I’ve never been as pleased to go to bed as I was last night, because I knew that in the morning, my challenge would be complete, and I could start eating and drinking whatever I wanted, because I had reached the end of my living below the line challenge for Positive Women.
Day 5 of living below the line wasn’t as hard as some of the other days because the end was in sight. Rather than write a long blog about my insights and feelings, I’ll just list the things that I have learnt:
1. If you have to live on £1 a day for 5 days, don’t waste 47p of your budget on Morrisons own brand coffee. The clue is in the name and the price. Instead buy another lemon and make do with hot water and lemon and forgo coffee for 5 days.
2. Buy more fruit or bread or bring your porridge into work for a 4pm snack, to avoid the tummy groans and hunger pains.
3. If you ever feel like life is really tough, it really isn’t when you compare the choices we have with those of the 1.5 billion people that live below the poverty line.
4. Water! I waste so much money buying bottles of water every day, but I don’t really need to do that. I could probably save £5 a week by filling up my bottle of water more often and then donate that money or spend it somewhere else.
5. I have a coffee addiction.
6. Addictions can be overcome.
7. I’m now learning to drink (coffee) responsibly.
8. My friends, family and supporters have been amazing. It really does help to have all that support.
9. A simple life is a more profound one.
10. Writing a blog every night is really hard, but writing is really liberating.
If you were waiting until I had completed the challenge before sponsoring me, I don’t blame you for doubting me, but if you fancy sponsoring me now, you can do so here: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/ybiggins