This year I am repeating the Lent challenge of trying to eat for £1 a day, more or less. A bit more on weekends. So probably a budget of £10 for a week, compared to my usual £25-30.
Last year, facing the shelves in Asda with only £10 in cash was a sobering experience.
I set out below what the ‘rules of the challenge’ are:Basic premise is that I will try to spend £1 per day Monday to Friday, possibly £1.50 at weekends (because I am at home, eat more and let’s face it, am not superhuman)
- This includes getting 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
- Things in my cupboard get costed as they are used except for tiny amounts of things (flour and Lazy Chilli spring to mind)
- If you offer to take me out for lunch, I will accept, but I won’t solicit lunch invitations from you just to assist the challenge
- It doesn’t include a meal out that’s already been booked without realising it was in Lent. I probably won’t include the time in Lboro mid-March when I’m in Loughborough. And the friends that are visiting the week before are going to be exempt, too.
Here are a couple of questions:
If I stay late at work and I use the dinner service here, should I count that?
We have fruit provided – should I count that, too?
I am minded not to count these but perhaps keep a track of the approximate cost to see what an added benefit they would count as. Is that cheating? I can’t decide – if this was for real, and I was in a low pay role with meals included, it would not affect my overall budget.