Spending Only One Dollar a Day for Food

Could you survive if you only have $1 a day for food? That's what Christopher Greenslate, 28, and Kerri Leonard, 29, wanted to find out. So the couple, both high school social studies teachers, did a month-long dollar-a-day diet experiment:

When we first started talking about doing this, we didn’t really have an agenda, or any developed sense of why we wanted to do it. It just seemed like an interesting challenge; one that would force us to see things differently.

We are interested in many of the strands related to this experiment; food choices, consumerism, waste, poverty, social psychology, etc., and this experience may provide insights that could help us better understand and teach about a variety of concerns (we both teach Social Justice in a public high school).

Here are the rules:

1. All food consumed each day must total $1 for each of us.

2. We cannot accept free food or “donated” food unless it is available for everyone in our area. (i.e. foraging, samples in stores, dumpster diving)

3. Any food we plant, we pay for.

4. We will do our best to cook a variety of meals; ramen noodles can only be prepared if there is no other way to stay under one dollar. (We have six packages and will buy no more)

5. Should we decide to have guests over for dinner they must eat from our share; meaning they don’t get to eat their own dollar’s worth of food.

The couple recorded their experience in their blog: Link | Their first day - Thanks Geekazoid!

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Woogie is bang on!
It is a wonderful idea living on a dollar a day, but you obviously need the advanced forsight or income to buy in bulk and to stock a pantry with all the basics. Now, if the government helped all the poor by giving them vouchers for the staple products...
In saying that...it is very possible to live and eat well on far less than most of us are spending. We need to go back to basics in this economy and live like our grandparents and their parents lived! They all managed to eat well and be merry on considerably less!

So stock those pantries on staple products and find frugal minded recipes...bon appetit!
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woogie was right on the money with that comment LOL! couldn't have put it better. those teachers would be more entertaining if they shoved their daily dollars up their ***
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