Live Below The Line: An Introduction

Next week, from 28th April until 2nd May 2014, I’m gonna be hungry. I don’t mean a bit peckish but really, properly, uncomfortably hungry. At least, I’m expecting to be.

For those five days I will be living on the amount of money many families have to survive on week in, week out.

According to Oxfam’s website, 20% of people in the UK live in what is classed as extreme poverty. Across the world, 1.2 BILLION people live on less than £1 a day.

I’m challenging myself to do the same for just 5 days. They’ll pass quickly, though I expect they will feel slow.

I’m hoping to create awareness is some small way. Moreover, I’m hoping to raise some money to support those who have no choice but to feel that hunger every day of their lives.

At first I thought £5 for five days was really quite do-able. I’m used to budgeting – I meal plan every week and I only buy what we need. But this is something else altogether. Once I really sat down and thought about it, I concluded that I hadn’t a sodding clue how I would manage on such a small amount of money.

Luckily, the Live Below The Line website has some foresight and they provide sample menus. This is the one I’ll be following:


I can’t say I’m particularly looking forward to having a small yoghurt for breakfast. I’ve been following the slimming world plan for a few months now, which promotes eating lots and often. This will be the polar opposite of that.

I’m worried about how hungry I’ll be. I’m worried it might make me snappy or tired, that I won’t have the patience I need for the boys, that I will get run down and feel unwell.

But that’s kind of the point, really. To show that extreme poverty and living like this doesn’t solely affect the rumbling in your stomach. It impacts on every part of your life.

If you’d like to show your support you can also join in here – you can choose which charity you’d like to support; I’m raising money for Save The Children.

If you’d rather not put yourself through the ordeal you can just donate to my page (which lets face it, would be a lot easier) which you can find here.

I’d really love it it you could show me some personal support too, by way of a Facebook share, a twitter Retweet or a Google +1 whenever you see my posts about living below the line. They won’t cost you anything and you’ll be helping to raise awareness of the issue.

Thank you in advance if you decide to support me in any of these ways; and if you decide to join in – GOOD LUCK!


  1. Roxina

    Good luck and I will donate. X

  2. ellie

    Amazing, thats all I can think when I read this. You are amazing and so are all the unfortunate people who live like that day in day out. They ( and you) are very strong people. I will be donating and helping to spread the word for you. Good luck x

  3. Colette B

    I look forward to reading about it x

  4. Jenny @ The Brick Castle

    You’ll do it, it is achievable, what’s harder is living like that day in, day out, with no ‘treats’ after 5 days, no treats ever to look forward to for the forseeable future.
    I’ve been in that place and it’s not much fun, it’s very, very hard and it grinds you down and leaves you with a lot of hang ups – even now I can’t abide to waste any food or anything else for that matter.
    Best of luck hon, it’s a great cause 🙂


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