I bought a milkshake that cost me £2.30.
Ever tried living on just £1 a day? That’s 30p a meal!!
Well, we thought we’d give it a try as a team and the results have been fascinating. For a start we’ve already raised over £2,500 for Tearfund which will go towards people who live on less than £1 a day, everyday of their lives.
Here’s a run down on what it’s been like so far for our team all over the world…
Corinne in the USA
Working out what to get for my money was probably the biggest challenge. I have only been in the US for two months and have been living with a family that largely takes care of the grocery shopping! Any sort of vegetables or healthy option seems to be lot more expensive here than home – so finding anything that was going to be remotely healthy was tougher than it would have been if I was doing this in the UK.
That and the fact I had no idea where the cheapest place to buy food would be! So I laid aside all my principles and went to Kroger and bought the worst of the worst because that was all that was available to me.
Ramen noodles – very high salt content. Macaroni with little or no nutritional value at all! Tinned vegetables – they were cheap, I am unsure whether any of it will have any vitamins left in them. Instant mash – I can’t even talk about it. And my best buy – bananas – but not fairtrade.
But it really hit home that when you don’t have enough money here you really can’t afford to have principles or eat healthily – it just isn’t an option.
In talking it through with my friend Christy – it is hardly surprising that so many Americans living below the poverty line struggle with obesity as the options availble to them are so limited. You can buy a whole box of food for $5 at Taco Bell that could feed two people but nutritionally there is nothing in it, it’s all deep fried – but it’s cheap and convenient.
I am aiming for two meals a day – ramen noodles and a banana at lunch time and macaroni and tinned vegetables at dinner – and portions aren’t big. My original plan to do it the American way and eat powdered mac and cheese everyday (ridiculously cheap) went out the window when I realised I could’nt afford the milk and margarine to mix into it.
What I have ended up with is probably healthier but there’s a lot less of it. It’s going to be an interesting week!
David in Bolivia
Day 1 and my stomach is already rumbling as I eat two boiled eggs and some bread for lunch.
Day 2 and I’m realising how fortunate I am that I’m not having to measure rice for every meal on a normal basis!
Amanda in the UK
Having heard from others who took part in this challenge last week, I’ve been warned of the headaches, lethargy, and cravings for caffeine. But on day 1, I’m feeling ready.
With 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty all over the world, shame on me if I can’t live on a pound a day for 5 days.
My meals for the week are: porridge for breakfast each day, four meals I will circulate between lunch and dinner, and ginger biscuits to keep me going when it gets rough.