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The pub boss is living on a £1 food budget to show struggling Brits are ‘surviving, not living’.

Craig Harker, 35, from Stockton on Tees was inspired to try to survive on £1 a day after hearing a Tory MP suggesting people try to cook meals for as little as 30p

Craig was inspired to challenge himself after hearing a Tory MP suggest people survive on meals worth just 30p
Craig was inspired to challenge himself after hearing a Tory MP suggest people survive on meals worth just 30p

A pub owner has claimed “no one should live like this” after eating just 1 pound a day for a week to raise awareness of rising costs.

Craig Harker, 35, decided to take up the challenge of feeding himself every day for less than the cost of a Big Mac after hearing a Tory MP had suggested people could cook meals at 30p.

Used to spending £200 a week on food, the father-of-three from Stockton on Tees, Co. Durham, claims he’s lost eight pounds in weight from the overhaul to his daily intake, but added that it hasn’t “healthy eating”. .

After meticulously sticking to the diet, Craig was forced to forego expensive luxuries like dairy and meat in favor of cheap carbohydrates. Lancs Live reports.

He said: “The rising cost of everything has been popping up all over social media and the news.







The bartender was forced to get creative to survive
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“People cut everything and almost everyone feels it. Everyone says we have to budget – and then the Tory MP came out with his thoughts on the matter, but I wanted to find out my own answer.”

Craig, who weighed 15 stone, eight pounds, was just a fifth down on his last day (Friday, May 20) but weighed just 15 stone – he lost an amazing 8 pounds in five days.

The landlord used his experience to share his top tips for successful budgeting and says preparation is key.

He hopes to use his large following on social media to spread awareness of the rising prices and help families adopt the best possible methods to keep their costs down and avoid going hungry.







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Craig survived for five days on just £5 worth of food
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He said: “What I’ve done isn’t eating healthy, but I’m trying to show people that you can survive on this budget.

“Everyone is struggling to get out of this tough financial situation but if you have a budget to support your family on £5 a week there are ways you can eat.

“But luckily for me, my dad was a chef and I’m not in a vulnerable position.

“Nobody in the UK or in the western world should live like this. This experience has made me truly thankful and appreciative of what I have and has taught me many lessons that I will implement in my future life.”

Craig, who runs his chain of George Pub & Grill venues across Teeside, took to his pub’s Facebook page on Monday May 16 to share his experimentation experiences and revelations with his quarter of a million followers.

On the first day of his challenge, he admitted: “After visiting the first supermarket, it’s going to be a lot harder than I thought.

“I knew it was going to be tough – I knew living on 1lb a day and 5lbs a week on food was going to be a struggle so I was up for the challenge.”

An average meal day for Craig would typically consist of a full English breakfast, a packet of biscuits with tea or coffee, a burger for lunch and dinner from a fast food chain like McDonalds or KFC.

But after leaving his luxuries behind, the dad was forced to get creative, even turning a free burger into a spaghetti bolognese meal.







Craig even turned a free fast food burger into a spag bol
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For breakfast, Craig included a sachet of porridge he got from Aldi for 79p, a cup of tea, rice and curry sauce, and his burger-turned-spag-bol.

His favorite meal of the week was a jacket potato with hoops and a side of grated carrots.

He said: “I tried to find the cheapest options – everything I bought didn’t look like a meal, the nutritional value wasn’t great but it depends on what you make of it.

“I also got a free burger from Burger King who gave them away this week and I took it home, rolled it up and made a spag bol with the ingredients. I was creative and used everything that was available to me – anyone can do all of this at any time.”







Craig lost 8 pounds during the challenge
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Before starting his project, Craig revealed that he had spent hours researching supermarket costs, but found the rising cost of budget-line products to be a problem when shopping.

He said: “I’m a huge fizzy drink lover so one of the first things I did was find the cheapest prices on cans of soda – that was Tesco at 17p.

“But when I went to buy them they were 23p – it wasn’t in my budget so I couldn’t afford them and those prices are going up all the time!”







His favorite food was a jacket potato with tires and grated carrots
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Since completing his experiment, Craig has celebrated in style by buying an entire cart of groceries and donating to his local food bank. He added: “I want to help others now that I’ve seen firsthand how difficult it can be on a low budget.

“I’m so grateful for everything I have, but I know that budgeting like this week could be a possibility one day and wouldn’t take anything for granted.

“It was real eye opening and no one should be forced to survive on what I had.”

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