Tomorrow I start my Live Below the Line Challenge. Before I start on that I have to do the shopping (obviously), but it also seemed a good place to stop and take stock of what is a normal food week for me.
Taking last week as a model. I did my normal grocery shop and the total for food (not including toiletries etc) came to £31.30. I do try and take a packed lunch with me, but only managed one day last week, so averaging about £5 a day for lunch, that’s £20. I have a daily Starbucks’ habit that comes to £12 a week. I also eat out about every other week so that’s £15 a week.
Eating out £15.00
That’s a scary figure for one person, even when I make the excuse that food is a major hobby of mine.
Anyway, for 5 days this week, the bill can only reach £5 in total.
This is what £5 of food looks like:
This is what I bought:
Wholemeal bread, 1 800g loaf @ £0.50/loaf £0.50
Lemon curd, 1 jar @ £0.22/tin £0.22
Frozen veg, 2kg @ £0.75/kg £1.50
Tinned tomatoes, 2 tins @ £0.31/tin £0.62
Tinned kidney beans, 4 tins @ £0.21/tin £0.84
New potatoes, 1 tin @ £0.15/tin £0.15
Curry sauce, 1 jar @ £0.26/jar £0.26
Stock cubes, 1 pack @ £0.15/pack £0.15
Spaghetti, 1 pack @ £0.19/pack £0.19
Digestive biscuits, 1 pack @ £0.30/pack £0.30
I hope that’s enough to keep me fed and satisfied over the five days. There may seem to be some odd choices in there, but I’ll explain more when I do the nutrition calculations later in the week. Bear in mind that I’ve taken the challenge as not spending more than £5 on food for the five days, unlike this idiot at the BBC who only ate £1 of food a day but spent £30+.
Coming tomorrow – the menu, and recipes.