50p a day til Christmas - healthily?! Weezl's next challenge...

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weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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Hello again old-stylers.

Some of you may have seen the challenge that's just finished. Could me and Mr Weezl live on £40 a month for 3 months. But more than that, could we do it healthily?

I won't bore you with all the shenanigans along the way, 'cos you can read about them here:

old-style vs the USDA head to head challenge

Well, we did it, and learnt some amazing things, and met amazing folk along the way.

But never one to rest easy on my laurels, I'm itching for a new challenge. Having realised that we've ended the challenge with some to spare (23 evening meals frozen, and 29 sandwiches for lunches:D), I thought, 'I can do it cheaper I reckon!'

So the aim is, to feed me and Mr Weezl as healthily as I can, allowing myself 50p per person per day.

We're off to a good start today, having had a freegan supper of egg mayo sarnies and crisps ;)which were going begging after a works 'do'. Our total food cost today was 12p (muesli, and toast with marmalade and tea for Mr Weezl, and a houmous sandwhich and fruit loaf for his lunch...) so we've 88p in the bank already!:money:

I'll carry on researching the nutritional profile of the thriftiest meals, to see that this frugality doesn't damage us in any way!

As always, a journey is more fun with friends, and I'd really love some companions to share it with....:T

Who's in?! (no you don't have to match the ludicrous budget!)

Love Weezl (extremely excited after beginning a new challenge and winning a 'lil prize all in one day!:j:j:j) x

...and here's the index for our recipes etc, updated to include the new challenge:

click here for thoughts about the different nutrients


recipes for foragers, elderflowers, knotweed, nettles and dandelions

puddings, especially good for fattening up skinny acetate monkeys:

preserves, chutneys, relishes and Jam

What to do with a glut of tomatoes, a challenge!

breads, bagels, baps, and baguettes

frugal pates and sandwich fillers


evening meals and light suppers

something to drink?

a healthy snack

hearty breakfast ideas

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:)Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz:)
cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it £67/£3.60/£0
january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for £40


  • ceridwenceridwen
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    Wellllllll....hello again....weezl.:j

    I'll settle back for a good view and a lot more tips from all...

    Here goes nuthin.....or rather a good deal of something (for notta lotta dosh).
  • ifonlyitwaseasierifonlyitwaseasier Forumite
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    Weezl, i'd be honoured to be a passenger in this journey you are making.

    i'd like to wish you good luck for this challenge and say "let the recipes begin!!"

    ioiwe x
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  • BobbykinsBobbykins Forumite
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    I'll be watching avidly (can't guaranteed I'll come out of lurkdom though!)....good luck
  • whatatwitwhatatwit Forumite
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    Having watched the original challenge and picked up some yummy recipes along the way.....I'm looking forward to this one. :D
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  • slowlyfadingslowlyfading Forumite
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    I'll be watching this thread just like I watched the last one - and I hope to pick up many tips on the way! good luck on the challenge, I've no doubt you'll manage :D
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  • wmfwmf Forumite
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    I'll be watching you and cheering you on!! Haven't been on MSE much lately and need to get back in here among friendssmile.gif
    I need to watch the pennies this month so will be really interested in your experiences.
  • redsquirrel80redsquirrel80 Forumite
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    Hello Weezl - wow another amazing challenge. I remember being stunned when I first noticed your signature for £40 a month, but you managed that fantastically so I'm sure you can do this!

    I might try something similar when I get back from holiday in a few weeks time, just worked out that from when I get back to Christmas is 136 days.. hmmm maybe a £1 a day? I'm not quite as thrifty as you!

    Lots of luck x
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  • kbartykbarty Forumite
    634 Posts
    good luck! The original thread has certainly inspired me and so am so happy to see this thread.
    Debts - [STRIKE]£9925.64[/STRIKE] £8841.88 :T Aiming to get below £9k by the end of Oct. :D:D:D November aim - sub £7.5k! :cool:
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  • mum2manymum2many Forumite
    244 Posts
    :T omg 50p a day wow:T
    em x
    Proud to be dealing with my debts
  • hev_2hev_2 Forumite
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    I will be watching this thread with desperate interest.

    I don't think I can contribute much, but I believe I can learn loads.

    Thank you for sharing this journey with us.

    And well done on the last challenge - I am amazed :T:T:T:T
    Always another chapter

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