Friday, October 16, 2009

Living on £5 a day

MP Andy Reed is taking the 'Simplify Challenge' and attempting to live on £5 a day. He's blogging about it at the same time, which makes interesting reading. Here's some of what he had to say about food:

We have always tried to plan our meals so that we only buy food we need each week. But again this looks half hearted compared to the need to plan in far more detail and with a strict budget. There are so many little extras that now have disappeared. I saw the figures this week for the amount of food we throw away as a nation. I's a scandal and so planning will remain central to the way we do things.

The timing is hard too. We have had some good crops from the garden this year but sadly they are all coming to an end. Our greenhouse has been particularly good for tomatoes an cucumbers and we had the last of the french beans and rhubarb over the weekend.

So ironically for me food will be a more central part of my simplified life. I thought it was going to be all about reducing my consumption but wondering how to afford the next meal puts EVERYTHING into perspective!

To put this into perspective, an income of £5 a day still puts you in the top 900 million people in the world in terms of income, or the top 15%.

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