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My hints and tips for getting the most out of Live Below The Line

March 14, 2012

The best advice I can give to anyone taking part in Live Below The Line in May is plan plan plan! Live Below The Line is a challenge, but how much of a challenge depends on how well you plan. You don’t realise how difficult it is to plan 5 days worth of food with just £5 until you come face to face with shop prices. You need to give yourself time to go around the different supermarkets and compare prices. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to drag yourself to your local supermarket. My Supermarket website is a great way to compare food prices of ASDA, Sainsbury’s, TESCO, Waitrose and ocado.

Buy from the value food selections. These are the cheapest and best value for money.

Go to the supermarkets at around 5-6pm, this is when they start reducing food. I was able to get a bag of 2.5kg poatoes for 65p. Don’t be put off by reduced food, or think you need to eat them straight away. Potatoes, for instance, tend to keep for quite a while. If you are lucky enough to find some reduced meat (I saw 500g of lamb mince reduced to 49p in Sainsburys) you can freeze it and use it when you need to.

Check out the markets. Tell them about the challenge. You’ll be surprised how many people will be willing to give you discounted prices in the name of a good cause.

DON’T BUY READY MEALS. Unfortunately, ready meals are considered a luxury when doing a challenge like this. They are not great value for money. You will be able to get more for your money if you buy the ingredients and cook it yourself.

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