How to eat for £2 per day – Voucherbox’s £2 Challenge

Could you feed yourself for just £2 per day? The more I travel, the more I appreciate the little things in life, like simply being able to put food on the table. I’ve been to some beautiful countries in my time, like Jamaica and India, but it was also here that I saw some of the poorest people I’ve ever seen in my life. Poverty is relative and although many people in Britain are living on the bread-line, it’s nothing compared to some of the sights I’ve seen around the world.

That’s why I’m taking part in Voucherbox’s £2 Challenge for Zamcog, a charity that provides education and support to Zambia’s most vulnerable children. It costs £2 to feed, educate and clothe a child in Zambia every day, so Zamcog have asked the blogging community to feed ourselves (and our partner/family) if applicable, for just £2 per day. For every post published up until the end of February, Voucherbox will donate £50 to Zamcog.

When I sat down to plan my breakfast, lunch and dinner for the day, I realised just how hard it is to eat healthy, filling food on such a tight budget. It took me far longer than expected to figure out how best to spend my £2. In costing my meals, I divided the cost to buy each ingredient by the quantity used, so if a pack of  six medium free range eggs cost £89p and I used two eggs in the recipe, the cost for the eggs would be £0.15p. Once you’ve covered the initial cost, it’s much cheaper to buy ingredients in bulk as opposed to in smaller quantities.

Here’s how I ate for less than £2 per day – £1.96 to be precise:

Breakfast, £0.68

Cheese and chive omelette with tomatoes

A cheese and chive omelette with fried cherry tomatoes was surprisingly tasty and filling.

Ingredients:
3 Tesco East Anglian free range medium eggs, 45p
30g Tesco Double Gloucester cheese, 14p
20g Tesco cherry tomatoes, 5p
Pinch of dried chives, 1p
10ml Olivio Oil,= 3p

Lunch, £0.49

Tomato soup

A comforting bowl of hot tomato soup sprinkled with dried basil made for a tasty light lunch.

1 x 400g Tesco cream of tomato soup, 45p
Tesco dried basil, 4p

Dinner, £0.79

Sausage, mash and gravy

A plate of bangers n’ mash with green beans, topped with red onion gravy, made for a classic, hearty dinner. 

Main course
2 Richmond Irish Recipe thick sausages, 38p
1/2 red onion, 4p
125g Tesco Redmere Farms white potato, 7p
25g frozen green beans, 3p
10G Clover butter, 6p
3 tsp Bisto Favourite gravy granules, 6p
10ml Olivio Oil,= 3p

Meanwhile, dessert (yes, I managed to fit this into the budget!) took the form of rice pudding and jam, bringing back nostalgic memories of when my mother would serve this to me and my siblings. 

Rice pudding and jam

Dessert
200g Tesco Everyday Value rice pudding, 10p 
15g Tesco strawberry jam, 2p

Total = £1.96

Could you feed yourself for just £2 per day? Tell me what you’d eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the comment box below.

This post was sponsored by Voucherbox.

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16 Comments

  1. Rachel S
    Feb 19, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    This is amazing, it’s incredible how much you can eat for £2! Very inspiring 🙂

    • Feb 20, 2017 / 8:07 pm

      Thank you, glad you liked it 😀

  2. Feb 19, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    Oh my goodness you did amazing! I would never say you could get all that food for under £2. Well done. Kaz 🙂

    • Feb 20, 2017 / 8:05 pm

      I was pretty impressed with how I managed to do, but it was hard!

  3. Feb 19, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    This is a great post, and a fantastic cause to help raise money for.
    It can be hard to eat on such a small budget but it is possible! I often buy supermarket own brand products to be honest!

    • Feb 20, 2017 / 8:05 pm

      Buying supermarket-own brands is a great way of keeping costs down 🙂

  4. Feb 20, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    this is a great campaign and I’m impressed how you got to find a menu for £2 that actually looks quite good! Thanks for sharing x

    • Feb 20, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      Thanks, glad you liked my post. I admit it was a struggle to work out how to eat for under £2 /day.

  5. Feb 20, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    You did fantastic and your meals actually look great! This is definitely a real eye opener for me about just how much money I probably waste on food and how much food waste we have! I may have to convince hubby to give this a try with me! x

    • Feb 25, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      It is shocking how it all adds up, I’m terrible for wasting food because I live alone.

  6. Zena's Suitcase
    Feb 20, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    Wow, I think you did really well with your £2 budget. I would eat this menu any day of the week

    • Feb 25, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      I surprised myself too, but it was difficult to plan it out!

  7. Hannah | Swellbound blog
    Feb 24, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    This is such a fantastic cause, go you!

    • Feb 25, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      It was hard to plan my meals for the day! I was chuffed that I managed to include dessert though

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