Day 3: Live below the poverty line – £1 a day

  • Breakfast: 30g of coco snaps + office milk
  • Lunch: Tin of questionable chicken soup + 1 pitta
  • Dinner: spaghetti hoops on toast

Got some stick this morning from two colleagues for not ‘going the whole hog’ and having porridge oats but I argue the coco snaps are proof you can afford some (relative) luxury on £7 a week #letthehatershate

Lunch!  Time to try the next value soup chicken (25p a serving), the can reads ‘new’ so I feel privileged to be one of the first to test it out. Once opened, the soup flops onto the bowl in one solid jellylike mound… I am not feeling quite as hopeful as I was reading the label… 

A quick stir and a ‘nuke’ in the microwave and the poultry is liquidised. Time to taste…

The worst meal yet. 

Soup resembles vomit and tastes how I imagine athlete’s foot would, only not as salty. Thank god for the pitta. I persevere. 

Meanwhile my lunch companions read the contents aloud:

Water, Reconstituted Dried Skimmed Milk, Chicken (2%) Modified Maize Starch, Chicken Fat, Maize Starch, Rapeseed Oil, Sugar, Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Calcium Carbonate, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin), Salt, Flavouring, Stabilisers (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Polyphosphate), Yeast Extract, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, White Pepper, Sage Extract, Colour (Mixed Carotenes)


The soup quickly develops a film and what looks like a rash. I abandon the rest of the bowl and trudge back to my desk.

Back at the ranch. Time for my spaghetti hoops on toast! A uni classic.

Margarine was not in the budget so it’s going to miss that lovely fluffy toasty texture but I’m looking forward to it after the lunchtime athlete’s foot.

It’s been so long since I made this that I forget to heat up the hoops and pour them on the toast cold! Argh! It’s a bleak combination but I can’t be bothered to get up off the sofa, so I plough on through. It’s missing the obligatory student bottle of white lightning but I polish it off like a trooper.

Day 3 done! 

2 Comments on “Day 3: Live below the poverty line – £1 a day”

  1. Wow Al. Not heating the hoops! That’s pretty spesh. Not sure I buy the whole “haven’t made them for a while so forgot you have to heat them” line. Fairly sure making spaghetti on toast is like riding a bike or something. Anyway, you’re doing sterling work. I look forward to reading next week’s blog “how I gave myself rickets in only 7 short days”…..big love x


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