Rules and Extras

 
 
The Rules and Extras may be added to as I think of new things that will keep me in line, but to start with this is what I have thought of.
 
I have available £1 per day.
 
Any day that the £1 is not spent it will roll forward to be available the next day.
 
I can not borrow against future days.
 
I cannot use credit or debit cards and reimburse the account later (we know it won't get done!!).
 
I can make full use of any points/vouchers/coupons/discounts etc that I have accrued or find.
 
I can accept gifts of food at any time.
 
My personal money may be used for eating/drinking out purposes but NOT for groceries or for top up shops.
 
I will try to get receipts for every purchase to keep proof of my spending. 
 
A daily diary will be kept of recipes and receipts.
 
I can make good use of free items such as sugar, salt, pepper etc sachets from shops if I am eating or drinking in there, but I may not take more than a couple of each.
 
The Challenge is MY Challenge and although I will be sharing most of my foods, rice, pasta, vegetables etc with LH from the £1 per day allowed,  as a vegetarian I do not eat meat of any description and therefore any meat purchased for consumption by LH is outside the remit of this Challenge.  Bargains will be searched for in the usual way for all meaty items and will be packaged and frozen to get the most meals for the money spent.
 
I will not stock up in the weeks or days before the Challenge starts.  On the 1st January 2014 whatever is in the house is available for my use, anything else needed must be purchased out of the available money for each day.
 
I can go in for any competitions that enable me to win food and add them to the storecupboard if I am lucky enough to win.
 
 
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To make my money go as far as possible I will ...
 
 
Pick from nature's bounty
 
 
 
Make good use of all foods whether they be homegrown or purchased cheaply to process at home
 
 
 
Batch bake and freeze to have food or snacks ready for immediate use
 
 
Make good use of all seeds I already have in stock, although any further purchases of seeds must come out of this years budget if they are to be eaten this year.
 
 
And I will look out in supermarkets for any end of day yellow stickered bargains. 
 
(I didn't have a photo of my own for this so I looked on Google Images and found this one, it turns out it's one of Ilona's pictures.
 (MeanQueen from 'Life after Money') so a photo credit for her :-)
 
 
 
But most of all I will make every penny count, I will not waste any money, food or recyclable items.
 
 


22 comments:

  1. Quite a challenge. What is in the jars you have captioned
    Make good use of all foods whether they be homegrown or purchased cheaply to process at home

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    1. It is homemade Tomato, Red Pepper and Chilli Pasta Sauce

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  2. Clear rules to follow. I'm really looking forward to hearing about what you are growing and maybe picking up a few tips (very inexperienced but keen to learn grower here-without a green house-but maybe we could purchase one of those tall thin plasticy things which shouldn't cost too much. What do you think?)

    I don't take sugar in my coffee so on those rare occasions we do have a coffee I make sure I take 2 sachets which Mr Sft can use another time. It makes sense and sugar is not cheap.

    Sft x

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    1. Good idea, I'm doing something similar with sweeteners as LH takes them in his tea and coffee, I do not.

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  3. I think I would find it difficult to resist the yellow sticker meat, poultry, bread etc bargains that I regularly buy to stock the freezer. If I was taking part in the challenge my float would be larger and then paid back week by week.

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    1. Hopefully I'll be able to find some yellow stickered things, but as stated in the rules the meat products will not come out of my £1 daily allowance as I don't eat them.

      I know if I work in reverse I will fail the challenge, hence my decision to only allow myself to accumulate pounds by not spending for some time and not be able take from future days.

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  4. Thank you, ha ha. Plenty more yellow stickers on my post today, help yourself. I am having a rest from my food diary, but I wish you well with yours.

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  5. WOW, big challenge, great but strict rules, I am looking forward to following this one!
    Stacey at MFJ x

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    1. I didn't think I was being very strict .... I was thinking I was being quite generous with myself allowing the use of Nectar points, Clubcard points etc as and when I had them!! The more petrol LH uses on his journeys up and down the country the more points and therefore extra food I will be able to buy :-)

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  6. Fabulous. You will be a winner. Wish I could send you something as an incentive gift, but it may be a little stale from Tasmania.

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    1. Haha ... yes just a little bit. But thanks for the thought. xx

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  7. Well done you!!! And the best of luck to you!

    Love Natalie xx

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  8. A very daring although very interesting challenge!
    I'll be definitely following you.
    Wishing you all the luck!
    HelenD

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  9. I'm seriously impressed by your challenge. I fed two of us on £2 a day for a month for the living below the poverty line challenge last year, but to feed two of you for 50p each a day is amazing.

    I want to add as much as I can to our savings this year to have as emergency funds for our retirement and so I think I might join you on this challenge. I'm looking forward to learning new skills from your blog to help me on the way, and to watch our savings grow week by week.

    Can I just ask what the pound a day will cover - will it be for everything, including tea, coffee, milk etc, or is it just for food? And also do you have a big garden for growing veg, and do you keep chickens?

    I'll be interested in reading about your foraging - I began 2 years ago, but living in a city makes it challenging. If you travel too far to find food, any savings are wiped out by travel costs.

    I'm sure you will succeed because you seem to be determined and resourceful. Good luck :-)

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    1. I have done Living Below the Line for a couple of years now and I think doing that gave me the confidence to go for this Challenge, it is easier, in my opinion anyway, to be able to build up a spending fund of a few pounds than it is to actually have only the five pounds for five days as I had to do then.

      The £1 per day covers all consumables for me, so food AND drinks, but does not include LH's meat or chicken etc as I do not eat them.

      If you read my main Blog (which I will do a link to on the sidebar of this Blog), you will see that we have just moved onto around 5 acres of Welsh hillside, so I will once again be setting myself up with veggie beds, and poly and net tunnels for food production and yes, we have our own flock of free range hens which currently give us only around half a dozen eggs per day but this does increase to over a dozen a day in the warmer/lighter months.

      At the moment my foraging consists of mainly blackberries and rosehips in the autumn months, I don't like mushrooms. Hopefully I will find some Wild Garlic around here somewhere I have never been able to find it in the other places we have lived :-( I only forage on our own land at the moment, but I will have to keep my eyes peeled when out and about this year.

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  10. The best of luck. Something you'll probably have done already, but if not worth a whirl: pasta putanesca (with chilli, fresh or flakes), garlic, oil and salt - great. Or pasta with herbs (anything almost from the garden - thyme, rosemary, dill, sage, parsley) and oil. When we were starting out they were both great standbys. Spag best, but really anything works.

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    1. Yes, pasta with anything but especially with a herby pesto is one of my 'go to' meals either when inspiration dries up or when supplies are low.

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  11. Wow - this really is quite a challenge. How many loyalty vouchers did you have at the start of the year? How many times per week to do you eat/drink out?

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    1. We had a few coupons, vouchers and loyalty points at the start of the year, I can't remember exactly how many, I think it was on one of the earlier posts and they have continued to accumulate and be used over the course of the year.

      A huge boost to the M&S vouchers was the purchase of my almost new little car on my M&S credit card, we did of course already have the savings in place to pay the card off at the end of the month when the bill arrived, but it gave me over £100 of vouchers in two deliveries.

      We tend to eat or drink out on average once a week, sometimes it's twice sometimes not at all, so saying once covers it nicely :-)

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