I've been away this last weekend and therefore off challenge. It gave me time to think about how it's all going and the way forward after this cycle finished. There are a few different options.
1. Carry on just as it is.
2. Stop the challenge.
3. Ease off somewhat - maybe do a 45-30 instead so it's £1.50 a day.
These are the ones that come to mind.
1. is the one that appeals but I have niggling concerns as the summer approaches - salad veg aren't that cheap, for example. However, I have planters and garden containers and I also have packets of seeds and always grow tomatoes from seedlings my lovely dad gives me. I could plant carrots and 'leaves' (various types of lettuce) and then pick for almost nothing, especially if I subtract the cost of the seeds.
2. isn't at all acceptable. I have gained such a lot from doing this, both in terms of health and financially. I'm losing weight and really NEED for this to continue more long term. So 2 is out, totally!
3. also appeals but not for 30 days. I do have things in the freezer than are there to be used - I have paid for them, after all - but they don't work with a pound a day. I also have a book entitled One Pound Meals and I am longing to try out some of the recipes. If I had £1.50 a day, I could try these out and not go over budget as the general guideline is 20p for breakfast, 30p for lunch and 50p for dinner although it's often less.
So I am pondering. £30 is frugal but £45 is also pretty frugal. We're talking about a whol month, after all.
Any advice? Any ideas or suggestions? Any other options? Please do feel free to comment.