So this is it the end of this particular Challenge and for the record it's time to show exactly what I have left.
In the fridge:
One tub of leftover pasta in sauce.
1/3 Jar of Marmalade
3/4 Bottle Tomato Ketchup
Virtually all of the Mayonnaise
A sprinkle of Violife cheese.
In the fridge drawer:
Most of a bunch of Celery
A handful of Homegrown Spinach Leaves
A packet of Beetroot
One and a half carrots.
In the freezer:
Two tubs of Homemade Soup
One crust of bread.
I still have a good proportion of my Basic Store cupboard items.
And when I add them to:
half bag of SRFlour,
150g Red Lentils
Jar of Red Pesto Sauce
Approx. 450g Porridge Oats
900g Brown Rice
2/3 tub of Gravy Mix
I have a good basic larder to form the beginnings of another Challenge ... so that is exactly what they will become in a few weeks from now.
I also have the grand sum of 76p leftover.
I'm wondering what I should have spent it on?
Now the shelves and the drawers in the fridge have been cleared ready to be restocked, the food in cupboards is virtually all out of bounds and we are both at the start of a fresh new Challenge.
I'll post about it soon I promise.
But for now, what have I learnt from this Challenge?
That you can survive for 28 days on a budget of just one pound per day if:
You have a basic store cupboard of food.
A mindset that nothing gets thrown away or wasted.
A willingness to try basic label foods.
You notice paying with cash makes you less likely to want to part with your money.
You can spare a little bit of extra time to both shop around, and if necessary to prepare everything from scratch.
I have also learnt that I'm pretty bloody rubbish at eating my five a day ... even when I do have the fruit and vegetables available.
It's been an interesting Challenge, we've discovered that we both like the Tesco Stockwell 20p gravy mix and the 38p Smartprice tomato ketchup, although we didn't like the mayonnaise at all. Universal Seasoning from the World Foods aisle in Asda is a very good alternative to stock-cubes or the more expensive bouillons. We've discovered a new to us Multigrain Loaf that we both love and that is 70p cheaper than our usual Warburtons regular purchase, and from now on this will be our new favourite.
A great BIG thank you to those of you who have read along, left comments, asked questions and been there to keep me on the straight and narrow, your interest has been really appreciated.
Now I have to go and eat a grapefruit ....