So I was coming back from Martin's brother's this evening and had to pop into Tesco. I didn't have to pop into Tesco actually, I had to buy something to crack a £10 note for a bus fare tomorrow or the driver will have a face like a slapped arse if I hand it over for a £3 journey.
So, I figure I'll skulk around the reduced sections to try and find something very cheap, preferably something that could be swapped in for my evening meal tonight.
Sure enough, a seven inch fresh sausage roll in the deli section has my name on it for 23p. Then there was a pot of Finest cumin spiced new potatoes with chickpeas and spinach salad for 31p.
Emboldened by my finds I zoom over to the bread section. Oh yes! Four raisin and cinnamon bagels for 34p. Score! Straight into the freezer and I'll defrost and toast one each morning for my breakfast.
So my evening meal has cost me 54p and my breakfast for the next four days stands me in at 8.5p. All I need now is for the chickens to lay an egg each day and my cheapo breakfast will have a free source of protein too (they won't though. Too young at the moment). Full price these three items would have cost the small fortune of £5.90 - I got them for 88p.
This all got me thinking I wonder if I could live on less than a £1 a day for food if I tried hard? A quick search online revealed that this is called Living Below the Line (LBTL), and in fact this year's UK challenge to LBTL for five days starts on 28th April. You start with nothing but £5 and make it stretch for food for five days.
Then my brain got all serious on me and said how silly that was as a box of teabags costs about a quarter of that. Then I got annoyed with myself for even thinking something like that. As if I can't go without a cup of tea for five days. Purleasssssse. Of course I can. Can I? Ummmmm.....as it turns out a box of 80 value tea bags is 27p, but I might have to draw the line there - we all know at that price they're made from the stuff that's swept up off the factory floor. and the next cheapest type is 80 normal teabags for 79p. That's still a lot of money out of that £5 to spend on a beverage, espcially when the beverage has to have milk at 49p a pint. You can buy 4 pints for a pound, but that's a fifth of my food budget so I'd have to be making some food with that. Pancakes? Mmmmmmmm...pancakes. But that needs oil so I'd have to buy that...aarrggggggghhhh.
Glossing over my fear of caffeine withdrawal it occured to me I probably couldn't have anything sweet for the week either unless I found a reduced pudding. A pack of sugar is 79p, and to do something with it I'd have to buy more ingredients.
Then there's meat. Proper meat is probably out of the question as it will be to expensive, even if it were reduced. Might strike it lucky with very cheap sausages and sausage based products like the one I had tonight.
This is all starting to feel a bit desperate...no caffienated hot drinks, no sugar, no real meat, just what do I eat during those 5 days?