Could you feed your family for a day for £2 a head?
These kids eat a lot, but they are fairly fussy about what they do eat. They're toddlers after all. I am not the world's best cook - I have neither the time nor the inclination to cook nutritious meals from scratch that the kids can scream at and roundly reject whilst demanding pizza - and I often reach for pre-sliced convenience foods which I know cost a ridiculous amount but honestly who wants to cut up a stir fry when you can get it all nicely chopped up in a bag? You definitely can't buy a decent wine for that; not even just a glass.
For each blog post published about the £2 Challenge, Voucherbox.co.uk have pledged to donate £50 to Zamcog to feed and educate Zambia's at-risk children.
I do realise that I am lucky to have the luxury to spend on food without worry. So I thought I'd take up the challenge and see if it really was as hard as I imagined it would be. I quickly realised we weren't going to be able to get any kind of quality meat on this budget; something that we do enjoy most days. It has inspired me to try more meat-free days.
Crumpets - 50p
Milk - 40p
Total - £0.90
I want cereal! I don't like this. Crumpets are horrible.
Apples - 70p
Running total - £1.60
Half a loaf - 50p
Cheese - Half a block - £1
Half cucumber - 30p
Big bag of crisps to share - £1
Grapes - £1
Running total - £5.40
Can I have more crisps? I want more crisps. I don't like cucumber. Make it go away!
Pasta - Bag 85p
Peas - Some from bag 25p
Onion - 16p
Cream cheese - £1
Two yoghurts for the kids - 34p
Running total - £8
If it was just Doug and I, we would probably be quite easy to please. We eat most things and as fully-grown adults are capable of going without should we need to. Feeding toddlers a healthy, balanced diet on a budget is, it emerges, much much harder. Particularly as I don't have particularly long to cook and, I'll be honest, I hate doing it.
We didn't actually manage our five fruit and veg (we'll survive, it isn't the first time), and we only just made it under budget to be honest. The kids snacked on grapes and cheese but complained because they would usually have a wider choice.
I challenge Alice from Living with a Jude and Sarah from Tammymum to have a bash.
Hopefully they can do it more inventively than I!
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