Friday 2 May 2014

Live Below the Line - Day Five - Final Day


That's it .... I've officially had enough of Peanut Butter on Toast!!
It's nice that I can say that and not have to eat it for a while, imagine if this was something you had to eat out of necessity rather than because you were doing a challenge or actually wanted to!
Doing the Live Below the Line Challenge all this week has really brought it home to me the difference between wanting to do something and having to do it.  Most of us are so lucky to have that choice.

Lunch was Spaghetti with Curry Sauce and a few peas added in for colour and veggie content.  It was actually very tasty and I'll be buying this curry sauce again, at 20p a jar you really can't go wrong and it gives me free jars for my own homemade sauce making later in the year.
For tea I finally had the tins of Rice Pudding and Peach slices that I had originally bought to have as desserts, not realising that I don't really eat desserts any more.  I've just got out of the habit or maybe, rather depressingly it's because my sweet tooth has diminished with age ..... did I really just say that!!
Going out with a flourish I decided to share with Lovely Hubby, who thoroughly enjoyed it eaten cold like a Mueller Rice style dessert.
So how does my food stock look now?

There is just mayo, coffee and rice in the cupboard (the mayo was moved from the fridge for the photo and then put back) ...
... and four slices of the bread and the rest of the veggies in the freezer.
Here's the final meal plan and costings all filled in - you can click on the picture to make it even bigger and more readable.
Thank you for following my progress over the last few days and a massive Thank You to all those of you who took the time to nip on over to my fundraising page and make a donation to the 'Send a Cow' charity that I am supporting this year.
  Every time I've gone on to the page to read your messages and watched as  the amount crept up I've felt so humble and grateful.  You are amazing, thank you so much.
For the final time the link to my page.
Sue xx


  1. I can understand your feelings about peanut butter on toast! I didn't eat rice for many years after the one summer I only had rice, popcorn, frozen peas and tea to live on.

  2. I have a slice of toast with pea nut butter on every morning for my breakfast after my porridge, it has a lot of lutin in it which is good for your eye sight. It helps my macular degeneration.

  3. I feel that way about spagetti. As students a friend and l ate very little else for years, because it was cheap. Often only spagetti with ketchup for days, juck :-). Spagetti with curry sounds interesting, perhaps l should give it a try. Well done with your challenge of living below the line. Pam

  4. Well done doing the challenge, Sue!
    I am not a big peanut butter eater. If I had to choose it would be vegemite for breakfast but then that might take a lot of the money!

  5. I'm glad you posted the meal plan! I poured 180g of mixed vegetables to see how much it was (a cereal bowl full). For a little more money, if I tried it, I would probably add oatmeal for breakfast, milk for oatmeal and coffee, lentils to add to pasta sauce, more eggs, and popcorn for snacks. But that wouldn't have been possible on your budget. I admire you for doing this!

  6. My husband refuses point blank to eat soup after our poverty days when first married. We only had a microwave (no cooker) and very little money. At the start of the week we would make a huge bowl of thick vegetable broth in the microwave. It was so thick it would set solid and as the week went on we would keep adding water to make it stretch. This went on for a few months and hubby now won't touch any soup at all. You've done really well this week Sue and raised so much money. You will really appreciate your usual food when you've finished the challenge x

  7. I was going to ask if you were fed up with peanut butter when I saw the picture but you answered that already. I think I may have to try curried spaghetti though. Well done for all the money you raised, I'm proud of you x


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