The governor of Oregon is on a crusade to show how tough it is to have only food stamps by spending only $ 21 for a week on food. Reading articles about his difficult task shows that people like this have no real idea of economy. For example the article describes the governor going for the organic bananas before heading for the regular ones. In the spirit of the things I’ll try to construct a $3 a day diet with not much repetition.
1. Supplies-2 pounds of pasta and a jar of sauce
Meals Supplied- 5
This alone is an easy way to reduce costs. I would have done more, but I thought that some variety would be better
2. Supplies- White Bread and a jar of peanut butter
Cost $3-4 (I’m purposely being pessimistic and not including the savings from using the jar of peanut butter for the next week, the same applies for the pasta sauce.)
Meals supplied 4
3. Supplies 4 Ramen Noodle Containers
Cost- Around $1.50
Meals supplied- 2
4. Supplies-Cereal and Milk
5. Beans and Hot dogs (chicken)
Meals supplied- 3
6. Chicken and Mashed potatoes
There, without much effort I constructed a diet which has nutritional value and is completely paid for. In fact within a week or two you could be adding some fruits and vegetables into your meals with the money you save on the excess supply. In fact I used pessimistic conditions for this exercise. In fact all this tells me is that people who plan properly can eat better than any other time in history for no cost. Maybe we should cut food stamps a bit?