Today Althea bounced back to health and headed off to school.  The jacket potato and banana from the Storehouse obviously did the trick!  The day was pretty standard for us both in terms of food (i.e. not much!), although I decided to use up a few things in our last supper this evening, especially the remaining chicken pieces and the kidney beans I eventually soaked but never got round to using! I also added a reduced pack of green veg as we have really missed those.  This took us ever so slightly over today’s budget, but I think we came under most other days, so think we are still within our joint £10.

My husband Jim wanted to do a little experiment this afternoon and trawled the local High Street to see if any cafes operated a ‘Suspended Coffee’ scheme so that he could buy me a coffee.  It’s a scheme whereby someone buying a coffee in a cafe can buy an extra one for someone in need.  The availability of suspended coffees is noted by staff and someone in need can come in and ask if any are available.  If they are, they can receive a free coffee.  You can hear more in this BBC news video.

He could not find any cafes which understood much about this concept, let alone any that were practising it.  After some confused conversations a member of staff at Starbucks eventually remembered that they do accept payments for suspended coffees and that this money goes to a national charity in partnership with Shelter.  Sounds like a helpful way to donate to a charity which does excellent work, but it still left us wondering where people can buy a coffee for any of the many needy people in our town.

IMG_2008We have enjoyed our final meal of the Live Below the Line challenge.  It has taught us much.  I will post some further questions and reflections tomorrow, but the most important thing now is to decide whether to stay up until midnight to enjoy a bar of chocolate or not?!

Today’s Menu

Me:

Porridge 2p

half spoon of sugar 0.5p

Tea bags x 3 1p

Milk in tea 8p

Althea’s jam sandwiches that she didn’t take to school yesterday – free

3 chicken pieces 51p

Passata 3p

Quarter onion 3p

20g kidney beans 10p

Tinned potatoes 7p

Green veg 37p

TOTAL £1.15

 

Althea:

Corn flakes – free from Storehouse

half spoon of sugar 0.5p

Milk – 8p

2 slices bread 4.5p

Jam 2p

2 Bourbon biscuits 3p

3 chicken pieces 51p

Passata 3p

Quarter onion 3p

20g kidney beans 10p

Tinned potatoes 7p

Green veg 35p

TOTAL £1.20

 
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