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How to eat healthily on £1 a day
« on: April 27, 2013, 04:58:10 AM »
From the BBC:

By Brian Milligan Personal Finance Reporter, BBC News Continue reading the main story
OMG Oh My God Dinner: one of several main dishes that costs as little as 37p a serving
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Starting on Monday 29 April, 5,000 Britons will be challenging themselves to live on just £1 a day for five days, as part of a campaign by the Global Poverty Project.

But is it possible not just to survive, but also to eat a balanced and healthy diet on that sort of budget?

Over five days, I set out to see if it was possible to include sufficient fruit, vegetables, protein and carbohydrates in my food to do that, spending no more than £1 a day - while trying not to lose sight of the fact that eating should be a pleasure, not just a necessity.

Coffee, alcohol, cakes and even salad are just too expensive. But there are plenty of surprising goodies that are very much on the menu.
Day 1: Amount spent 97p

Did you know you can buy an egg for just 8.7p? It may not be an ethical egg, and of course you have to buy 30 to get that price.
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A girl called Jack
Jack Monroe

    Until two months ago, Jack Monroe was unemployed, and unable to claim all her benefits. She struggled to feed herself and her young son on a budget of £10 a week. Often she ate just a single meal a day.
    She started a blog on how to eat cheaply. In February she became a trainee reporter on her local paper, The Southend Echo. She has just been offered an advance of £25,000 to produce a cookbook for Penguin.

But when you are on a real budget, it still gives you valuable protein and great vitamins.

So including one piece of toast, with margarine and a cup of tea, my breakfast costs me 14p.

Lunch is a ham sandwich, at a cost of 29p. Good protein, but that is nearly a third of my daily budget gone in just a few bites.

And come 3pm, a nasty thought is already beginning to insinuate itself. At first just a question mark, it develops more and more into a certainty. To start with it is mere peckishness. Then, undeniably, it reclassifies itself as hunger.

More at link. If a quid a day isn't frugal, I don't know what is ....
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Re: How to eat healthily on £1 a day
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2013, 06:55:55 PM »
Bag of beans, about .50c
Bag of rice, about $1.00
Ham hock, trotters, or other 'parts', about $2.00 (or less depending on how much)
Bundle of collard or mustard greens, about $1.50

That would probably make a big enough pot to make a balanced and tasty meal for one for at least 5 days.   

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