Did you know that it costs £2 a day to feed, clothe and educate a child in Zambia a day? I find that astonishingly, it costs me more than £2 to have a coffee in a cafe.
Voucher Box are working with the UK based charity Zamcog to present the £2 a day challenge. The idea is that you have to feed your family for a whole day on £2 a head. For us as a family of four, two adults and two children, that gave us £8 to spend. Which I will be honest and say I thought would be impossible to do…
But having read about the work that Zamcog do, I knew it was a challenge we wanted to take. Plus I was generally intrigued to see if we could do it.
Let’s see how we got on…
Well, £8 really isn’t very much at all, I planned our meals before going to the shops and quickly realised that I was going to have to buy the value brands and not our normal ones. There was also going to be no diet coke fix for mummy today.
- Wholemeal Bread – 60p
- Strawberry Jam – 29p
- Milk – 45p
- Total = £ 1.34
This was an easy one, Holly always has jam on toast and Alice either has the same or she has ‘fluffy’ bread. Which is basically a piece of bread. They both have a drink of milk.
- Bread remaining from breakfast
- Dairy lea – £1
- Banana – 13p
- Children’s Fromage Frais – 75p
- Tomato Soup – 45p
- Total = £2.33
Alice has a cooked school lunch and Andy had a working lunch, which meant he had it paid for. This is quite often the case for him and I rarely have to include him in lunch. Holly had a dairy lea sandwich with the bread from breakfast, a banana and a fromage frais. I had a tin of tomato soup, also with the bread from breakfast. I had substituted my normal brand of soup.
- Mince – £2
- Rice – 79p
- Chilli Sauce – 79p
- Garlic Bread – 32p
- Fromage Frais left over from lunch
- Total – £3.90
We love chilli and whilst I couldn’t make my own sauce, as the ingredients would have taken me over budget. I was also very skeptical about buying the cheaper mince option, but apart from it having more fat in it when I cooked it, it tasted ok. I was pleased that I could afford to buy a garlic bread, as chilli just isn’t the same without it. But I couldn’t stretch to the salad that we normally like too and this cost more than the garlic bread!
The girls had a fromage frais each, whilst I wouldn’t normally give Holly this again, I had no budget left for a different dessert.
Apples – 43p
Alice did complain when she got home from school and I presented her with just an apple. She normally has this, along with another snack.
Water – free
Grand Total = £8.00
There was no snacks for Andy and I when we put the girls to bed, but that is probably a good thing. Since Christmas we’ve just carried on having chocolate. The girls noticed it the most with snacks, Holly wanting one in the morning and I could only offer her a piece of bread. And Alice after school, when she is hungry and needs a energy boost.
I was really pleased that we managed to do the challenge without making too many sacrifices, but it was also a real eye opener into how much it does cost to feed a family. I would struggle to keep to £8 a day, every day, but it has made me think and choose more wisely when shopping.
For every blog post published about the challenge. Voucherbox.co.uk will donate £50. How amazing is that! For more details head over here.
Do you think that you could feed your family on just £2 a head, per day?
Disclosure: This a collaborative post with Voucher Box.