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Day 5 – Tuesday April 1st Yay Final Day!! and this blog post is a week late 🙂

Breakfast: Porridge with water and dollop of Strawberry Jam. And a pot of tea with milk. (This is always the same 🙂

50g of porridge = €0.04

Strawberry jam = €0.03

Reused Tea Bag = €0.02

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total: €0.14

 

10am Cup of coffee:

cheap and cheerful coffee 1 tsp = €0.08

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total for the cup of coffee, you could get used to the taste but does the job waking me up = €0.13

 

Lunch: Two rice cakes with cream cheese – again!! 

2 x rice cakes = €0.13

2 tsp of cream cheese = €0.20

home grown chives = €0.02

Total €0.35

 

Dinner: Rice with milk and sugar (I was feeling a little tired and needed some “comfort food”, hence the rice pudding)

30g Rice =€0.15

2 tsp of sugar = €0.03

50ml Milk = €0.20

1 tsp of Jam = €0.03

Total = €0.41

Afternoon pot of tea – reused tea bag €0.02 & drop of milk €0.05 = €0.07

 

Total spend for the day = €1.10, saving of €0.09.

Thank you to all that have kindly donated thus far, some generous people out there!!

If you would like to donate to my Concern fund to buy some animals and follow their journey to help the less fortunate, you can right here. You can also sponsor me personally.

To date we have raised a total of €200 – Thank you all who donated and with your support I have reached my target of €200 🙂 Yay!! The Concern fund page will stay open for some time yet so you can still donate. Thanks again everyone – that’s my Live Below the Line for another year. I have heard that the challenge will be coming to Ireland soon.

 


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Day 3 – Sunday March 30th. I am still playing catch up with my posts I am two days behind as I was away for the weekend and the internet connection just didn’t want to facilitate my night time blogging! On Sunday I was at a birthday party for the lovely Lucy and the smell of baking was so gorgeous, Lucy’s mum is one heck of a baker! The most difficult thing about eating a controlled amount of food is the food handed back to you from your child, for me I am always eating it – big mistake I know. The saying kitchen pickers wear bigger knickers is also true for child scrap eaters….I brought my daughter and my nephew to the party and yes you guessed it I was handed sausage rolls, half munched buns and other really easy to just scoff pieces of food – so I had to dig deep. Dig deep I did and I was proud of myself and felt great.

Breakfast: Porridge with water and dollop of Strawberry Jam. And a pot of tea with milk. (This is always the same 🙂

50g of porridge = €0.04

Strawberry jam = €0.03

Reused Tea Bag = €0.02

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total: €0.14

 

10am Cup of coffee:

cheap and cheerful coffee 1 tsp = €0.08

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total for the cup of coffee, you could get used to the taste but does the job waking me up = €0.13

 

photo (60)Lunch: Bowl of butternut squash soup. (Yes this is the same too as I made enough for the weekend just to get me through) 

1/4 of a butternut squash (on offer as part of 3 for €2 vegetables so the math is €2/3=0.67cent each I only used a 1/4 of the butternut as the soups was divided into 4 portions 0.67/4  =  €0.17

1/4 of a onion = €0.08

Kale = €0.13

1/4 clove of garlic = €0.04

Salt & Pepper = €0.02

1/4 of a veggie stock cube = €0.20

Total €0.64

 

Dinner: Pasta & Tomato sauce 

20g of cheap & cheerful pasta shells =€0.12

I very small clove of garlic = €0.04

Salt & Pepper = €0.02

1/3 tin of value chopped tomatoes  = €0.10

Total = €0.28

Today I couldn’t afford my Afternoon pot of tea 😦

Total spend for the day = €1.19

Thank you to all of the lovely mum’s at Lucy’s party that donated. If you would like to donate to my Concern fund to buy some animals and follow their journey to help the less fortunate, you can right here. You can also sponsor me personally.

To date we have raised a total of €70 – Thank you all who donated and with your support I hope to reach my target of €200 🙂


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So day 1 Friday March 28th, is done and even though I had to go on a road trip from Wicklow to Cork it was actually OK – nobody was injured or eaten!

Unfortunately my Internet connection is down so I can’t do a proper post until tomorrow morning, but I can let you all know that one tea bag does indeed service 3 cups of tea!!

Food wise I ate porridge and soup but I will say I ate over budget at dinner time – I had a family engagement and to save myself the embarrassment of losing the plot due to lack of food, I did have a very small piece of chicken with my plain rice! But in all honesty it was a piece of chicken thigh which when I do the math probably was OK. What I am going to do just to make myself feel better is add an extra day onto my 5 day Live Below The Line 2014.

There is a link to my Concern page herehere
Where all funds will be greatly appreciated as I am taking charge of all cash raised and buying animals for some needy families. Thank you to those who donated so far – you know who you are and I am very grateful to you…!