- April, 29 2013
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I want to be accountable, and report what I’m doing. But instead of writing separate blogs each day, I’m going to add to this one each day…
So far, so good, but it’s still morning, and I usually don’t eat until after noon anyway. I ate a gigantic radish while weeding in my garden this morning. We’re on a well, which runs on our solar power, and it was planted from seed, so it cost me no more than 1 cent. And it was GOOD! I’m drinking my chia seed now (27 cents). Total so far today is 28 cents.
My lentils are sprouting. I made 2 jars for 50 cents. I’ll refrigerate and eat one fifth of them a day for 10 cents per serving. These were super easy to sprout, and they are a super food that’s super cheap.
Trouble on Day One! Of ALL things, I got invited to a Dodger game tonight where they have Dodger dogs that are about six bucks, caramel corn for a zillion dollars, and you can forget about beverages! So… I’ve got packages of hot dogs in my freezer that were 99 cents. I’ll bring one dog (10 cents) and a slice of bread, and my own mustard, and have my own Dodger dog for 29 cents. Greg will make some popcorn, and my serving will be 20 cents (no butter). And I’ll bring a carrot or two, depending on what I have for lunch. I’ll bring my water filtration bottle.
With all of that said… Most of those who live on $1.50 a day don’t have the resources I’ve mentioned here. So while it’s a sacrifice for me, it’s still much easier for me to face the challenge.
Day one… let the sacrifices begin. But isn’t that the point?
I made it through the Dodger game last night on Day 1! The popcorn was awesome! And so was my hot dog! Greg got a Dodger dog, which he said wasn’t even good. So he offered half of it to me. SO mean! I said no, of course.
While we were eating our homemade popcorn, we heard someone say, “Hey, can’t you afford Dodger food?” Was an old friend we hadn’t seen in years. I explained Live Below The Line. I didn’t bring the carrots, so I ended up with 73 cents to spare on the day, so I took 3 and half sips of Greg’s beer! Yeah, I figured it was 20 cents a sip. Was that wrong? Hahaha! Imagine if I had 8 sips, I would have gone over my food allotment for the whole day.
So far today, I did my chia seed in the AM, and was so busy, at 3PM, I had that shaky “gotta eat” feeling. I thought about people who are without options, and how grateful I am that I could heat up a half a potato and scramble it with an egg = 19 cents.
So it’s 4PM, and I’m up to 46 cents for the day, with $1.04 left for dinner. I didn’t eat any of my sprouted lentils yesterday or today, so for dinner, I’m looking forward to some of those with my free lettuce, and one of my gigantic overgrown my 1 cent radishes sliced up in a salad. I’ll probably have some chicken, and some brown rice with my dinner, or one of my chicken rice soup portions for 35 cents. Haven’t made the lentil soup yet. Too busy, and I have plenty of other choices.
I know it’s only Day 2, but I think I planned so many easy ways to get by, that it’s not too hard. It’s taken some effort, planning and thought to come up with cheap healthy options, but…
I’m reminded that even with all the effort in the world, there are still 1.4 billion people who don’t have any options.
Day 3 and 4
Got too busy yesterday to post. Not that its’ very interesting to hear about me rationing spoonfuls of lentil sprouts, so I could eat corn on the cob, a twice baked potato and salad at my BBQ dinner party I cooked for my family last night! We had a great time, and I made it through another “day”.
I was weeding my vegetable garden on this morning with renewed vigor, driven by feeling blessed to even HAVE a vegetable garden. Weeding was easy while I prayed gratefulness for what I had and for those who don’t. What I’m doing with Live Below the Line is so small compared to the big picture. It’s embarrassing to even talk about it. But, I said I would, so I am. Though small and insignificant, I pray this exercise will make a difference. It’s difficult to even comprehend the daily battle of hunger experienced by 1.4 billion people around the globe.
Wow, I thought this day would never come! Most days I stayed so busy, I just let myself work til dinner. Tonight, I’m going to make my chicken pot pie recipe Didn’t eat all day, so I’m using 3 of my 32 cent servings of my diced chicken for the whole pie, along with other ingredients listed on the recipe. The whole pie will cost $4.50, and cut into 6 slices, I could have two slices! SO exciting! Hahahaha
It’s been a challenging week, but I came away with these thoughts:
- I really appreciate the availability of food, and being able to buy what we like to eat.
- I can actually enjoy pulling weeds in my vegetable garden.
- I can get through 5 days of $1.50 a day pretty easily, and although I’m finished for now…
- There’s still 1.4 billion people who Live Below the Line 365 days a year.
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