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Hungry For A Month

For the month of November, I only spent $30 on food. The only exception were things that are freely available to the average person (salt taken from restaurants, sauce packets from Taco Bell, free coffee from an office). Buying in advance was fine, but at the end of the month, it all had to add up to $30 or less.
Hungry For A Month
Hungry For A Month
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Interview with Evan Steiner from the Hungry For A Month blog.

We discuss why he decided to see if he could spend a dollar a day on food for a month; how he decided that $30 was how much he would spend on food for a month; what you can eat for a dollar a day; what food he fantasized about eating the most after the experiment was over; dealing wioth Thanksgiving and lunch with co-workers during the experiment; how he explained his experiment for a month and their reactions; comments on his Hungry For A Month blog that surprised him; how much money did he save on food and how much did he donate to the Greater Lansing Food Bank; the pain he experienced during November; why at one point he started to dread eating food; eating healthy and inexpensively; what he wouldhave done differently during the experiment with the knowledge he has gained; how much weight he lost during November and how much weight he has put back on; how the experiment changed how he eats; what he learned from his experiment; taking Hungry For A Month to the next level; his desire to try new things.

Featured song is "Hungry Ghost" by Ben Godwin.


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Hell, that's nothing. 05.Jan.2007 03:15


I have gone SINCE the begining of november to now on 30 bucks.

The only time I ate well was when a friend invited me to eat at his thanksgiving dinner.

How do you do it?

Veggies... turn them into soup. Scrounge everything you can find.

SOme of us actuallyy live on less than 30 bucks in food a month and do quite fine.

What does this guy mean that his only exception was "things that are freely available to the average person"? He obviously didn't barter or dumpster dive.

And he obviously didn't understand that it's almost impossible to starve in the US... we throw away more food than many countries produce.

Did he try to go door to door asking for caned goods?

Did he attempt to "farm" the grocery stor bulk section?

Even on 30 bucks a month you can eat really well.

This is just another example of some rich white kid trying to "connect" with the poor.

And in case you're wondering... my internet is free. That's how I can connect... and the majority of my income goes to rent.

all efforts are welcome 05.Jan.2007 17:30


I do congratulate AA on living light on the planet. The goal is for each of us to at least begin to understand that the impacts we make matter and that there are ways we can reduce and recycle. The original poster has made the effort to begin living a more sustainable life and I caution the rest of us against being too hard on the result. This is a start.