Where do you shop? I live live close to your city.Even in Denmark (one of the most expensive countries in the world), this is about what I spend on food, on average, per month. It helps that I'm a vegetarian. I buy dried beans and legumes in bulk from the middle eastern grocers for dirt cheap, I cook everything from scratch, I shop the special offers, and meal plan around whatever perishables I find marked down.
Tonight's dinner was supposed to be chili (from pantry stock) but when I went to the grocery store this morning I found nice rolls marked down to about $.75 for 6, so I came home and made veggie burgers instead (from almonds, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, oats, carrots, beans, etc. that I had on-hand). The veggie burgers and rolls will be enough for 3 days' dinner for the two of us along with a salad or oven fries.
For the part you bolded, I shop at Bazaar Vest. There's a bit of variation in prices between some of the different vendors, so I first make a note of the prices of the items I'm going to buy, then I go around buy each item from the vendor with the lowest price. For example, there's a 5kr. difference on 900g of red lentils from one vendor to another. I go about twice a year and stock up.Where do you shop? I live live close to your city.
I spend $110 a month on food some years ago and can do it again, if I need to.
Sorry, there was an article attached to that video, a whole page of text with the story. I don't know what happened to it.Couldn't watch the video ( at work ). Did she have anything in fridge/freezer/pantry to start with or was it starting from zero? That would make a huge difference. Also does the $21 include such as shampoo, detergent etc or just food?
Ah... ok. I have sound at work but little to no sound at home. So she actually has $60 a week all told. I can't imagine spending $20 a week on taxables ( TP etc ). Wish I could have watched this one. If I only had $20 a week I sure wouldn't spend it on beer.Sorry, there was an article attached to that video, a whole page of text with the story. I don't know what happened to it.
She says she starts from zero each week, but they showed a cupboard that had olive oil and a few other things including soy sauce, beef broth and sriracha, there was a beer on the counter while she was cooking pasta, and her fridge had chicken broth and a bunch of condiments like ketchup and mustard. So, not entirely zero, really.
She has another $20 for toiletries, and another $20 for other stuff.
There are more videos, but I can't play sound right now, so I don't know what's in them other than it's some sort of video blog. They are here, in reverse order, newest at the top. Cash Diet
And her final video:
What happened when I started using a credit card after my cash diet
This was kind of my point when I brought it up. The girl in the video is eating cereal for breakfast, and pasta for lunch and dinner. Not healthy in the long run, but a lot of people do eat this way every day, I see it in their shopping baskets every week. But this kid has a plan, I believe it was for 6 weeks, to save money for a trip she wanted to take. So it's a good example of how to squeeze your food budget for a short time. In the video she also talks about sitting in the cafe with friends, drinking water while they all have fancy coffee drinks. She sticks to her budget and achieves her goal.I think it also depends are where you live. I am thinking this may be based on someone living in a low cost of living place. I may spend more than $3 a day of fresh vegetables....
I used to get by on a very low grocery budget, but we had very little in the way of fresh fruit and vegetables. We did not go hungry. And we had some tasty meals. But it was way below the recommended daily fruits and veggie.
A carb and protein is not a complete meal. You need fruits and vegetables too.