£1 a Day Challenge?
So it is 19th September 2017 and I woke up today and thought: Can I live on £1 a Day? That Sounds like a Challenge to me! Why I do these things I really don’t know, but it seems like fun to try! Of course it is not likely to be much fun if you have no choice in the matter. I know I am lucky to have a great income (even though I have worked really hard to get it).
Thoughts and Feelings
Right now I am feeling a bit nervous and excited about the next 30 days. I am also highly aware of the fact I am not actually in the position where I only have £30 to live on. I have removed my bank cards from my bag and put them away for the duration of the challenge, but in the back of my head I know I have a safety net. I’m not sure if that is going to help me or hinder me to be honest.
Already I am wondering if I can actually do this. Part of me thinks yeah of course I can, and the other part is wishing I bought bread and eggs last night instead of profiteroles and ice cream… Straight away my current lifestyle of eating whatever I want raises its head.
That reminds me that I should take a few photos of what is in my fridge and freezer right now. I am a little embarrassed to be honest, but here we are:
The main thing that strikes me is the amount of convenience food I have in the freezer! Usually what I have would be used in 3 or 4 meals. I do have some bacon and mince though so that would give me a couple more. At a guess what I have would last me around a week if I wasn’t taking part in this challenge…
Progress So Far
This morning I started by putting £30 in cash into a spare purse. I took all other forms of payment and hid them. I am tempted to freeze my bank cards but I think I will be ok just putting them away.
Around 3pm I did start to feel hungry. I had tinned tomato soup and wheaten bread for lunch so I should really wait until dinner time before I eat again. I’m not good at feeling hungry and I feel like raiding the biscuit tin. Its only day 1 though so I am determined and drink a big glass of water instead.
Dinner time brought with it an interesting development. I have a freezer with various packets of convenience food in it. Not a huge amount I must add, but certainly enough for several meals. I opted for crispy chicken, onion rings and potato wedges, nothing interesting in that right? The interesting thing was the portion size I choose. I went for about half the amount I usually do and ‘filled out’ the meal with lots of vegetables instead. That and the fact I drank 2 glasses of water with my meal instead of 1 surely gives a plus point to the health level 😉
Total Spend So Far
Today the main struggle I am having is to avoid the natural impulse I have to try and earn extra cash to increase the £30 limit. It has given me the idea for another challenge – more about that another time lol!
Really no struggle as yet regarding food. I have at least a weeks worth of food in stock already. How I get on next week will be more interesting I think. I am already thinking about how to make it stretch!
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