A Frugal Hungry Student In London Eats Decently For Less Than £1 A Meal
Though, assuming an average of 3 meals a day, this is 3 times the poverty line budget of £1 a day.
The School will attest that feeding church associates, apprentices, and ministry trainees, is like opening your storehouse to a family of locusts. They are always ravenously hungry, but are on a strict budget because of fundamental lack of funds, or being very conscious of the provenance of their supporters’ finances, and also because of the principle of the stewardship of money – that is, that what one has in one’s savings account isn’t really one’s own. Just like everything else in our lives (our gifts, our experience, our very breath), the money isn’t totally ours – God gave this to us as trustees to be used for his glory.
Yet at the other end of the spectrum, it is too easy for our sinful selves to be obsessed with saving money and getting the best discounts, to the detriment of our health (thereby then decreasing the amount of ministry that can be done) or to the detriment of our priorities in life (there being no inherent goodness in getting the best bang for our buck).
For my own future reference, here’s what can be had for less than £1 a meal:
a filling Duchy Originals English muffin stuffed with bacon (part of a 2 kg pack from Smithfields), sunny-side-up, and cheese…to be washed down with a mug of good hot coffee or tea.
“revitalising tonic” chicken soup (Chinese herbs from a packet someone brought me from Singapore – so perhaps that’s cheating a little), stir-fried spring greens, brown basmati + red carmague + wild rice