Our first stop was Tesco, where we managed to buy:
- 2 Bags of tesco everyday value penne pasta - 60p
- 1 bag of long grain rice - 45p
- 1 box of 10 eggs - £1.15
- 2 packs of passata - £1
- 2 tins of chickpeas - £1
- 2 tins of kidney beans - £1
- 1 bag of tesco everday value oats - 75p
- 1 loaf of tesco everyday value bread - 45p
- and the essential, sacred, 1 pot of paprika - reduced to 45p - it was fate
Funds left = £3.15
Next, we headed to Iceland and managed to buy:
- 1 bag mixed frozen vegetables - 89p
- 1 jar pasta sauce - 89p
- 1 bunch of bananas - 68p
Funds left = 69p
Finally with our remaining pennies we hit our local fruit and veg stall and purchased 8 prized clementines for 50p.
Funds left: 19 pence.
With a collective total of 19 pence to our names we headed back home, bags full, and tummies rumbling.
All of this meant no regular cups of tea or coffee, no caffeine, no sugar, no meat, no dairy, no trips to the pub, no lunches on the go, simply and exclusively everything and only everything we had bought that very first day.
We can't say we'll be repeating some of the more unusual dishes we tried out - frozen mixed veg, passata and chickpeas on toast, I'm in no rush to have a bowl of oats and water any time soon, and we should probably take a break from paprika. However, the experience was truly an enlightening one. During those 5 days food was simply fuel for our bodies and a rationed, restricted commodity. However, this is a daily reality for 1.2 billion people across the world.
If you're contemplating living below the line to raise funds and awareness for global hunger we would definitely recommend the experience. Thank you to everyone who donated! Now I think it's time for a cup of tea..
Here we shared our experiences, and managed to raise over £700!