Last edited by Hoosier; 09-23-2009 at 02:32 PM.
At some point, you will run out of sugar, salt, flour etc which are normal staples that most people only buy every so often.
I would say, do your normal shopping and then if you have "left-over money" bank it to the next week.
I think the experiment needs to be tried for a minimum of 1 month.
Also, it depends on who you have living in your house.
I have one 18 year old young man who eats a TON of food. I've kept track of what I spend on a monthly basis for years. I normally (for two people) spend about $400. But then, I'm somewhat thrifty not exceptionally thrifty.
I am going to do the experiment. I think it would be cool to have a group of us do it all on the same time frame.
Listing what we bought, for how much and then what we made for meals.
It would give us a chance to exchange some recipes and it might be a heck of a lot of fun.
Anyone really want to make this a "group challenge"??
I started this AM....
two breakfast burritos, with cheese (2 10 inch tortillas, two eggs, one (actual) serving of cheddar cheese), glass of milk.... bean and cheese burrito (same size tortilla) and a carrot for lunch, homemade (sorta) chili for dinner, glass of milk....
I am in a unique situation, as I have one store with high prices to shop from...I imagine of most people that try this challenge, I will actually have no food left, or very little... (ie, not the variety..not enough veggies and fruits, which are HIGHLY expensive here)....$48 for the week's groceries....
I can get donuts for 30 cents a piece after 4 pm though! LOL
I encourage as many people to do this as possible - keep your reciepts and meal plan and send the info along to your reps.....
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LOL! I have to chuckle, Juli. Does living in the coldest part of Alaska make you especially hungry for Mexican food?
Beans & rice BTW (notwithstanding Dave' mention of the possible lack of nutrients in white rice) does provide the total array of amino acids (protein) that you would get from meat. So, put meatless chili over rice, and you don't need the meat. You could use brown rice, but that's usually more expensive than white.
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I bought a bunch of meat last week that was cheap so I'll have to figure that in.
Not much of a milk drinker but I drink a ton of ice tea (and its cheaper ).
At least its not as bad as when I was in Cordova years ago. Twenty years ago a gallon of milk was just under $6.
Gee, this is so hard, NOT!
Hubby's ice cream, Breyers is on sale this week. 1 gallon for $2.61
We normally get groceries on Thursday night. I will post how much we spend. Should I include diapers, wipes, pull ups etc in the total?
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Last edited by ducknwork; 04-21-2011 at 05:44 PM.
No diapers or wipes allowed with food stamp money. Sorry, if you decide to eat free food you are not allowed to wipe.