Day 3 – living below the line

At the moment it’s 18.30 and I’m still working on my second book at the library and it’s the third day of my seven day challenge. So far it’s been pretty easy, but I’m starting to get really hungry since I didn’t really plan enough to make the most of my 7 pound shop.

Today I woke up rather late and decided not to have breakfast, since it was almost lunchtime anyway, and instead I ate an early lunch of chicken nuggets and chips instead before heading off to the library to work. My local library offers free internet and on Wednesdays they’re open late, which I really enjoy simply due to the fact that I work best in the afternoon and evening.

The food itself is really plain and if I wasn’t allowed to put salt and pepper on it, I’d go insane. There are a few things that I’m missing, especially on the foods that I’ve been eating so far, but can’t afford. Ketchup is the main thing, for my spaghetti and chips, but mayonnaise, beef stock, garlic, soy sauce and spices in general. I could, naturally, have purchased pasta sauce for my minced meat sauce, but it would’ve cost me double the amount for a jar of sauce. A jar of pasta sauce, the Morrisons Savers one, is about 44p but a tin of baked beans in tomato sauce is 23p for the same amount. That did it for me, plus the beans add a bit more protein to the meal and I think it really helps me feel just a bit fuller than the pasta sauce would. Spaghetti is one of my new worries, since I absolutely love it and now I seriously have to ration it to make it last. Yep, it’s that easy for me to consume 1.5kg of pasta. It’s delicious and the 20p Morrisons Savers spaghetti doesn’t taste bad, I can’t tell the difference between it and Barilla, except that Morrisons might stick together a bit more easily while I’m cooking it than Barilla and name brands. But other than that, there’s no difference and the same thing goes for the other stuff I’ve eaten – they all taste rather nice, even though they’re the cheapest brands you can find. My only “brand” product is the six pints of milk that I bought, and even might even be instore.

At this point I’m almost ready for today and I’m going home to eat the rest of my minced meat sauce with some spaghetti and prep some snacks for tomorrow (1 or 2 carrots).

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