The first day of my Live Below the Line challenge of living on less than $2 a day or five days went well. I was surprised by this, in a good way, as I really struggled last year to get through the first day.
Last year my diet was based around oats and flour. This year I splurged – a whole $2.29 for one kilo! at ALDI – on brown rice. I also augmented it with some home grown pumpkin, tomatoes & parlsley. I was actually offered some vegetables for free. This was not related to Live Below the Line and normally I would say yes. But in the interests of following the rules, I offered some payment for them.
Condiments is always a big challenge on Live Below the Line. The cheapest commercial option I could find was stock cubes at 99c a packet. As I was pondering this, I visited my local cafe (Cafe Brindabella) and I suddenly realised they had large piles of salt, pepper, sugar and soy sauce sachets. These are all free for the taking, but again, in the interest of not accepting free food I approached them, explained the challenge, and bought a handful for 20c. I have never been so appreciative of having salt in my life.
Condensed milk was bought half price on special because the tin was tented. The contents tasted fine, so the dented tin did not worry me in the slightest.
|Brown rice ALDI||2.29|
|Salt, pepper and soy sauce||0.2|
|Tomatoes & parsley||0.5|
Breakfast was a huge serving of brown rice topped with condensed milk. I cooked the rice well so that it was more like porridge. Brown rice is naturally sweet, and this was seriously yummy. It filled me up nearly all day.
Lunch was a sort of fried rice, made with butter, tomatoes and one egg. It was nicer than it sounded. I had a huge bowl and I couldn’t finish it all at lunch so kept some for the afternoon. Never happened before on a Live Below the Line Challenge.
In the afternoon I had one hard boiled egg for a snack, but that was it. I cooked a big batch of chicken and tomato and rice hot pot for dinner and had a few taste tests of that (it was much nicer than I expected). But I actually wasn’t that hungry.
I kept the bone from the chicken drumstick and made soup from it. So all set for when my pumpkin arrives from my friend today.
Many thanks to everyone who has donated to me – I have raised $473 already!