner - Home Made Mushroom Pizzas
I was really pleased with how the pizza base turned out.  It's not too warm here today so I boiled a cup of water in the microwave, then shoved it to the corner of the microwave and put the bowl of dough in there to rise.  It worked really well.  Hubby really liked this oven too.  If I was going to make it again though, I would use a thicker sauce and more cheese.

All in all it wasn't a bad day, but I have been feeling hungry on and off.  Tomorrow is the first time I have to be out of the house for anything.  25 minutes on the bus each way, and about 1 1/2 hours there talking to a bunch of kids in an after school club about Live Below the Line and getting them to price up what they think is ESSENTIAL and comparing it to this figure.


2 slices of budget range bread at 3.6 pence per slice = 7.2p
25g budget range lemon curd at 22p per 400g jar = 1.35p
Total for breakfast = 8.55p

75g dry weight budget range long grain white rice = 3p
1/2 jar budge range Pasta Sauce at 39p per jar = 19.5p
20g budget range Grated Cheese at 44.2p per 100g = 8.84p
Total for lunch = 31.34p

(I am making the main meals for my hubby too but the figures here are for my portion only)
1/2 tsp oil = 1.5p
100g Strong bread flour at 53.3p per kilo = 5.3p
2g yeast at 51p per 100g = 1p
20g budget range Grated Cheese at 44.2p per 100g = 8.84p
1/4 jar budget range Pasta Sauce at 39p per jar = 9.75p
1/2 medium onion at 17p each = 8.5p
90g mushrooms at £2.68 per kilo = 24.12p
Total for Dinner = 59.01p

Grand total for the day = 91.71 pence

Tomorrow I am back to cereal for breakfast and baked beans on toast for lunch.  Stir Fry rice for dinner and maybe a snack of something during the day.

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