Day 5 Last Day – Live Below The Line

I wasn’t hungry when I woke up. I don’t remember my dreams. But within minutes of starting our day it was obvious we were hangry. Don’t know it? It’s that state when lack of food makes you unreasonably angry and frustrated with almost everything.

We had it bad!

And perhaps we let it show a bit more today because it was our last day!

Food costs for day 5 =  $3.50 ($1.75/person) and we used every last cent today!
Last Day - Day 5 - Live Below The Line


We MADE IT!  Some minor in-challenge edits to our food supply but we made it!

Also our Live Below The Line Team has raised over $1500 for our respective charities. Mine is Cuso International. Great job Andrea Tomkins, Rhonda H, Jayda Siggers, Meghan D’Mello, Vivian Cheng and Bridget Oland We are 9th on the Community Team Leaderboard  – – Bloggers Living Below The Line


I think this will cover the biggest failures of the day.

Dear Gerry:

Image credit: Thanks to Tara Vaughn for the use of her “I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry” card. It’s available on her Print Smitten Etsy store for all your apology needs.

Though lunch was also a solid failure for me.

And budgeting got badly screwed up and impacted dinner.

Day 5 Menu


Scrambled eggs & chives w/ Sour Dough Toast 50¢ (99¢/2 servings)

Day 5 Breakfast - Live Below Teh Line

We had 4 eggs left, so eggs for breakfast and Gerry cooked.  When he cracked the eggs into the pan he hollered for me to come running with the camera.  Every single egg was a double yolker.  That’s pretty rare (something like 1 in 1,000 for commercial eggs).
Day 5 started with double yolks
But then again, I did had pick every egg in the dozen we bought.  6 of the 12 turned out to be double yolkers. (Say it out loud “double yolkers”, it’s fun right?)


Pasta with Tomato Sauce $1.10  (55¢/2 servings)


I was really looking forward to this dish and saved our entire green pepper for it.  I am SO sorry I did.  It was one of the worst things I ate this week.  My body was not happy with me after this meal.   It tasted okay, though it was obvious from the flavour it was the most processed meal we had  – with dried pasta and canned crushed tomatoes. I don’t know if I had reached my tolerance level for challenging foods. If the combination of eggs and wheat in the day did me in. If the canned crushed tomatoes were or what exactly.  But in addition to stuff I won’t describe, I had to lie down for about an hour to wait for the cramps to stop.  So much for the “good” pasta dish I expected it to be.


Pan-fried Pork Chop with Potatoes & Beet Greens 71¢  ($1.41/2 servings)

Our plan was to have a big final meal, but I blew the budgeting. In part because I was food hoarding earlier in the week.  The ingredients for our planned meal turned out to cost $2.84 ($1.41/person) but we only had $1.41 in our daily budget left for both of us to have dinner. So we had to edit. Hard.

Day 5 Dinner - Plan vs Actual - Live Below The Line
This brings up the very real issue people have to face when living like this: one small screw up can mean someone doesn’t eat!  If I was a parent and doing this with my child, guess who would get dinner.  My kid!  No questions asked. Every day, every where in the world, people make this decision.  Though to call it a decision is silly. Because who in their right mind would eat and let their child go hungry? No one, that’s who.

Luckily there was a little bit of both soups left over from earlier in the week. They had already been “paid for” since we counted the full cost of the soup each day, so we each had about 1/2 a cup of free soup which made the meal less of a snack.

Day 5 Dinner - Live Below The Line

We split the pork chop and made a sauce from the garlic and mushroom. We each got 1 boiled potato (cut up small to seem like it was more) and 6.5 beans (each bean was cut up into 4 pieces. To get more bites of beans and again to fool our brains.)  Another trick, using tiny sandwich plates to make the plate look full.

In summary

There were a shocking number of things we didn’t get to eat which were in our budget for the week, but due to poor planning on my part we didn’t get to eat.

Left Over After Live Below The Line
We are happy to be done!

We are happy we made it through!

We are thinking about everyone, everywhere who doesn’t have the luxury of counting down to the end!

I will be sharing some recipes over the weekend and doing a wrap up post Monday, so we aren’t quite done yet.

If this journey has engaged or entertained or moved you, please take a second and donate through my Live Below The Line Page, to Second Harvest, to Daily Bread Food Bank, to the Stop or to your local Food Bank or Food Security Charity.  Or learn more through the Community Food Centres of Canada

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.
This is a game for me but a serious reality for 1.4 billion people in our world today.  Help support me by donating, or supporting Second Harvest and Daily Bread Food Bank.  

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Image credit: Thanks to Tara Vaughn for the use of her “I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry” card. It’s available on her Print Smitten Etsy store for all your apology needs.

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.

2 thoughts on “Day 5 Last Day – Live Below The Line

  • May 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

    my love… i’m sorry i was hangry at you too.
    on a positive not tho… wow some great new things we need to keep on our house menu…. the sauteed mushrooms and garlic, the salmon belly, the chowder. you really stretched the food we had VERY far! it was fun doing this with you!

    • May 4, 2013 at 10:17 am

      grrrr Thanks love. It was so great having you with me on this.  I can’t imagine spending every day watching you eat, and worse smelling you prepare, something else. So thank you again!

      You were right when you said I did a lot of accounting and number crunching. It consumed a lot of my time tracking our meal costs and allocating a pinch of pepper. But I do wish I had spent more time planning the budget of our food early in the week.  I think a bit more early on would have saved us our very skimpy meal last night. And probably fed us better in the first 2 days too. 
      Here’s hoping we don’t have to do this again, and never, ever, for real!


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