Frugal Sheffield woman’s bid to live on £1 a day

Sheffield woman  Ruby Smith who is living on �1 a day
Sheffield woman Ruby Smith who is living on �1 a day
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Budget cuts are currently dominating news agendas across the country - but one Sheffield woman has imposed a spending limit of £1 per day on herself for charity.

Supermarket own brands, pasta, rice and water will be the staple diet for Ruby Smith, aged 22, who will spend just a single pound on food and drink every single day for a whole month as part of UNICEF’s ‘Live below the line’ challenge.

While the charity’s already difficult annual challenge normally lasts one week, Ruby has decided to make it even tougher by extending the test to 30 days.

“I do a lot of fundraising for UNICEF and I wanted to try and raise the bar this time,” she said.

She has been out to buy everything she will need for her week living below the line - spending £7 on pasta, rice, apples and cornflakes.

But her active social life means fighting temptation will be tough - starting with a trip to London this weekend for a friend’s birthday.

“It will be difficult to just drink my tap water while my friends are all eating and drinking, but that’s why it’s a challenge,” said Ruby, who works in the learning disability services at Sheffield City Council.

Ruby is a keen supporter of the charity and her previous fundraising attempts have included a triathalon while volunteering in Syria and completing a half marathon while on crutches.

Ruby added: “I’m aiming to raise £250 and I’m also going to donate the money I have saved on my weekly shop.”

Join the Live Below the Line challenge for UNICEF UK, April 29 – May 3, but visiting