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Living On $4 A Day

Hits: 5971 | Rating: (1.8) | Category: Community & Lifestyle | Added by: CaptKangaroo
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mykunter
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 2290 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 4:24:49 PM
Buy seeds.
Grow a garden.

SoCal
Male, 18-29, Western US
 651 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 4:24:13 PM
thats healthier than what I eat every day and I am still healthier than that ginger btch. Its not only what you eat but you have to exercise as well.

CoyoteKing
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 2994 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 4:05:09 PM
i would also skip breakfast so that i could eat more of that $4 during the other 2 meals (still pretty much only eat 2 meals a day regardless of wealth at the time). also drink a lot of water. the stuff from the tap is fine, no need for bottled bullpoo and that will help keep your hunger at bay

CoyoteKing
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 2994 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 4:01:14 PM
i have lived off less than $4 a day for food. mainly ramen, eggs, and frozen vegetables to toss into said ramen. it really isn't that hard. she just blew her money on poo she didnt need. toss the head of lettuce, ranch, and apple for lunch and replace with a $1-1.50 frozen pizza. much more filling.

and $4/day for food in food stamps? pretty sure the food stamps are to supplement your food budget, not pay for the whole thing.

jendrian
Male, 18-29, Canada
 2492 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 3:20:13 PM
What's unhealthy about that food? Besides the ramen and ranch of course

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33911 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 3:17:18 PM

@ edana42 - I don't think your link about what the poor have {here} is pertinent. Just becuase they have a car doesn't mean they bought it with gov'ment assistance. 2 years ago I was "poor" because I was unemployed. I had a dvd play and a car and a cell phone. None of which were paid by governement assistance.

As for 43% having internet access; try to get a job without the internet! No one posts Help Wanted in the paper anymore. You MUST apply online. Job postings are all listed on job boards online. Even to apply for unemployment or any gov'ment assitance requires you apply online. The internet: It's not just for porn anymore.

That link is just Poor Bashing.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33911 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 3:11:40 PM
Yes I can eat on $4.00 a day.
If you only have $4 it's hard to shop, but if you have $360 you can buy items which are cheeper in bulk. $360 is what 1 adult and 2 kids gets per month. No, it's not a lot so you are not going to get the finest cuts of meat and snack on caviar. But like a drummer in a bad rock band, it's do-able if you're careful. And supplelment that with free food from 2 or 3 charity food banks. That's why poor people in US are fat.

I'm not saying all of them should "get a job". I know many {most?} people get assistance temporarily. But there are WAY WAY WAY too many who have made it a lifestyle. A career handed down from one baby-mama to another. Walking in their mother's slippers & robe as it were, because they were raised on welfare & food stamps. To them alone I say "get a job".
{I can be mean about it because those people can't read this anyway.}

jonswan12
Male, 18-29, Western US
 71 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:58:29 PM
How come "poor" people in America are always over weight? Go over to Africa and see what it's really like to be poor

FeelTheRide
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:47:43 PM
you draw the line at people using it to buy makeup, televisions, MP3 players. There are a lot of places that accept EBT that carry these items (most large drug stores). That is the kind of limitation I am talking about. I'm not saying they should tell you what kind of food to buy. Obviously toilet paper would be considered a necessity...but cigarettes, alcohol, electronics...that is not.

FeelTheRide
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:45:34 PM
good talk, I feel like I have wasted way too much energy on this today...wine time (which I budgeted for lol)

FeeFee
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 591 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:45:33 PM
I definitely understand what you mean about the cloth diaper, but that's where my question comes in--where do you draw the line on what is necessary? Is toilet paper really necessary if you have a hand and a sink? What if you don't have a washer? That means a lot of trips to the laundromat where it costs several bucks to do a load of cloths. It just gets more complicated the more you think about it.

FeeFee
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 591 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:43:36 PM
Something needs to be done about a lot of things. Trust me. I spent 3 hours week in my Sociology class listening to my professor talk about how we as students are being drated up the ass for a degree that won't get us anywhere these days. A lot needs to be improved on, but unfortunately it's not that easy. Or it'd already be fixed and no one would have anything to argue about.

FeelTheRide
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:43:02 PM
again, don't misunderstand what I am saying...that is definitely something that should be covered.

FeelTheRide
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:41:46 PM
And to be honest...there are other options besides disposable diaper...I'm not saying they should be denied by any means...but people were using cloth for a long time before disposables came around. :)

And yes, I have experience with cloth diapers...they aren't that horrible

FeelTheRide
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:40:11 PM
Feefee; Diapers are covered under food stamps or WIC. If you qualify for food stamps and have a child, chances are extremely high you qualify for WIC

FeelTheRide
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:39:03 PM
This is just going to go in a circle. I feel the way I feel. There needs to be something done about the people who are abusing what people genuinely need. The program should be there, and it should be better because people really benefit from it.


FeeFee
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 591 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:38:54 PM
Then that is something that we can agree with, but it's more complicated to patch them than just saying let's cut this part out. Yeah, you'll stop the smokers with the cash assistance, but the lady who can't afford diapers anymore is kind of drated then.

FeelTheRide
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:36:17 PM
Again, everyone's situation is different...but there are too many holes and too many excuses with the system.

FeeFee
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 591 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:33:53 PM
First off, I didn't put words in your mouth in the first place, so I'm not sure you're aware of what that phrase means.

And that's not all you said. You've linked the problem to food stamps in your comments, so it's not just 'on a budget' anymore.

And mac and cheese is definitely not healthy.

FeelTheRide
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:32:56 PM
When I was eating scraps you can bet your ass I wasn't buying chips and soda...I was buying canned veggies, rice, ramen and cheap chicken breast tenders. And drinking water or milk.

FeelTheRide
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:31:03 PM
I am not judging...I know everyone does not abuse the system...but again, you can get by without buying bags of chips and soda...again...canned veggies, soup, rice, mac and cheese...there are a lot of things you can buy on a limited budget that are not junk food. People do it every day.

FeelTheRide
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:28:23 PM
Again putting words in my mouth; I said it is possible to eat healthy on a budget. In direct reference to the comment about a can of spaghetti o's and a bag of chips...pasta and sauce can be bought for same amount as both of those things and serve more than one meal. There are ways to stretch money without buy crap food like chips. Cans of tuna, mac and cheese, canned veggies (i find them on sale for .49 sometimes). That's all I'm saying...there are ways to eat without buying crap.

FeeFee
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 591 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:26:40 PM
option.

FeeFee
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 591 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:26:25 PM
I never said that 'you' said that. I was posing my own question. Hence the question mark.

And if you know what it's like to live like that (which is my family's current situation right now except with disability), then maybe you shouldn't be so quick to judge. If you know what scraps are like then it's hard to say 'well just eat healthy, it's cheap'.

Healthy food 'is' expensive. I'm not saying people shouldn buy huge bags of potato chips or gallons of ice cream, but I know the stuff I purchase from the store isn't bad. Hell, I had to stop my healthy diet just because I couldn't afford it. All it consisted of was a Greek yogurt in the morning, a turkey sandwich (bread, 2 slices of turkey, and a single slice of cheese) and exactly 6 pretzels, and a simple dinner of a meat and vegetable, because I couldn't afford it anymore.

Instead I have to subsist off of ramen and soup because that's literally all I can afford right now. It's awful for me, but it's my only

FeelTheRide
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:24:57 PM
Nageki, everyone I have come into contact with in this state who is on food stamps gets cash allowance as well. It does vary from state to state though.

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