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Rainbow cuts through the rain! January 29th

Challenges can sometimes be a lonely experience, and I've been on a bit of a downer today - following on from elation yesterday when I could taste the end of the challenge, today it felt some way off.

Driving to B&Q after work resulted in me passing takeaway after takeaway - from independent pizzarias to chains like KFC. Regardless of what food the stores sold, all seemed utterly delightful - their wares ambrosia, nectar of the gods.

How today's £0.90 was spent:

Porridge £0.17

Minestrone £0.31

Tuna Pasta £0.42

A visit to B&Q and Aldi

Following a days work, including the now routine porridge and ministrone for breakfast and lunch, it's time for a shop.

I pass a few takeaways on the way to B&Q, stimulating a return visit from my hunger. Leaving B&Q, I notice a snack machine. I am sorely tempted to invest 70p of my remaining £1.54 on a small bag of cookies. My second destination is Aldi - I may be on a pound a day diet, but my family still needs feeding. By this point, I don't trust myself in Aldi. I'm not sure I can pass on a chocolate flapjack.

This may well have been my hardest day of the challenge so far. I don't believe I have felt closer to giving up and just stuffing my face in a glutanous feast.

Fortunately, I decide to browse the web whilst my wife is shopping. I'm now a regular reader of Sues 365days365pounds blog, and I decide to check in to see how she is getting on with her formidable year long challenge. After feeling a little low, I'm picked up by a touching closing comment on todays post

Although this Challenge is about eating for £1 a day I started off with full to bursting cupboards and plenty of food in the freezer to give me a big head start, not something you can do with LBTL week or indeed not what Steve with his One Pound a Day Diet did. Why not click on the link and nip over to cheer him on in what is his last few days.

He's done so well :-)

Sue, via the 365 days, £365 blog

Sue, thank you - your comment really helped lift my spirits. I have to admit I still found the take-aways on the way home tempting, and even briefly contemplated getting a takeout from a "yamaha" showroom!

Dinner

Returning home, I waste no time putting on tuna and pasta. I don't bother watering down the sauce this time, but unfortunately am half way in before I remember I didn't get around to taking a picture! The bowl above is a picture taken of a similar dish some ten days ago.

Following on from dinner, hunger satisfied, I check my mailbox, and am glad to have recieved another post from Eileen:

Hello again, I went back to Aldi today and picked up next weeks leaflet. I thought I would let you know the super 6. All 69p this week unfortunately. They are, salad potatoes, onions, baby plum tomatoes, blueberries, apples and oranges. Go wild with your £1-54 !!!

You are doing so well, anyone who can do what you have done will never be dictated to by a vending machine again. Ha ha. Stay strong. ;-)

Eileen, via contact form

Thanks Eileen - fantastic insight!

Conclusion

I feel much better for Eileens and Sues thoughts today - I hope they have helped me get over a hump. Tommorow is my penultimate day, and I need to stay focussed on my goal.

I'm also in a bit of a dilemma. I have £1.54, and have just prepared lunch for tommorow. I have a portion of ministrone and a portion of pea soup remaining, and probably enough food to make another meal - albeit one of boiled lentils, potatoes, and spaghetti.

So do I finish my diet with an act of frugalness, or "go mad" on a £1.54 orgy of food?

Totals to date

Cash Spent£29.46
Value of Food Consumed:£28.35
Waste£0.09
Cash to spend:£1.54
Days Remaining:02