I recently learned about Live Below The Line, an annual anti-poverty campaign which challenges people to feed themselves on the equivalent of the extreme poverty line for five days. According to the World Bank, that works out to spending less than US$7.50 total ($1.50 per day). I’ve accepted the challenge, which will run from April 29th to May 3rd, 2013 (Mon-Fri).
I don’t want to make this about politics, guilt, or anything negative. Although this is in part a fundraising campaign, I’m not asking you to donate money. (I will fulfill the goal with my own money. If you really want, you can give here to the Global Poverty Project.) It will be a learning experience for me; I hope to gain some perspective and appreciation for my many blessings. I liked how this tweet put it:
is not about starvation. It’s about voluntarily experiencing the constraints of those who don’t have a choice. @
— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston)
So… 7 bucks and 50 cents. What should I buy?
I’ve read about many families of four that claim to live on $200 of groceries a month, which is pretty much $1.50 a day per person. Getting more people to pool resources definitely helps. But since it’s just me on this challenge, things are going to be a bit tougher. I’ve gone vegetarian for short periods before, so it looks like that will be my best bet. Here are some brainstorming ideas:
Top Ramen (<-- can use the flavoring packets elsewhere) Onions Carrots Eggs? Salsa? Spices & Herbs Bananas (I'm thinking banana bread... ripe ones are available for cheap at Asian market) Hmm... Which carbs to pick? I actually don't really know what the cheapest fruits are... apples? We also have wide variety of herbs and a few vegetables from our home garden, according to the rules they are allowed as long as I account for cost of production. From what I've read, it appears that I'm lucky that I don't have a caffeine addiction. If you're a fellow blogger and want to join me with this challenge, send me a tweet or leave a comment and I'll add your link below. I might need the moral support! Andy shares his grocery purchases at TightFistedMiser.com.