When Voucherbox got in touch to ask if I would like to take part in their £2 food challenge I couldn’t resist, I love food, I love a challenge and I love saving money! For this challenge Voucherbox have teamed up with Zamcog to help support Zambia’s most at risk children through food and education. They are challenging families to feed their family for just £2 per head for a day. Giving our family of three a total budget of £6 for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
It is difficult to believe how much of a struggle this challenge was, especially when you consider that it costs just £2 a day to both feed and educate a child in Zambia. I’ll be honest, I thought that this would be easily doable, but I was wrong. There was a lot of fiddling around with my meal plan in order to try and eat filling, healthy meals while keeping the costs down.
Breakfast – Porridge & milk – £0.54
Tesco Everyday Value Oats 1kg 75p || Approx 120g = 9p
One pint milk 45p
Lunch – Ham salad sandwich – £1.72
Tesco white Danish bread 45p || Approx half the loaf = 23p
Tesco Everyday Value Ham 60p
Nightingale Farms Round Lettuce 40p
Tesco Cucumber Portion 24p
Nightingale Farms Cherry Tomatoes 49p || Approx half used = 25p
Tea – Spag Bol & garlic bread – £2.99
Tesco Beef Steak Mince 250g £2.00
Tesco Everyday Value Chopped Tomatoes 31p
Tesco Large Garlic 50p || Two cloves used, approx = 10p
Tesco Everyday Value Spaghetti 500g 20p || Approx half used = 10p
Tesco Everyday Value Garlic Baguette 32p
Snacks – 54p
Tesco Everyday Value Chocolate Mousse 20p || 3 out of 4 used = 15p
Tesco Loose Bananas 13p x 3 = 39p
My top tips for feeding your family on a budget are to shop the stores own brands, they are usually just as nice as the premium brands for a fraction of the price, and to buy things that can be used for various meals throughout the week, for example the large bag of porridge will see us through breakfasts for quite a while.
You can read more about the campaign here, where you will also find details of how to take part yourself.