Below the Line: Day 4

Day 4 of my challenge is also World Malaria Day & really puts things back into perspective. There are an estimated 219 million cases of malaria and 660,000 malaria deaths every year - 85% of those deaths are children under 5. One child dies from malaria every minute.

Bed nets have been shown to reduce mortality in children under the age of five by up to 20 per cent. One bed net protects a family of five for up to five years. Unfortunately, those living in extreme poverty can't afford them.

Thanks to everyone who has donated so far I've raised enough for Spread the Net for 37 bed nets!


It was another hard-boiled morning, but this morning was special because I had TEA! I forgot to use the tea bag I planned to use at rehearsal last night, so I popped that baby in this morning.

  • 2 eggs = $0.42
  • Salt = $0.01
  • Tea Bag = $0.08
  • Water = $0.00
  • BREAKFAST = $0.51


I packed up my lunch and brought it to work with the intention of having a picnic. The weather seemed to have other plans and it was raining pretty hard when lunch came around. Instead we drove and met my sister and we had an almost-picnic in the van.

  • 1 pita = $0.17
  • 1/5 pack of imitation crab = $0.20
  • 1/2 carrot = $0.08
  • one squirt of a quarter of a lemon = $0.02.
  • LUNCH = $0.47

The half carrot I didn't eat at lunch, I brought back to work.

  • 1/2 carrot = $0.08
  • SNACK = $0.08


I decided to go back to my day 1 dinner and bake up some potato and carrot pieces.

  • 2 small potatoes=  $0.12
  • 1 carrot = $0.15
  • spices = $0.03
  • DINNER = $0.30
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    I think I've got these chips figured out now. I found the "thin slice" attachment for the mandolin so I was quite happy to not have to cut them by hand again. They turned out all uniform and the perfect thickness.

  • 1 small potato = $0.06
  • pinch of garlic salt = $0.01
  • SNACK = $0.07
  • 1/10 lemon = $0.04
  • water = $0.00
  • DRINK = $0.04
  • Which brings my grand total for the day to:


    Although I cannot accept donations of food, I am raising money for SPREAD THE NET which is all about getting mosquito nets where they are most needed in order help end preventable malaria deaths. View my sponsorship page HERE.

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