Saturday, 11 May 2013

Living Below the Line - Update

(photo of dinner missing as I swapped phones with my daughter)

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

It's been a week since I completed my Living Below the Line challenge.

I was at various points, hungry, tired and headachy - but never unbearably so.  I grew fed up of eating the same things over and over again and yearned for something tasty to eat.  I was acutely conscious of food all around me and my inability to snack on demand.  I realised that the value I place on food extends far beyond the need to survive.  Most of all I missed the restorative powers of a cup of tea.

Thanks to the generosity of family friends and work mates I have raised £249 for Oxfam - just £1 off my target.

It's been a week since I returned to my normal diet.  1.4 billion people are still living on £1 a day.

If you would like to sponsor me you may still do so here.

Thanks if you do.


  1. interesting project! But why no tea?

    1. The rules of the challenge required me to account for the full cost of all the items I bought. I could have bought a packet of tea but even the smallest one would have contained more than I would have needed in 5 days so I decided to spend the money I would have wasted on food instead.

      This was another lesson I learned. Bulk buying is cheaper but only available to people who have sufficient funds to pay up front. Poor people pay heavily for buying in small quantities.