At the end of today – a day I have spent mostly packing up my kitchen and handing most of the contents to a friend to look after in the face of my pending move – I wasn’t really hungry enough to warrant a ‘proper’ dinner.
My shop for take two of the Live Below The Line challenge included whole meal bread, yogurts, sausages and peaches – all of which I tucked into with gusto today, and relief that I wasn’t facing a week of white bread and cornflakes again!
I divided the mixed veg into ten freezer bags at 100g each, and have worked out that I can have an apple or a peach every day – a significant fruit increase on the last time!
Breakfast: 2 slices of toast with lemon curd and a glass of water. 7p.

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Lunch: Sausage and stuffing sandwich (2 slices of whole meal bread, 2 sausages, 1/4 of the packet of stuffing mixed with 60ml boiling water), with a strawberry yoghurt and a peach. 38p.

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Dinner: Beefy vegetable rice. (75g rice, 100g mixed veg, 1 beef stock cube). 12p.

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Total for the day: 57p.
I seem to have made hardly a dent in my £4.85 food shop – but will have to ration the sausages! At 56p for 8, they were much nicer than I thought they would be, and I think I’ll keep another sausage and stuffing sandwich up my sleeve for the end of the week, when I’ll need some additional motivation, but so far, so good.
For those of you who followed my progress on the challenge at the end of April – I did consider trying to leave out the lemon curd for take two, but it was an absolute godsend last time, so I just had to have it! At 22p a jar it’s cheaper than any of it’s substitutes; jam is 29p, honey is 99p, and peanut butter is 62p – and none of them are quite as versatile as the humble lemon curd proved to be.
Six days left, and £4.28 of food left (plus 15p on top of the microwave that I’m not sure what I can blow it on yet! Either a tin of potatoes at 14p, rice pudding at 15p, a single yoghurt at 15p, or some chicken noodles at 15p. Choices, choices!)
Thankyou to everyone who has sponsored me so far – and to new readers, I just want to make it clear that this is not my normal diet, it’s a challenge to raise money for Oxfam!
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Jack Monroe. Twitter: @MsJackMonroe