Live Below the Line: Day One

Day one is done and I’m so happy with my success.

I’ll go through my day and then do a price breakdown at the end for those of you who want to skip all the ridiculous things I say.

I woke up on the later side this morning since I was up til about 3am reading Pride & Prejudice in attempts to finish my crazy classics reading list. I scrambled two eggs for breakfast and didn’t use any spices or oil since I have a non-stick pan.

I had a small lunch around 1pm – just a half of a baked potato with a dash of salt and pepper. I wasn’t feeling too well and didn’t have a big appetite, plus I was able to keep busy finishing up homework for my last accounting class. I wasn’t drinking enough water, so I got a pretty bad headache.

I went almost 7 hours without eating again which was a big mistake. My professor ordered pizza for our class to have after the final. Luckily I finish pretty early and wasn’t too tempted. However, when I was driving back, all I wanted was a giant plate of chicken tacos stuffed with guacamole.

I resisted and continued home. I was surprised to see my brother’s car in the driveway since he wasn’t supposed to be home tonight. I walked in my house, and was greeted by this:

Thanks, family. You know I can’t eat anything delicious, so of course you fry up some amazing pierogies.

I was frustrated and starving and just wanted to eat all the pierogies. I found the strength again to resist and went online to find a recipe for some sort of stew using lentils.

I was able to find a simple one requiring only lentils, tomato paste (both I had bought yesterday), water, salt, pepper, garlic, and onion.

I decided to not count the cost of salt and pepper since it’s literally less than a penny per teaspoon.

I used an onion and a clove of garlic from my pantry, so I’ll add in the cost to the recipe.

Lentil Stew

It took 30 minutes to cook the stew and almost an hour for the rice. It felt like an incredibly long time to wait, but I tried to drink a lot of water and be patient.

The stew made 8 servings and I used half a bag of my rice which yielded 6 cups.

So much stew!

For dinner, I had 1 serving of the stew and 1 cup of the rice, which was a very generous portion of food.

The stew was pretty good, I’m just hoping I won’t get sick of having it at least once a day for the next four days.

I’ve already gotten $25 in donations from two WONDERFUL anonymous donors. I’d love to get $50 donated from others and I’m going to match whatever I get. Please, please consider donating even just $1.50 to the cause (that’s less than a cup of coffee!). It goes right to UNICEF to help the terrible global poverty and hunger crisis. 1.4 billion people live on less than $1.50 per day, please help!

Lentil Stew

2 cups of dry lentils = $1.27

1 onion = 60 cents

1/2 small can of tomato paste = 25 cents

1 clove of garlic = 16 cents

Stew = $2.28

Per serving = 28.5 cents

Monday’s Meals

2 eggs @ 12.5 cents each = 25 cents

1/2 baked potato = 23 cents

Lentil stew = 29 cents

1 cup of brown rice = 14 cents

1 gallon of water (for drinking and cooking) = 11 cents

Total = $1.02

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