Wow, lots to reply to and they weren't the responses I was expecting at all.
originally posted by: Snarl
Think about all the Asian people who eat rice as their main dish three meals/day 365/year.
I actually think about this very thing every single day. I happen to use a rice cooker which makes me think about it even more. I remember reading
that when villages in Asia originally get electricity, the first item almost everyone saves up to purchase is a rice cooker.
originally posted by: Yeahkeepwatchingme
I admit it's not a lot but to be honest, I've seen people with foodstamps buy lobster, shrimp and big pork chops. So I don't know, is it your
For my birthday a few months back I saved up and bought two big steaks for a birthday dinner. It happens but it's certainly not the norm. If you
know a location though where you can live off of lobster and pork chops on a food budget of just over $100/month feel free to share.
originally posted by: caterpillage
Yeah, that's why I work 55 hours a week. So I don't have to do that.
I'm disabled and goto school full time. I also work 20 hours/week, I would do more but I'm simply not physically capable of it, there's not enough
time in the day. As is the work actually reduces my income. I get $159/week from work, but then have half of it taken out of disability and another
25% taken out in taxes which brings it down to $39.75/week. From there I lose about $30 in food stamps meaning 20 hour of work clears me $9.75.
Throw in the cost of gas and such to get to work and I end up in the negative.
originally posted by: rickymouse
My wife and I allow 10 bucks a day for our foods. We easily can make it on that. That is three hundred bucks a month for two people, but we also
have our granddaughter here once in a while and our daughter comes to stay when she is off work.
I've been on food stamps for a few years now. When I first got on them it was about $250/month and the price of food was less. I really did eat
very very well, the stereotype of eating steaks all the time was true. I had $8.33/day in meals that was enough for some vegetables, a $5-$6 steak,
something to drink, and still have enough left over for a breakfast or lunch. Fast forward a couple years though and it's down to $3.65/day while
the price of food has doubled.
originally posted by: Yeahkeepwatchingme
If I was in that situation it would be best to be vegetarian. I'm already one so it's surprising how cheap veggies are compared to meats.
If you get tired of eating the same stuff, try preparing it differently. Or utilizing cheap spices and herbs like the dried ones.
I tried but I like meat too much. This is more meat than I usually buy, I typically forego the ground beef but my parents are coming up to visit for
a couple days and I wanted to have a decent meal for them. My usual meat serving however is about 3 oz/day, so while I do eat meat it's not a whole
When it comes to spice I do use them but I'm careful in which ones I buy. I stay away from the spices and seasonings that are mostly just salt.
Lately I've been using some lemon pepper or garlic herb spices with the rice, and mixing up the flavors every now and then does help but it's still
essentially the same thing day in and day out.
originally posted by: glend
If you have access to a bit of land try minimize your reliance on expensive western food by growing your own vegetables and fish at home using
aquaponics. Also couple of chickens for eggs wouldn't hurt.
I have a back yard but crime in my town is very bad, anything that's not bolted down whether it's vegetables or a lawn chair will be stolen within a
couple days. I also happen to have no time to do my own gardening between work, school and all the sleep my mediciations force. My downstairs
neighbor who I share the yard with (duplex home) can't even leave her patio table out at night.
originally posted by: kelbtalfenek
I saw that you purchased rice. I'm not sure where you live, but if there is an asian food store nearby you can get top grade rice for much cheaper.
I buy 20-25lb bags of rice for $15-22 compared to the grocery store price of 3lbs @ $9.
I'm in southern Ohio. The closest asian market is in Columbus about an hour and a half drive north. Given the gas mileage of my car it's not worth
making the trip. This rice isn't that expensive, I believe it was $3 for a 2 pound bag. The money in those groceries is in the meats, the meat
being $5/pound and the chicken being $6/bag. That's $22 right there.
originally posted by: Catacomb
Honestly, buying fresh vegetables and whatever protein you want to use is much better for you, fills you up more, and provides more meals. You would
be surprised at how much you can actually buy. Onions, tomatoes, and peppers are all fairly inexpensive. You can also go to your local markets to
get them even cheaper.
Frozen foods are the worst, and the most expensive.
Frozen vegetables aren't that bad, the bag of peppers and onions was $1 for example. I could have bought a fresh onion, green pepper, and yellow
pepper and chopped them up instead and it would have been more expensive and time consuming. The chicken I totally agree with but freshness is a
concern. I do biweekly grocery shopping so I don't want to buy chicken and then have it go bad. That's in addition to the time factor. I really
don't have a whole lot of free time between work and school so getting something like precooked/precut chicken actually helps a lot because I can
just take a handful and microwave a quesadilla or throw some in with some rice in my rice cooker (which also steams my vegetables for me).