Live Below the Line: The Denouement

2014-05-03 11.22.56-2As I write this on the Saturday morning after the Live Below the Line challenge, I’m enjoying my first cup of coffee in six days. Let me tell you, coffee is delicious, and I’m kind of loving the caffeine rush. Woo!

Live Below the Line 2014 went way better than my test run in 2013. I never went to bed hungry, enjoyed way tastier food (mmm peanut butter), and overall felt okay. I didn’t even finish about 1/6 of the box of spaghetti I bought. Nonetheless, I learned a lot from the experience: Continue reading

Live Below the Line: Days 4-5

Day 4 You’ll be shocked to learn that I had two eggs for breakfast, peanut butter and raisins for lunch, and spaghetti and sauce with broccoli for dinner. Not only were there were no trials or temptations, but day 4 is the best I felt all week. No headaches, weird stomach feelings, or lightheadedness. By the end of day 4, this is what I had left: 2014-05-01 19.56.30-5

Not pictured: broccoli. There was too little to look appetizing. Continue reading

Live Below the Line: Days 1-3

Day 1
April 28th was not only the first day of the Live Below the Line challenge, but also my first day of jury duty. It’s okay to be jealous. I had to report to the City County Building in downtown Indianapolis by 8:00 am. To prepare for what could be a long day ahead, I had 3 eggs for breakfast and packed a backpack with a spoon, my jar of peanut butter, my box of raisins, and a book. Continue reading

Live Below the Line 2014: The Groceries

In 2013, I missed the official Live Below the Line Challenge, so 2014 is my year! Who knew I could be so excited about simulating living in extreme poverty? But honestly, I’ve really enjoyed seeing the worldwide participation in this campaign.

Based on what I learned from last year’s test run, I did my shopping at Aldi this year. Have you ever been to Aldi? It’s kind of awesome. Let me tell you why. Continue reading