Day 3 Total Mess – Live Below the Line

I didn’t wake up hungry on Day 3.  I’m not sure I woke up at all on Day 3. It was a slow and very weird day.

Food was strange today and I had a couple of missteps.

Because of other commitments Gerry only ate breakfast with me today.  To address this we planned to set aside 1/2 of everything I prepared or removed the equivalent ingredients from the working Live Below The Line pantry, but as I said the day was weird.

Food costs for day 3 = $1.91 per person. Over budget, but trust me I ate much less well!

Day 3 Live Below The Line


I can’t in any honesty say there were any successes. Okay the giant raisin scone was good and with the apple compote fantastic. But that’s it.  Oh and the sun was shining, that was nice.

Day 3 Menu


Lex – Giant Raisin Scone with Apple Compote 51¢
Gerry – Oatmeal with cinnamon 34¢

Breakfast Day 3 - Live Below The Line
To make the scone I “traded” 2 eggs (34¢) from our Live Below The Line stocks for 3T of vegetable shortening (33¢) from our pantry.


nope 0¢


Carrot & 2 slices of sour dough bread 52¢

Carrot! Live Below The LineSour Dough sliced
Around 3pm I realized I’d been working through lunch and didn’t realized I hadn’t eaten.  This is common for me and happens most days, but I’m usually hungry.  I wasn’t hungry. I didn’t want to eat. But I knew I had to so I had one of the 3 remaining carrots and some of the bread I’d just baked.


Juice 52¢

Gerry came home lateish in the evening to find me kind of spacy (my words not his) and find out I hadn’t eaten dinner either.

Since I still didn’t want to eat, he decided to juice our 2 remaining carrots and use our unspent budget (47¢) to “buy” 2 more apples from our pantry (40¢) and a tiny nob of ginger (7¢) and juice them for me too.

No photo, but I drank it like it was manna from the gods!

In summary

This was a stupid food day. But I spent most of it feeling just slightly stoned and content.

Note: this post is part of my Live Below The Line series where I will be on a $1.75 food & drink budget from April 29th-May 3rd.
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Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

3 thoughts on “Day 3 Total Mess – Live Below the Line

  • May 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    at least feeling stoned and content seems like a silver lining…

  • May 2, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I certainly thought so. Though it didn’t really help me get any work done during the day.

  • May 3, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    i have to say that all the wheat is leaving me a little ingrain in the membrane…
    loss of clarity is becoming evident, especially during meditation sessions!


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