Eating on $1.00 a day

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I was browsing over at Get Rich Slowly today and saw a post about this guy who did an experiment to see if he could eat “well” on $1.00/day for a month. Here’s his intro post with links to the daily posts outlining what he bought and what he ate. While I’m amused by and familiar with a lot of the deals he did (hey look! Lots and lots of money-making cream cheese minis and money-making cornflakes and money-making scrubbing bubbles at Safeway!), I’m not so impressed with the diet, which contained an awful lot of burritos, bananas, pasta, and oatmeal. You?


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  1. natalie0920 says

    I don’t know if this will help you eat on $1 a day but over on couponingfor4.net, she had a list of upcoming national catalinas – just thought I’d share!

    Buy 3 Kraft Cool Whip, Get $1 CAT
    Buy 4 Kraft Cool Whip, Get $2 CAT
    Buy 5 or more Kraft Cool Whip, Get $3 CAT
    runs 5/21 – 7/4/10

    Buy 3 Nestle Sparkling Water, Get $2 CAT
    Buy 4 or more Nestle Sparkling Water, Get $3 CAT
    runs 6/14 – 7/11/10

    Buy 3 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, Get $1.50 CAT
    Buy 4 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, Get $2 CAT
    Buy 5 or more Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, Get $2.50 CAT
    runs 6/14 – 7/11/10

    Buy 6-11 Alpo Singles, Get $1 CAT
    Buy 12-17 Alpo Singles, Get $1.50 CAT
    Buy 18+ Alpo Singles, Get $2.50 CAT
    runs 6/18 – 7/11/10

    Buye 2 Minute Maid, Get $1 CAT
    Buy 3 Minute Maid, Get $2 CAT
    Buy 4 or more Minute Maid, Get $3 CAT
    runs 6/25 – 7/18/10

    Buy 4 Bacardi Mixers, Get $1 CAT
    Buy 5 Bacardi Mixers, Get $2 CAT
    Buy 6 or more Bacardi Mixers, Get $3 CAT
    runs 6/25 – 7/18/10

    Buy 2 or more Chips Ahoy, Get 1 Free Red Box Rental Code
    runs 7/8- 7/22/10

    Buy 2 Capri Sun, Get $1 CAT
    Buy 3 Capri Sun, Get $2 CAT
    Buy 4 or more Capri Sun, Get $3 CAT
    runs 7/21 – 8/8/10

    Buy 2 Carnation Instant Breakfast, Get $1 CAT
    Buy 3 Carnation Instant Breakfast , Get $1.50 CAT
    Buy 4 or more Carnation Instant Breakfast, Receive $2 CAT
    runs 7/12 – 8/8/10

    Buy 3 or 4 Old El Paso, Get $1 CAT
    Buy 5 or more Old El Paso, Get $3 CAT
    runs 7/12 – 8/8/10

    Buy 2 cases water*, Get $2 CAT
    Buy 3 cases waters, Get $3 CAT
    Buy 4 or more cases waters, Get $5 CAT
    * Arrow Head, Deer Park, Ice Mountain or Poland Springs – depends what is distributed in your area
    runs 7/30 – 8/22/10

  2. Matt says

    Obviously it is possible if you have coupons that turn into moneymakers. If you had literally $1 to spend a day without coupons and could do no moneymakers you would have nothing. If this guy gave it a little more thought maybe he would have gotten some free food for writing his favorite companies.

  3. Brianna says

    I have to say I’m pretty impressed….all that stuff is healthy in my book ;} atleast healthier than what we normally eat on a daily basis, although I’m really trying to work on that. I was shocked by all the produce he was able to include.
    However, I think the thing I’m most impressed by is his creativity in the making of his meals.
    I could’ve never done all that.

  4. says

    Matt — it sounds like a spur of the moment argument with his sister that led to this, so he didn’t plan ahead by writing companies, etc. — he did receive the kraft facebook freebies in there that he said he’d requested beforehand, but there were some rules they set up for the purposes of the challenge.

  5. Kristy says

    What do you have against oatmeal and burritos? Those are staples around our house. lol Of course, we don’t put pork and beans in our burritos and we have sugar and fruit in our oatmeal (made with milk not water).

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