Below the Line: Day 5

I'm grateful.

I'm grateful to not have to worry about where my - or my child's - next meal will come from. I'm grateful to not have to make a choice between food and medicine. I'm grateful for carrots, imitation crab, eggs and potatoes - although I'll be happy to not have to eat them every day anymore. I'm grateful for every one of my donations. I'm grateful for every supportive Facebook comment. I'm grateful for every person who came to read my blog. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to make even one person stop and think for a moment about the issue of extreme poverty in our world. I'm grateful I've had the opportunity to feel compassion for other human beings on a deeper level.

I'm just so so so grateful.


I went back to poached for my final breakfast. I kept them in one minute longer than last time and they turned out great! I'll definitely be using these again - when I can stomach having eggs again.

  • 2 eggs = $0.42
  • Salt = $0.01
  • 1/2 pita = $0.09
  • BREAKFAST = $0.52

I decided to try something a little different for this lunch. I popped the crab into a non-stick frying pan and tried heating it up a bit. I microwaved the half potato I had left over from potato puff night and put the hot crab on top. Cooking the crab actually took a lot of it's flavour away, which at this point was a good thing for me.

  • 1/2 potato = $0.03
  • 1/5 pack of imitation crab = $0.20
  • 1 carrot = $0.15
  • LUNCH = $0.38


If any meal had to be an epic fail, I'm glad it was this one. I made up a sort of omelette with my one remaining egg and a potato. I wanted to pre-cook the potato before putting it in so I popped one in the microwave for FAR TOO LONG. It came out shriveled up and hard as a rock, so I cooked up another and it turned out fine. In the mean time I shredded 2 more potatoes and tried to make sort of hashbrowns in the oven. WORST. IDEA. EVER.

These were absolutely horrible. They looked horrible, the texture was horrible and they tasted horrible. NEVER AGAIN.

  • 1 egg =  $0.21
  • 1 fail potato = $0.06
  • 1 potato = $0.06
  • 2 shredded potatoes = $0.12
  • salt = $0.01
  • DINNER = $0.46
  •  1/10 lemon = $0.04
  • water = $0.00
  • DRINK = $0.04

I had rehearsal again tonight so I brought a carrot and a tea along with me.

  • 1 carrot = $0.15
  • SNACK = $0.15
  • tea bag = $0.08
  • hot water = $0.00
  • DRINK = $0.08
  • Which brings my grand total for the day to:


    I just want to thank everyone again for all their support. It really has meant a lot to me - especially when I was feeling really off on Wednesday. Even though my challenge is now over I can continue to accept donations until July 1st for SPREAD THE NET at my sponsorship page HERE.

    Better yet, why don't you take the challenge yourself? You can find out all you need to know at the Live Below the Line website.

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