Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Live Below the Line Challenge



I'm so excited because this year, I'm forming a team for the Live Below the Line Challenge.  From April 29 to May 3, 2013, challenge yourself to live on $1.50 a day worth of food and drink, to get a better understanding of what a billion people do every day.  I haven't come up with a team name yet so that gives you some time to do some soul searching about this fundraiser.  It is not easy and you will be hungry, but it gives you an understanding of the struggles of a billion people.  I'm already planning my $7.50 grocery list.  Here's my food menu:


  1. Bag of beans 1.35 cents
  2. One large carrot ?  I don't even know if I can buy 1 carrot
  3. One onion .30
  4. Turkey hot dogs  .99
  5. Can of diced tomatoes .59
  6. Loaf of wheat bread 1.69
  7. Small jar of peanut butter 
I will be pricing different food items at Save-A-Lot, Aldi, and the dollar store.  I will make a bean stew from the can of tomatoes, one carrot and onion, and turkey hotdogs.  So, I will be also living on water for 5 days, hmmm.  I think this part is the toughest because I can't have tea, juice, or my favorite hot chocolate drink.  I guess it's for a good cause.  Who would like to join me?

*Update: http://thefrugalexerciser.blogspot.com/search/label/Frugal%20Challenges



10 comments:

  1. Wow! what a challenge. I will definitely be keeping track of your progress and asking others if they've heard of it.

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    1. Thanks, I will be posting my progress here.

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  2. I will! I will! I'll be doing beans and lentils, a little rice, some green vegetables. The canned tomatoes are a good idea - are they cheaper than fresh?

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    1. I guess, it would take two tomatoes to make one can of diced tomatoes.

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  3. This sounds borderline impossible, but I'm IN! Great challenge and great cause :)

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante
    www.stephanieziajka.blogspot.com

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  4. I did this last year. Good luck and congratulations because it is a wonderful fundraiser

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  5. I did something like this in high school, but I wouldn't do it now unless I could certainly have my fresh vegetables. I'm serious about my veggies! Good luck and have fun!

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    1. KimP thanks for the encouragement because I'm going to need it LOL.

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  6. Wow, good luck! The only way I could see actually living off that is if you don't buy food at all, but seeds and you grow everything yourself. Making the $1.50 / day figure to be more like $500 on gardening supplies per year. Then it might be possible.

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    1. Beef, I like the name! Thank the heavens it's only for 5 days but eating like this all the time, really makes you wonder how people who live in poverty do it.

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