Feed yourself on £1 a day

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Hi fellow experts!

I'm a long time lurker, but finally signed up today so be gentle :)

I've set myself a challenge. To live on £1 a day for the next 365 days, beginning on February 20th. My reasoning is numerous, but in short I was appauled to find I was spending around £250 a month on food alone just for me. My new year resolution is to be debt-free by January 2010, and to do this I need to cut back on unnecessary spending like extravagent food, and use it to better goals.

I figured it'd be a fun journey to document online, blog-style. Recipes, ups, downs, challenges and frustrations for others to learn by and try for themselves. While you need not go as far as I have, if you're trying to feed a family for less, perhaps you can grab some ideas and just scale them up? As an added twist, I'm not looking to do just the cheapest. I want the healthiest I can possibly manage. We often hear in the news how "healthy living is expensive", so I want to try and disprove that as well.

For those of you interested in how I get on, I'll be posting at least once per day for the next year at [ redacted ].

.. in a moment of self-inspection .. I must be mad. But it'll be fun... I hope.

Lee
Starting Debt: ~£20,000 01/01/2009. DFD: 20/11/2009 :j
Do something amazing. GIVE BLOOD.
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  • savemoney
    savemoney Posts: 18,127 Forumite
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    Good idea Lee however you cant advertise your web site. So perhaps its best just to edit that link and post updates
  • LeeSouthEast
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    Link removed. Can I ask why? It's not commercial.. just my blog.
    Starting Debt: ~£20,000 01/01/2009. DFD: 20/11/2009 :j
    Do something amazing. GIVE BLOOD.
  • savemoney
    savemoney Posts: 18,127 Forumite
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    I know and granted it isnt but its the rules no advertising, it will open the flood gate you see.

    You could email [EMAIL="abuse@moneysavingexpert.com"]abuse@moneysavingexpert.com[/EMAIL] and ask for approval and they may sanction it, just a thought

    I like the idea. Seem to recall someone last year waging a bet to live on a £1 for a year

    Here you go http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1052710/How-cash-strapped-teacher-beat-credit-crunch-living-1-day-YEAR-drunken-bet.html
  • LeeSouthEast
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    That was in part the inspiration. :) Although she seemed to just be aiming for 5p packs of donuts lol. I wanted something a little more sustainable than that.

    If anyone wants to know the address of my website, it's in my profile page. There's a space for personal websites to be listed there, and I have done so. Just click in my name to the left. :(
    Starting Debt: ~£20,000 01/01/2009. DFD: 20/11/2009 :j
    Do something amazing. GIVE BLOOD.
  • savemoney
    savemoney Posts: 18,127 Forumite
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    I have asked a board guide hopefully it should be okay but needs to be sanctioned
  • LeeSouthEast
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    Thanks. Hopefully it'll be ok. It's on-topic and non-commercial and fun. :)
    Starting Debt: ~£20,000 01/01/2009. DFD: 20/11/2009 :j
    Do something amazing. GIVE BLOOD.
  • savemoney
    savemoney Posts: 18,127 Forumite
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    Hope you understand, mse gets a lot of spam and people trying to get round the rules. I realise your not that. Good luck anyhow. It would be interesting reading

    This forum may give you some tips on making money go further

    MoneySaving Old Style
  • Crabman
    Crabman Posts: 9,943 Forumite
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    Hi Lee

    This is something the forum team will be able to help with (BG's aren't responsible for these issues), so please do email [EMAIL="abuse@moneysavingexpert.com"]abuse@moneysavingexpert.com[/EMAIL] (from the same email address you've registered with the forum) to ask.

    Sorry I can't help further :)
  • DebbieMids72
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    Well done Lee, what a great idea. Please keep us informed of your progress :)
  • LeeSouthEast
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    I understand. Thanks for your guidance. I'll drop them an email and see how it goes.
    Starting Debt: ~£20,000 01/01/2009. DFD: 20/11/2009 :j
    Do something amazing. GIVE BLOOD.
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