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Economics of Eating: No Hunger on 50 cents per day!

 
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08/06/2010 01:56 AM
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Get some food grade plastic pails.

Wash them out, dry them and store unopened bags of flour, dried beans/peas and lentils.

At worst, you can use then bit by bit over the winter.

You can save by making purchases when they go on sale.
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08/06/2010 04:50 PM
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Re: Economics of Eating: No Hunger on 50 cents per day!
Get some food grade plastic pails.

Wash them out, dry them and store unopened bags of flour, dried beans/peas and lentils.

At worst, you can use then bit by bit over the winter.

You can save by making purchases when they go on sale.
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I already keep everything in air tight plastic bins.

Since I live deep in the countryside surrounded by grain crops, mice are a huge problem!

So all food gets sealed in bins, including animal feed.

I have to say I am really interested in the use of nitrogen gas for long term storage though. This just makes sense, to keep a few months or more fod on hand at all times, especially if it can be done for less than a hundred dollars or so, maybe two hundred? I know, if I can find a good source, a mill or something, that buying in bulk will really help a lot. maybe a food co-op if I can find one?

After this month my food budget will relax, though, I think. After all, this is just a test to see how well very inexpensive eating works, what problems come up and so on. A lot of people talk about such things, but I find that doing it is teaching me so much more than I thought it would.

I will try mainly adding more vegetables and fruits for a while and still keep the cost per day down to under two or three dollars.While i am used to eating a lot of vegetables in the normal course of things, I can't say I really miss them yet. No particular hunger or strong food cravings so far!
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Re: Economics of Eating: No Hunger on 50 cents per day!
Wow! I won't mention the site name, but someone at another (generally more polite than this one...) web board just freaked on me AND sent me an e-mail about it (which is how I know about it at all) saying that I am EVIL for running this experiment!

Apparently I am showing people that meat and dairy are too expensive and this is ticking someone off!

LOL!

I am so writing about this today. I never expected anyone to call me EVIL for following a strict budget!

I guess there all types in the world, but I don't understand this one at all.

But be warned I guess, being frugal is now a sin in the eyes of the lord!

(To good Christians that don't believe this, please note, I am quoting the e-mail I was sent.)
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08/06/2010 06:14 PM
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Re: Economics of Eating: No Hunger on 50 cents per day!
wisebread.com has some really good ideas on eating cheap.

I also like their forum

really good ideas there.
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Re: Economics of Eating: No Hunger on 50 cents per day!
wisebread.com has some really good ideas on eating cheap.

I also like their forum

really good ideas there.
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Thanks I am checking that out directly!
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Re: Economics of Eating: No Hunger on 50 cents per day!
wisebread.com has some really good ideas on eating cheap.

I also like their forum

really good ideas there.
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I took a look at the site and while it does not have a lot that really relates directly to what I am currently doing (Most of their suggestions are too "rich" for this project!) it seems to have a lot of information about saving money in general.

I recommend people go and give it a look! Well, if they are interested in saving money that is.

*I have no affiliation with wisebread.com what so ever and never heard about it before today. Still, it seems like it is worth taking a look at.
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08/06/2010 09:19 PM
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Re: Economics of Eating: No Hunger on 50 cents per day!
my son and I are making it off of $50 per week and he is a teen (likes to eat) and that 50 includes toliet paper, dish soap clothes soap, and dog food... and anything else we need other than basic bills.

I would love to have a noce $25 meal at a resturant again...
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08/06/2010 09:24 PM
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Re: Economics of Eating: No Hunger on 50 cents per day!
Dumpster diving.

I used to have a job at a local zoo in the summer (college daze) and we would get a weekly truck load of meat and food stuffs from the local supermarket.

Some we could use, the rest was trash.

There was all sorts of canned and prepared foods, pastas, breads etc that went in the trash because of the best before date.

So they gave this stuff to the zoo, and the meat, eggs and fruit and veggies were welcome, but the rest could have gone to a homeless shelter and they would have had good food.

I notice that supermarkets padlock their bins.

Why?

So poor and desperate people won't get the food for free.
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Even if you return canned goods and unopened non-perishable food they will throw it right out. They say this is just in case someone has tampered with it and then if anyone eats it and gets sick the store can get sued. So sad.
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08/06/2010 09:27 PM
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Re: Economics of Eating: No Hunger on 50 cents per day!
my son and I are making it off of $50 per week and he is a teen (likes to eat) and that 50 includes toliet paper, dish soap clothes soap, and dog food... and anything else we need other than basic bills.

I would love to have a noce $25 meal at a resturant again...
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Maybe when he turns 16 he can get a job and help out. Teens have a better chance of getting jobs that older people these days.
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Re: Economics of Eating: No Hunger on 50 cents per day!
my son and I are making it off of $50 per week and he is a teen (likes to eat) and that 50 includes toliet paper, dish soap clothes soap, and dog food... and anything else we need other than basic bills.

I would love to have a noce $25 meal at a resturant again...
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I haven't even begun to calculate all the other expenses! I hope you will make it all right!

No restaurants for me for a while either though.
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08/08/2010 01:22 AM
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Re: Economics of Eating: No Hunger on 50 cents per day!
Some of you may have noticed that I didn't update the "Economics of Eating " Yesterday on dalepower.net

Don't worry! I haven't fallen off the wagon or given up!

We had wild fires take down the power grid for a few hundred homes in my area, and lucky me, my home was one of them!

Provided the power stays on there will be an update in about an hour.

Tomorrows updates (I will be doing two days tomorrow) will be, I hope, interesting, as I get to go over trying to survive on .50 cents of food with no way to cook anything...

(Wild fires mean nothing with flame can be used safely!)

Did it though!

My apologies to anyone that went looking for an update, or to read the new daily article that didn't apear, they will be there shortly!
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08/08/2010 02:00 AM
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I was at the grocery store yesterday and noticed cereal and crackers prices are up quite a bit. Crackers that sell for $2.50- $3.00 normally are up to $3.99 a box. Cereal that sells for $3.25-$3.75 is now over $4 a box.
This may be why:

Food crisis fears hit stock market

[link to story.birminghamstar.com]

Russia’s devastating wildfires and rampant flooding in Pakistan, coupled with a heat wave across much of Eastern Europe, has sent wheat prices soaring by 25% in the last week and are hitting the share prices of brewers and food producers.
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Wheat Prices Spike in Kansas
KEYC - ‎1 hour ago‎
The drought in Russia is causing wheat prices to spike in Kansas.Farmers have seen prices go up and down in recent months... but lately the prices are just ...

[link to www.keyc.com]

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Wheat rots in India as world prices at 2 year high
The Associated Press - Erika Kinetz - ‎Aug 6, 2010‎
MUMBAI, India — A wheat stockpile in India that could feed 210 million people for a year is starting to spoil because the government lacks enough ...

[link to www.google.com]
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08/08/2010 02:42 AM
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Re: Economics of Eating: No Hunger on 50 cents per day!
Wheat prices up by 25% suddenly? That does explain a lot.

Africa is always hard hit when this happens, as they have the least to spend on food, and right now West Africa is in the middle of a sever drought and famine.

Complete with locust attack earlier in the year, making food in some areas incredibly hard to come by already.

Most people in the U.S. Even on this board, probably won't catch on to this until it effects them personally.

I think it is time to start looking into and setting up Fall gardens. Cold weather vegetables that keep well.

Store up some extra flour, rice and oil now, and canned goods if you can afford them.

Things don't have to become "DOOM" to get uncomfortable...
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08/08/2010 02:45 AM
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Re: Economics of Eating: No Hunger on 50 cents per day!
Read the subject line carefully:

".50 cents per day"

That is HALF A CENT A DAY.

Fitty cents per day is .50 dollars per day.
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08/08/2010 02:47 AM
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Re: Economics of Eating: No Hunger on 50 cents per day!
Read the subject line carefully:

".50 cents per day"

That is HALF A CENT A DAY.

Fitty cents per day is .50 dollars per day.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1059765


You are correct.

Would 50 cents a day work as well?

Most people wouldn't get 50 dollars...

fixing now for correct ness.

Thanks for th input.
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08/08/2010 02:51 AM
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Re: Economics of Eating: No Hunger on 50 cents per day!
Read the subject line carefully:

".50 cents per day"

That is HALF A CENT A DAY.

Fitty cents per day is .50 dollars per day.


You are correct.

Would 50 cents a day work as well?

Most people wouldn't get 50 dollars...

fixing now for correct ness.

Thanks for th input.
 Quoting: Pax


You could put "50 cents per day", that should be clear to everybody. Or "$0.50 per day", should be clear too.
Pax (OP)

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08/08/2010 02:53 AM
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Re: Economics of Eating: No Hunger on 50 cents per day!
Read the subject line carefully:

".50 cents per day"

That is HALF A CENT A DAY.

Fitty cents per day is .50 dollars per day.


You are correct.

Would 50 cents a day work as well?

Most people wouldn't get 50 dollars...

fixing now for correct ness.

Thanks for th input.


You could put "50 cents per day", that should be clear to everybody. Or "$0.50 per day", should be clear too.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1059765


Thanks! Fixing the web site too. I have a brain around here somewhere. Honest!
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08/09/2010 12:00 AM
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Re: Economics of Eating: No Hunger on 50 cents per day!
This is a month long (ongoing at this time) series. Each day the author has to find a way to eat at least 2,000 calories on as little money as possible.

Could you do it? (Probably! I have faith in my fellow GLP'ers!)

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With hard economic and environmental times upon us, (very soon, already
started in most places) it seems wise to have an action plan, to know what can
be done to survive and to not make things worse in the world, if that is at all
possible.

So my first idea is pretty simple, at least on paper, find out how much I can
reduce my food budget for a month and document it, so that others can see for
themselves what might be done, and mainly so that I can find out how hard (or
easy) it is to do.
Not wanting to wait too long for perfect conditions, because after all,who gets perfect in hard
times? I have decided to begin this trial, test (whatever it should be called...) on August first,
2010. This gives me about two weeks from the point of the original idea to the start of the
project.

In practical terms this means eating on somewhere between 48 and 80 cents per day for a
whole month. (See the “Rules” below for why it has to be so high...)

End Clip.

Link to more: (Updating daily)

[link to dalepower.net]
 Quoting: Pax


I'm your new fan! You rock! I wish I was willing to do hard things like this and help others in the process. The information on your web-site is some of the most practical and useful I have seen on psychic topics and trust, I've looked! What are you going to do next month? You said on your site that you would be doing something different. Are you open to suggestions?

For years I have wanted to put together an emergencies food supply, but didn't ever have the extra cash, but what you are doing I could put together for about twenty bucks a month or less! Thanks for that.
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08/09/2010 09:35 PM
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Re: Economics of Eating: No Hunger on 50 cents per day!
I'm your new fan! You rock! I wish I was willing to do hard things like this and help others in the process. The information on your web-site is some of the most practical and useful I have seen on psychic topics and trust, I've looked! What are you going to do next month? You said on your site that you would be doing something different. Are you open to suggestions?

For years I have wanted to put together an emergencies food supply, but didn't ever have the extra cash, but what you are doing I could put together for about twenty bucks a month or less! Thanks for that.
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Wow! Thank you!

Next month I am planning to do a series on non-violent (but highly effective) self defense techniques.

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