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Eat Below The Poverty Line 5 Day Challange

Eat Below The Poverty Line 5 Day Challenge

I saw this article on yahoo about poverty as described by the World Bank. Basically trying to eat on $1.50 per day (I read another article and US poverty level for food is $4.23 per day per person) I currently eat lots of meals out, and some at home. I probably spend $20 per day or more, not counting the occasional big meal with drinks, appetizers, etc. I think it would be interesting to try surviving on $1.50 (or $4.23) per day. See if it can be done.

In the end I plan to donate what I would have spent on food, $100, to the local Food Bank. I'll probably lose some weight too, which would be a good thing. And I'll probably have more empathy for those struggling.

Would anyone like to try this with me? You can choose the world level of $1.50 or US level of $4.23 per day. You don't have to donate the money if you don't want. You can try it on your own, or one of the suggestions was to shop together and pool money to make some better purchases, and it wouldn't be bad to have some support too. I have a location of Smart and Final, because they are half way between a regular grocery store and a warehouse store. So thought shopping there might work for 5 days worth of inexpensive food. Everyone show up with $7.50 or $21.15, and see if we can pull it off. Shop on Saturday. Eat to the plan Monday thru Friday.

Here's a few articles if you're interested.

http://shine.yahoo.com/shine-food/eat-below-poverty-line-live-1-50-day-183900617.html

http://business.time.com/2013/04/23/ben-affleck-to-live-below-the-line-with-food-budget-of-1-50-per-day/

US level article

http://halfinten.org/uploads/support_files/Poverty_Diet_Template.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Jerrys Good Life :.

    This was very enlightening. I was far from starving. In fact I have some salad, rice and eggs left over. And because I ate healthier I lost 2 pounds. I also realized I'm spending lots of money that I don't need to.

    May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    $1.99 bag of salad was a lifesaver. I actually ate healthier than I anticipated I would. I expected a lot of processed food and carbs. I think I took away from the whole thing that I waste a lot of money, I can't run to the store every time I want something, watching other people order food that you can't afford is hard, the food isn't healthy and that is a reason we have overweight people in our country. $20.00 a week really doable, I would be eating like a king.

    May 10, 2013

  • Jerrys Good Life :.

    The pictures are what 5 days of food at $1.50 per day and $7.50 total looks like. I bought a rice, bag of beans, bread and a package of 2 chicken thighs for a $1.00 each at the Dollar Tree store. I got 18 eggs at $1.03 with a coupon stuck to the package, and a can of mixed vegetables for $2.25 at Smart and Final.

    I figured I have 2 fried eggs for breakfast, which is one of the meals on the South Beach Diet. I'd have rice, bears and a little chicken for lunch or a fried egg sandwich. Then soup, with vegetables, rice and beans for dinner. Maybe have a boiled egg for a snack.

    I was surprised by how much rice was there, way more than I'll eat. Looking at it I was thinking I might need more vegetables. So switched it up some with 2nd picture.

    I removed the bread, canned vegetables, and soup. Then bought a 3 lb bag of iceberg salad for $1.99, and some more chicken at $2.00. Breakfast and lunch the same, and will have large salad with rice beans, chicken or a boiled egg.

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Jerry for the Challenge. We did buy our $7.50 worth of food today. I had some of the food already that we choose for our menu (and didn't want to waste what I already had) so I purchased alternatives in order to spend my $7.50 (to use when the challenge is over). It will be a creative week of beans, eggs, chicken, canned veggies, rice and bread. Jerry and I will welcome invitations to dinner this week. LOL

    May 5, 2013

  • Jerrys Good Life :.

    I'm not sure who'd planned it, but the grocery shopping time has changed to 3:30 PM Saturday. Hope you can make it.

    May 3, 2013

  • Simran

    Wow Jerry...that's an awesome writeup and idea...I just finished my weight loss challenge...wish you best of luck!

    May 3, 2013

  • Eddie G.

    I wanna see if it can be done short-term and long. & how to do it, I have better uses for funds as a startup entrepreneur...

    May 3, 2013

  • Judy

    Really worthwhile idea. I'm not going to take the challenge, but I will make another donation to Second Harvest! (There are many kids even in this area who lose their free lunch from school in the summer and don't get lunch at home)

    May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, out of town.

    May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Jerry - Great idea! I've spent time in India watching people trying to feed their families by climbing through giant garbage piles and sifting through junk. We are so spoiled in the US with potable water and a safe and adequate food supply. Can't join you on this one but am trying to decrease how much food I toss out and waste. Good luck! It's a very thoughtful project.

    May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for this. I just returned from Indonesia and saw poverty close up. I will participate at the US level, but won't join you at Smart & Final.

    May 2, 2013

  • Bill

    A really noble idea, Jerry. You deserve to get some serious awareness for this. Have you contacted the paper or TV, like channel 11? I think the Human Interest reporters are always looking for new newsworthy things to report on.

    May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a great idea for awareness, but unfortunately you will find that cheap processed starches will all you will be able to afford. Its a travesty what the world is doing to good clean food.

    1 · May 2, 2013

  • victor

    Is that per person?

    May 2, 2013

    • Jerrys Good Life :.

      Yeah Victor, that's per person, per day, at $1.50 for world poverty or $4.23 per day for US poverty. So streach $7.50 or $21.15 for 5 days of all food and drink consumption.

      May 2, 2013

    • victor

      already doing that for me and 3 kids

      May 2, 2013

  • Elise

    Jerry, you always come up with cool things. This would be an interesting thing to do in my line of work.

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am in but won't be able to meet up with you since I work at that time but within walking distance of the store so I won't even spend the gas to get my $7.50 worth of food.

    May 1, 2013

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