Posted by Tim Stobbs on June 24, 2010
Due to an odd set of circumstances my wife has actually agreed to one of my crazy social experiments in spending. So starting in July for two weeks we plan to buy just $25 of food and live off that for two weeks (or just $0.45 per person per day). Are we crazy? Have I lost my mind?
No, instead I want to test a theory that food is a huge blind spot for a lot of people. We often assume we can’t cut back on our spending for a short while, for example if you get laid off. So I want to test a theory that with minimal money and what we happen to have around the house we should be able to each just fine for two weeks. Also I do enjoy the challenge of trying to cook with what every happens to be in the fridge. This just happens to be the extreme version of that.
Yet of course there are going to be a few ground rules in this experiment:
- This does not affect my wife’s daycare food (lunch or snacks during the week). That comes from a different pool of money and my wife is required to meet certain standards so those meals can’t be touched. Besides the entire month is planned out in advance for the daycare.
- I can use anything that happens to be in the house as of right now. I can’t go stock up before hand to make this easier on myself.
- My pre-paid orders at the farmer’s market don’t count towards that $25. I have already paid for those months ago. Also it isn’t much food and a limited selection since the season has just started. I can’t just eat salad for two weeks (beside the boys don’t like salad).
- We can’t eat out any more than normal. I can’t line up invites to eat at other people’s houses to escape this.
- If we have company I can’t exceed the budget. They will have to eat what ever I’m cooking.
I’ll keep you all updated with a couple of posts on this experiment during July. So stay tuned. How about you, have you ever managed to eat really cheap for a short while? If so, any advice for me while we do this?