Thank goodness, this is the last day of this challenge. I had a rough time today…had a rough day at work…so busy that I didn’t have time to take breaks or lunch…headache from not eating…really, really wanted to stop and get a pizza after work, but talked myself out of it…if I were truly living in extreme poverty, stopping for a pizza wouldn’t even be a possibility…so I did make it thru the final day.
Let’s see, how did I do?
(Once again)…2 slices of toast 10¢, 1 T peanut butter 6¢, 6 oz oj 14¢, 8 oz skim milk 15¢
Total for breakfast…45¢
no lunch…no time…did drink a diet Pepsi tho…so the cost of that was 46¢, so I’ll count that as my lunch
Total for lunch 46¢
grilled cheese sandwich 20¢, radishes (free-someone asked about the radishes really being free, cost of the seeds and all…yes, I did buy seeds a couple of years ago, but let one of the radish plants go to seed last year and saved the seeds…so surely we can consider that to be free now, right?), celery 8¢, pickle chips 14¢, hot tea 4¢
Total for dinner…46¢
Total for the day $1.37
So…not the healthiest of days today…but I did it.
What did I take away from this challenge? Well, obviously how difficult it is to eat a healthy, nutritious diet when you have to scrounge for pennies to buy your food. Also how much planning and preparation would go into being able to eat even semi-well for such a miniscule amount of money. I definitely have a greater appreciation for my mom and grandmother and all of the time they put into gardening, preserving what they grew or gathered, and cooking. That’s a lot of work…and they did it year in and year out. But we always had enough to eat and a much better variety of food than what I spent the past week eating.
I have always thought we need to teach people to be self-sufficient…after this week, I believe that even more. Now to figure out how to go about doing that…what organizations are already doing this? And what can I do to help?
- Food Stamps Reduced The Number Of Children Living In Extreme Poverty By Half Last Year (thinkprogress.org)
- 12 Days. 12 Reasons. (agirlcalledlynsey.com)