I started this journey into low cost eating to find out how difficult it would be to only have £1 a day to spend on all of your food. This figure of a £1 a day was set by the charity ‘Live Below the Line’ to challenge individuals to exists on for 5 days to raise awareness of people living in poverty around the world .
I decided to give it a go, after my friend who helps out at our local food bank told me about people living on very little money and trying to feed their families. This could be for a variety of reasons, and everyone’s story is different.
I decided with my family to join our one pounds together and try to devise a shopping list that would feed us with a varied and healthy diet, trying to include our 5 a day of fruit and vegetables. I also decided to write a blog about our adventures so that if other people wanted to copy it they could, and since I put it online I’ve had people from all around the world looking at it, who knew?
This first menu plan led on to people asking me to try a vegetarian week, a 2 person week and a vegan week. I’m always up for a challenge so over the last six months I’ve put my family through lots of £1 weeks. I guess I’m a bit obsessed about it now, although they too are keen to try new dishes. My husband Phil, a photographer kindly took all the photos and the food you see is what we really ate, no cheating. Just after taking these pictures we sat down and had our meal.
After the first challenge where we felt there weren’t quite enough treats to sustain this food plan for very long I factored in a few cakes and desserts. I also decided to only use free range eggs even though they cost a little more.
I know in London we are very lucky to have a wide variety of supermarkets and I have used the cheapest to one of the premium ones and still managed to provide a healthy and interesting menus on one pound a day.
This blog isn’t intended to patronize anyone and everybody’s food needs are different. So none of the recipes should be too complicated, they just take a bit of effort. I myself couldn’t cook until a few years ago so I have tried to make them as simple as I can. I also work full time so I try to do as much prep work for the week ahead at the weekends as possible to save time midweek.
These recipes are ones I’ve collected from my cookbooks or online over the years and a few new ones I’ve researched for the vegetarian and vegan weeks. There should be something for everyone to help you to save money whether you’re a poor student, struggling to feed a large family, or even if you are just trying to save some money towards a holiday there should be something for everyone here. If you don’t need to save money, how about giving the money you would have spent to a charity.
Although this blog has plenty of budget saving meals if you prefer to use a book, I also now have a cook book out called Home Economic, How to eat like a king on a budget. You can order on the link above.
Some of the fabulous Media PR samples I had to help launch the book, It was scary but fun.