Live Below the Line: Shopping Trip

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While I was in Montreal last week, I posted a video on YouTube explaining the Live Below the Line project, a 5 day challenge to eat below $1.50 a day to raise funding and awareness of global poverty and hunger.

Yesterday, my teammate and friend, Tara and I sat down for our “last supper” and ordered a fresh salad, cappuccino and an enormous pizza – all foods well outside of our budget this week – and scoured several supermarket circulars to find the best deals for our very low allowance.

Shoprite seemed to have the lowest prices on basic items, so after a last, longing bite of pizza, we drove to the store and spent over an hour and a half selecting our meal ingredients.
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Since we were able to combine our budgets ($14 total)  and divide the food between us, it made it a little easier to shop for bulk items and save. With that little bit of extra money, we were able to purchase the following items:

  • Bananas (4)
  • Instant Oatmeal (10 packets)
  • Ramen (10 packets)
  • Eggs (18)
  • Cookie Crisp Cereal (1 box)
  • Carrots (8)
  • Marinara sauce (1 jar)
  • Lentils (2 bags)
  • Frozen green beans (1 bag)
  • Frozen cauliflower (1 bag)
  • Broccoli (1 crown)
  • Pear (1)

These items totaled $7 for each of us, leaving us with a surplus of 50 cents to spend on a small portion of raisins, a teaspoon of turmeric powder and 9 store brand teabags.

The plan for the week is to eat oatmeal for breakfast with half a banana or pear, ramen noodles and an egg for lunch, and a lentil stew for dinner. The cereal, raisins, carrots and tea will serve as tummy fillers and snacks once or twice a day (depending on the portion size).

We began the challenge at 12am last night, and it should not come as a surprise that I am already feeling hunger pangs and I’m experiencing lightheadness and difficulty writing this post (my apologies if there are any grammatical errors). Hopefully, the stew that we make tonight will be hearty enough to satisfy a proper dinner craving, but, if not, my method will be to sleep as early and often as possible.

I plan on doing a daily breakdown of what I eat daily and how its affecting me throughout the week. If you’d like to learn more about Live Below the Line and donate to the cause, click here.

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