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#27 May 20 2014 at 3:44 PM Rating: Decent
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Scrap the bagged salad and just wait til fresh greens are in season to indulge in leafiness.

Get some celery and carrots. You can eat it raw, you can cook it, you can dip it, and it'll stay edible in your crisper for a couple weeks. When it starts turning, you can feed it to the local horses.


Yeah. Folks demanded examples in that thread out of disbelief at the possibility of being able to feed a person for less than like $400/month, so I tossed out quick examples. I used things that would normally be available in a grocery store with relatively known prices. Obviously, you can vary things up quite a bit, and often for even less money than what I mentioned. I wasn't trying to provide a freaking meal plan, just show that it's possible to feed oneself relatively healthy food (ie: something better than a ramen package a day), for a relatively small amount of money.

The math and practicality of this becomes easier with more people involved. A single person feeding just themselves is the worst case scenario because of the whole "eating the same meal several days in a row" and "fresh food rotting before you can consume it" issues. You actually gain cost efficiency if we're talking about feeding a family of four. Point being that while $100/person/month may be at the far edge of frugal, $400/month/person is ridiculously costly. Most are going to be somewhere between, but I'm betting that somewhere around $150/person/month is (should be?) plenty for a family on a budget. If you're spending more than that, you're buying stuff you don't really need and if you're doing so on public assistance, then you're wasting other people's money, not just your own.

Which was kinda the whole point.
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#28 May 20 2014 at 4:02 PM Rating: Excellent
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gbaji wrote:
I wasn't trying to provide a freaking meal plan
Slacker. Smiley: disappointed

Mine looks better anyway. Smiley: cool
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#29 May 20 2014 at 4:58 PM Rating: Decent
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Yeah. That's way better than anything I came up with (and more time than I feel like spending on convincing people of something they could/should just figure out for themselves). Also, apparently I thought that was the thread being referenced rather than the one that was linked (cause of the whole $400/month thing). We've had several threads over the years about how much it costs to feed people, and I always find it interesting how much division there is.

I get that the world's not perfect and there are plenty of problems. I guess my issue is that I don't feel that the legitimate problems of hunger and employment are well served by some of the massive exaggeration some people feel they must use to highlight them. When you do that, you're going to automatically create opposition to what you're saying, even among people who might agree with you in principle. Not sure why people do that, but they do.
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#30 May 20 2014 at 6:15 PM Rating: Good
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gbaji wrote:
$400/month/person is ridiculously costly.


Not really. Beyond the expenditures of someone on public assistance, sure.
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