Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Below the Line

This week, E and I are attempting to live on $1.50 per day for food. We're participating in a campaign called Live Below the Line to help raise money for organizations that help fight extreme poverty. 1.4 Billion people all over the world live on less than $1.50 a day for food and we're seeing what that is like, firsthand.

When this campaign came through my BzzAgent profile, I wasn't sure how interested I would be in it. I'm not entirely sold on the idea of giving up food, just because others are hungry. But we realized that if we do live off of $15 for a week, instead of the usual $50-60 I spend on groceries a week, we could afford to donate that money to one of the sponsoring organizations in the campaign, which help some of the population in extreme poverty all over the world.

We're one day in and it's been more of a challenge than I thought. Working out is getting put on hold because I can't afford to consume enough calories to sustain a workout. Carbs like rice and pasta are the cheapest options, so they're staples at most meals.
I thought I'd record what we eat and share the approximate cost so you can get an idea of what you can afford on $1.50 a day.

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Day 1
Breakfast: 1 c. oatmeal with 1 tbs brown sugar, splash of milk + cup of coffee $.55
Lunch: black beans and tomatoes with chips $.45
Snack: 2 oreos $.08
Dinner: pasta with homemade pesto of radish leaves, and radishes from our garden. $.51
Day 1 Total = $1.49

We both felt hungry and lethargic throughout the day, but we're drinking a ton of water - almost twice our usual intake. I'll post another update soon!

p.s. If you're interested in donating, you can do so here: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/lattelove

p.p.s. This isn't a sponsored post and I didn't receive anything to blog about it. I'm participating in the campaign for personal reasons, and just wanted to share!


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