Can you survive on $10 a day?


hoboken food savings - Can you survive on $10 a day?Happy New Year again, everyone!

Here’s my first month-long challenge of the year. On top of my super New Year’s resolution not to have a drink until April 15th, I’m going to try to limit my food/drink consumption to an average of $10 dollars a day for the entire month of January.

You ever want to challenge yourself, just to see what it’s like? What if you were ever in an economic situation where your funds were limited? Would you know what to do? Where to go? Or it could be something simple like banking the savings into a future purchase, or even a vacation. Based on the demographics of a typical Hoboken411 reader, I highly doubt many of us have problems with money, and would much rather indulge in the fabulous restaurants Hoboken and the NYC tri-state area have to offer. But some of you might be interested in what you can achieve if you put your mind to it.

My goal is to spend no more than $310 bucks on food & drink this month. I will detail each and every item I eat and drink here (periodic updates, sometimes daily, sometimes every few days.) That includes everything I choose to ingest. This will hopefully help me augment the benefits I’ll receive by not consuming alcohol too!

A few people have mentioned to me that it’s very easy to do. Such as saying things like:

  • “it’s simple, just eat a can of soup 3 or 4 times a day!” While that sure is attainable, I’d get bored with soup, and probably suffer from sodium overload. Or…
  • “Just cook big meals and freeze them!” Now that certainly is a good idea, but it takes a little more preparation, planning and so on. Since I’m just one person, I needed simplicity and something much easier. I’m striving for efficiency. However, if you have any great ideas, I’m all ears.

So I’m following this approach: A combination of quick, easy to prepare meals (frozen or otherwise,) from places such as Trader Joe’s (which is why I held off on the regular product reviews,) local supermarkets, and even take out places such as chinese, pizza, and anything else. If I have to use a coupon, I will. Also, allowed in this experiment are free food items, such as at a party, or similar circumstances. Seeing that I’m a big guy, I’ve also considered my basal metabolic rate, which is significantly higher than an average person. It’s around 3400 calories a day.

Can you do $10 a day, and still be happy? What choices would you make? Can you do even better?

See my day #1 recap later today.

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Thursday, January 3, 2008 8:50 am

I’m all for cutting back and such, but I’m unsure how you decided on $10? What were you spending before? Are you including transportation in your weekly allowance?

Thursday, January 3, 2008 8:38 am

[quote comment=”60034″]”troll” or common sense?[/quote]
I’m not seeing troll at all.

strand tramp
strand tramp
Thursday, January 3, 2008 8:36 am

“troll” or common sense?

Thursday, January 3, 2008 8:23 am

strand tramp, your troll is showing.

strand tramp
strand tramp
Thursday, January 3, 2008 8:21 am

did she say she bought “hamhocks”? wtf is a “hamhock” and why on earth would you eat it? better question; mabye i could live on $10.00 a day, but wtf would i want to try it? this thread is stupid as are the “hints from heloise” posted here.

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