In November 2008, I read a New York Times article about how poor quality food is cheaper than high-quality food (a widely accepted belief that I generally disagree with). The article talked about a couple in California who were attempting to raise awareness of poverty by eating for $1 a day.

Didn’t go so well.

A month of tortillas and popcorn and pb&js. Hungry. Cranky. Tired of the monotony.

One of the participants was quoted saying “I challenge anyone in America to eat fresh food on $1 a day.”

This is a challenge I cannot refuse.

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  1. Karla Says:

    Good for you!

    As you know, we did this as well in January and found to a be very humbling and worthwhile project.

    We invite everyone to read thru our archives (January) on our blog to learn more about our “Dollar-A-Day” Challenge, as well.

    Our projects continue…in February, we lived as Freegans (Freegan February Challenge) and now here in March, we’re doing a project that we’ve called “Helping Hands” – helping someone in need every day…..a “pay it forward”….”random act of kindness” mix.

    Again…congrats on a job well done – hang in there and best of luck to you!

    Karla n’ Amy

  2. djteknokid Says:

    I just recently found your blog.
    I am currently in the middle of the similar challenge as well.
    You can read about it here

    I have to say it is not a very easy thing to live $1 a day in this country. I am on day #11 and I so wish that I had better strategy. I am now down to $5 and I have 9 more days to go.

    Good luck with your project.

  3. lessisenough Says:

    I just looked at the $20.09 for 20 days project and not sure if you’re going to make it.

    Had you asked before starting, I would have advised against a few things — orange juice, for instance, is expensive and not only is it not filling, but the sugar rush might actually make you hungrier; lettuce also has not a lot of nutrients and isn’t particularly filling so not the best option when you’re really limited in funds.

    You were able to get a good price on bread, but bread isn’t that filing either, even with peanut butter. Spinach is an okay idea but you would have been better off with frozen spinach rather than fresh because you wouldn’t have had to worry about it going bad, and also it probably would have been cheaper. You might be able to parboil your spinach and freeze it before you lose it; I’ve never actually tried that so not sure if it would work.

    The eggs and potatoes were a good call. I would have tried to get some actual meat rather than hot dog/sausages. You can do more with a piece of chicken because of the fat/skin/bones etc. But since you have sausages, I would cut those up into small pieces and mix with the pasta rather than eating them whole. It will feel like more food if it’s in smaller pieces and everything mixed together.

    If you are going to try to stick it out, I recommend you drop to one meal a day — it doesn’t seem logical, but you’ll be less hungry if you eat less often. See if you can make it until the end of the day (5pm) then eat whatever you have allotted (sp?) for that day. Check out info on intermittent fasting or “fast 5” for more info on that.

    Good luck.

  4. Jeff Scherer Says:

    Veggies and beans are inexpensive. Make more of each kind to have leftovers which you purposely over cook with seasoning to add as topppings of a different flavorful kind of veggatable as a partly pureed sauce over todays meals.

    Also the crust of bread ripped into pieces small sauteed in butter simply added to say Noodles or beans or an egg is very tasty. Seasoned Butters.

    These can be done if you can split spice between several families to share costs or spend more but in lower limit a few random days amonth but only if you need spices.

    Fruits expensive! I had an idea once to take a can of fruit juice add sugar and soak cucumber slices to absorb the flavor(a dash of salt might be need to soak up the flavor).

  5. Joanne Says:

    Please can you add me to your mailing list. Thanks

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