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Old 09-20-2007, 09:59 AM   #21
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I like your "involuntary vegetarian"!
We had a really imaginative young hippie volunteer when I worked at Habitat that called himself an opportunivore! I loved that--he would eat whatever you would give him!
Fun kid!
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Old 09-20-2007, 10:41 AM   #22
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It think there was a thread here on dumpster-diving.
Could be an "opportunivore" option.

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Maybe get a part-time job at a restaurant/supermarket to snag leftovers or things past the sell-by date? Offer to deep-clean the refrigerator/cabinets for friends and family in exchange for a bag of what-have-you odds&ends? Do a "personal charity bake sale" where you make baked goods for friends/colleagues and sell them at market price? I don't know how much ingredients for 12 muffins would cost but less than the $1-$2 apiece people would likely give you for them.

Maybe you should just look into ways to make some extra pocket money this month instead of compromising your health. If you are doing a lot of bike-riding, you will need more calories than us couch potatoes.
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I probably get by on $75 a month at the grocery store, but another $150 a month eating out. Still pretty reasonable, I think.
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Old 09-20-2007, 12:11 PM   #24
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Three things that I think would drive down grocery costs for many:

1. A price book.
2. Pantry stockpiling.
3. Agressive couponing.

At least the first two, if not all three, are discussed in the Tightwad Gazette.

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Why would you want to?

I don't get the context of the question. Clearly if you are considering such a budget you haven't yet saved enough to be involved with the ER board. What gives? You can do most anything if you set your mind to it, but it sure wouldn't be fun. I'd have to agree my Beer and Wine budget is in that ballpark. Food? Quite a bit more, and I'd never want to track it.
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To FIRE a person only needs to save enough to pay for their expenses, whether that be $75 per month for food or $75,000 per month for food. I think it is up to the individual to decide at what standard of living makes sense for them.

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Old 09-20-2007, 03:06 PM   #27
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I think you guys missed the $75 for ONE single month part. No way would I do it every month. Cutting back in that area for the month of Oct would allow to me to take one extra trip that I would not otherwise be able to do. Simple as that.

Johnny -

I consider myself to be above par with others my age, can I stay?
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<Chuckle>

DW always manages to keep the food bill way down when she has time to plan the menu. Let's take 30 days x 3 meals = 90 meals. The local food 4 less has this for sale:

Quaker Life or Capn Crunch Cereal, 2 for $3, let's say you get two to cover your 30 breakfasts, so $3 spent there.

Let's say 2 gallons of milk (freeze one?) for cereal for $5 (the deal my local store has)

Zacky Farms ground turkey, ten tubes for $10, you can make a lot of healthy turkey burgers with that.

van De Kamp Bread 10 for $10, but you only need 3 loaves for $3

PB & J, add another $5, so that puts you at

$3 for cereal
$5 for milk
$10 for ground turkey
$3 for bread
$5 for Peanut Butter and Jelly

We've spent ~$25 of your $75 budget, keeping $50 for variety/modest meals out. This is what I do when I have a 2 week business trip. Get an extended stay place with fridge and stove and make 2/3 of meals from a menu like this.
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I think you guys missed the $75 for ONE single month part. No way would I do it every month. Cutting back in that area for the month of Oct would allow to me to take one extra trip that I would not otherwise be able to do. Simple as that.

Johnny -

I consider myself to be above par with others my age, can I stay?
Well now you spring the qualifier. I could pretty easily take our food budget to Zero if it was just for one month. Geez, just go out to the bunker and grab some of the canned goods and bottled water next to the automatic weapons.

Of course you can stay, besides once you take that trip you'll be spending "vacation" dollars for your trip food, which have much less value than "home" dollars, and come under a completely different expense category in your budget spreadsheet. Er, ah, Entertainment, yah right, that's the ticket. :confused:


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Absolutely, eat lunch at your local homeless shelter, they pack you a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for later and you have $75 left over.
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Well now you spring the qualifier. I could pretty easily take our food budget to Zero if it was just for one month. Geez, just go out to the bunker and grab some of the canned goods and bottled water next to the automatic weapons.

Of course you can stay, besides once you take that trip you'll be spending "vacation" dollars for your trip food, which have much less value than "home" dollars, and come under a completely different expense category in your budget spreadsheet. Er, ah, Entertainment, yah right, that's the ticket. :confused:


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Ever get the impression this conversation would have gone a lot better in person?

Just to follow up, spaghetti and jar sauce for just one month isn't going to kill your health. Get the whole wheat kind. Buy a head of lettuce, onion, carrot once a week for salad and you are good!
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How many think $75 of nutritional food -- not Ramen noodles -- a month could adequately feed a single person household?
I guess I don't see the one month only thing. But for just one month, I could easily get by on $75. As others have said, spaghetti and jar sauce would do the trick. A peanut butter sandwich would be ok too. Not bad for you either.

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I think you guys missed the $75 for ONE single month part. No way would I do it every month. Cutting back in that area for the month of Oct would allow to me to take one extra trip that I would not otherwise be able to do. Simple as that.
Is it possible that you're crossing the line from frugality to deprivation?

How much would you get for:
- selling your blood plasma,
- selling "excess" possessions,
- garaging the vehicle for a month and using a bicycle/bus/carpool,
- renting out a room,
- doing handyman jobs around your neighborhood,
- working overtime,
- working a temporary second job?

Of course you could go on a strict Calorie Restriction diet for a month and then write an article for New York magazine... hopefully you don't have to blow the savings on healthcare copayments.
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Food is the main thing that I don't really consider costs when buying and enjoying! That said, I'm a vegetarian who actually likes to eat healthy. We spend $75 to $100 a week on groceries (not including eating out breakfast at Starbucks a couple times a week and a couple lunches or a lunch and a dinner a weeK) and make most food from scratch, such as soups and granola. We also buy a few fun things, such as ice cream and cookies.

And if you read all the healthy stuff we're supposed to eat, like all the different color of foods and some produce being so high, it would seem impossible to eat at $75 a week, let alone a month (like the price of berries, even when they're in season---or pomengranate juice). Speaking of the food colors, I got a chuckle out of what someone posted on another board I frequent:

Yesterday I went to the doctor for my yearly physical.

My blood pressure was high, my cholesterol was high, I'd gained some weight, and I didn't feel so hot.

My doctor said eating right doesn't have to be complicated and it would solve my physical problems. He said just think in colors...Fill your plate with bright colors... greens, yellows, reds, etc.

I went right home and ate an entire bowl of M&M's.

And sure enough, I felt better immediately. I never knew eating right could be so easy
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$75 dollars is pretty rough especially for a month. That would be a lot of romaine noodles.
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who else now has a vision of romaine lettuce, sliced up into noodles?
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Clean out the pantry! Odds are there are cans of "stuff" (beans, soup, odd veggies that were supposed to go in something - or were on sale)...in your cupboards. When "entertainment" becomes my budget priority, it is time to get creative with these items. I think know I have some of these items on hand now 8)

Sarah - I got a chuckle from visions of dried thinly sliced romaine all scrunched in the package too!
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Hey, Sarah, who knows? Romaine noodles may actually be healthier than ramen (would count as another produce serving!).
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i think my teen son eats about $100 a WEEK...
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