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The $4 a day challenge

December 3rd, 2012 at 05:47 pm

The mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Cory Booker, began his week long challenge to eat all of his meals on $4.00 a day to highlight what is like to live on food stamps. The average monthly food stamp benefit was $133.26 per person in New Jersey in fiscal year 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That's a little over $33 per week, or $4 per day.
Can you eat all of your meals on $4 a day. I think I can, but of course with not much variety. Oatmeal, apples, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and rice and beans.

Can you eat on $4 a day? What would you buy to eat?

8 Responses to “The $4 a day challenge”

  1. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Kale, potatoes, butter and daily multivitamins. I'd get bored fast though.

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Yes, I think it can be done, for one person. It would require a lot of planning, and you'd need to get everything at once and make menues for the month. Hmm...I think I'll see if I can figure out what a monthly menu plan would be for that amount.

  3. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Sounds like a great challenge. I havent budgeted a per day amount since I stayed home a few years ago to take care of my parents. Hmm..now you have me thinking!

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    I think Jeffrey did a challenge to eat on $1 a day. It wasn't much variety, or a large amount of food. I look forward to seeing how the mayor does!

  5. CB in the City Says:

    $30 a week seems quite doable to me. I've managed before on $20 a week. However, it really depends on what you already have in your larder. I assume he is also pledging not to eat food he already has on hand?

  6. ceejay74 Says:

    This week we got our groceries for about $70 -- $10 per day for 4 people, so $2.50 per day per person. However, this was rare, and we're relying on pasta for three dinners (plus leftovers). Couldn't do that every week.

    If I was one person, I could do it. Or, if we were desperate enough that I told everyone we had to eat stuff we didn't like. Wink

  7. Jerry Says:

    We just moved to Switzerland, and it would pretty much be IMPOSSIBLE here. The prices are a lot higher, and it leads to a dramatically increased grocery bill. We could have done it in Bulgaria, though -- in fact, I'm pretty sure we did most weeks. If you go to the right street grocers there you have some insurance of getting the freshest produce imaginable, and the prices are unbelievable.
    Jerry

  8. rob62521 Says:

    I don't think I could at this point since I am trying to eat healthier.

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