A local couple made national headlines in 2008 with their blog account of spending no more than $1 per day on food each. They were interested in cutting their food budget and challenged by the small amount millions of people in the world have to live on.
I found them when the local news featured them due to the February release of their book titled On a Dollar a Day: One Couple’s Unlikely Adventures in Eating in America. Their story intrigued me for a couple of reasons.
The cause I’m passionate about is poverty (it’s why I was a John Edwards fan once upon a time). Hunger and the lack of access to nutricious food is a large part of being poor. Learning something about potentially cutting my own food budget was the second attraction.
In order to meet the limit of $1 a day they had to make nearly everything from scratch. I do make some things from uncooked ingredients but convenience is often worth paying more. Meat is an expensive part of the typical western style diet. As vegans, this couple didn’t miss that but did sacrifice on eating fresh fruits and some vegetables as this would make them over budget.
We can save money on food but have to balance it out with the cost of time. If I use canned beans it’s a greater cost per ounce but I can save hours of preparation time.
Having one meatless night a week is better for the environment (carbon footprint), our budget and probably our health. Maybe I’ll start easing these into the menu rotation.
Christopher Greenslate and Kerri Leonard became better known than I think either of them could have imagined. Their experiment has resulted in attention and donations. Additionally, they did learn how to prepare more foods and save money.
Do you think you could eat on one dollar a day? What about eating one meatless dinner a week?
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