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Living On $4 A Day

Hits: 5979 | Rating: (1.8) | Category: Community & Lifestyle | Added by: CaptKangaroo
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Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:23:04 PM
Listen, I never once said that it isn't a good program for people that need it. My only complaint was that there should not be a cash allowance. I didn't say that you should only buy the cheapest option. Please do not put words in my mouth.

#2. you have no idea what I have struggled through. I have gone months eating nothing but scraps because of my bills and unemployment...but I was not eligible for assistance...because I made too much on unemployment (923 a month). I had to break a lease because my 923 a month could barely cover my bills and food let alone my 800 rent; which has now caused me $2300 more in debt. I know struggle, so don't assume that I don't. I STILL struggle My fiance and I bust our asses at work. We can barely make ends meet. Because I complain that there are things with the system that need to be fixed does NOT mean that I don't know struggle.

Male, 30-39, Western US
 110 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:22:38 PM
Food stamps themselves cannot be spent on anything other than food. The cash assistance FeelTheRide talks about is not automatically given out if you get food stamps. So your argument about buying stuff that isn't a necessity is really moot. It may seem like all the people who get food stamps get the cash assistance too, but that is just patently false. Also, there will always be people who abuse the system no matter what you do. Look at the military for instance. We are overpaying for pretty much anything and everything that the military is "researching" or purchasing. And not by a buck or two, but billions, possibly trillions. Don't blame the poor for all the problems in this country. We aren't the issue. We are a symptom of the issue.

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2819 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:10:54 PM
A dry bagel? She should've put some ranch on that. One of my favorite meals back in the day was cooking a pack of ramen, draining the water, dumping about half a pack of flavoring, then adding ranch and mixing it together. Gourmet on a budget.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1963 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:07:01 PM
The difference between her and someone who actually eats on $4/day is, the other person doesn't complain that the bagel was dry...

Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 591 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:06:29 PM

You're on a bit of a rampage. You might want to step away from the computer for a moment. As someone whose family had gotten food stamps for a considerable amount of time, I'd have to say it is invaluable to those that need it. Now that we don't get it anymore, we do have do literally empty the cupboards every month. People abuse it, sure, but it really helps other people.

As far as the cash assistance goes, yeah it shouldn't be used on booze, but my family got that too and that's what kept us in toilet paper and deodorant. It's hard to say what is and isn't necessary. Where is the line drawn? Should people with food stamps be rejected if they don't buy the cheapest option in every store because they're wasting them on more expensive (and yes, often healthier) options?

Unless you've been in the situation, it's hard for you to see clearly what a struggle it can be and what a relief food stamps are.

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:01:10 PM
The other problem here is out of all the people on "food stamps" there are many who just abuse it. Where we live, not only do you get food stamps, but you also get "cash assistance". The cash assistance can be used for anything, alcohol, TVs, cigarettes.

I agree that for the people who really need food assistance $4 is not enough. But states should not be allowing welfare recipients to use that assistance to buy anything that is not a necessity. Cigarettes are not a necessity, alcohol is not a necessity. It happens all too often here in VT.

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:57:16 PM
well; shopping for groceries at target is more expensive in my experience.

No, you cannot usually buy a single Chicken breast, but if you buy a package of 2 (which is pretty standard) you have protein for 2 meals...that was my point.

You can eat healthy on a budget.

Male, 18-29, Canada
 2493 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:57:12 PM
should a government be responsible for the care and well being of each and every individual citizen? or should that responsibility fall to the individual citizens themselves? there will always be poor, there will always be rich, there will always be war. history tells us so.

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 1143 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:52:51 PM
I've been eating a lot of rice recently because it's cheap.
If I get bored of it I just add in some ketchup.

Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 591 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:51:57 PM
It's great that you can get 5 apples for 3 bucks, but an apple is not a meal. That is to say, I do think people waste money on junk, but I'm in the difficult food situation myself being a broke college student and it's not always optimal to buy fresh ingredients that won't last if not consumed within so many days. It does add up. My current diet consists mostly of ramen and tomato soup with saltines because I can stretch it incredibly far.

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2565 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:51:16 PM
FeelTheRide, I just got romaine lettuce Sunday night at Target. It was about that much.

As for the chicken, one can't buy a single chicken breast.

Female, 18-29, Southern US
 1494 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:41:15 PM
Mario Batali did this earlier last year.

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:36:54 PM
Sorry, 9 servings of rice in a small instant box...got mine for 1.99

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:32:39 PM
6.50 worth of chicken breast serves more than one person. $3.00 box of instant rice is good for about 15 servings (each serving is 1/2 cup uncooked). $3.00 for a BAG of Romaine lettuce...a head of Iceburg lettuce is usually around .99 a head of romaine is probably a little more.

Instead of buying a .99 can of spagetti o's (one meal); buy a .99 box of pasta and .99 jar of sauce (value brand)...you'll get more than one meal out of that. I still fail to see see how eating healthy is more expensive. Eating unhealthy is not cheaper...it's just lazy. Instead of actually cooking or preparing anything you just throw something in the microwave or open a bag.

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 73 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:28:46 PM
true many people go hungry, specially children and the elderly, but 4 x 30 = 120 a month! I eat 4-5 healthy meals per day on 100 a month. no junk, no soda, no pre-made meals, no meat everyday.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 146 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:26:20 PM
yea, i'm pretty sure everyone here could do a lot better with our $4 than that.

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2565 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:21:39 PM
"Please explain how eating healthy is more expensive..." ~FeelTheRide

One can of Spaghetti-O's: $0.99
Grab Bag of Doritos: $0.99

Chicken Breasts: $6.50 (approx.)
Rice: $3.50 (approx.)
Romaine Lettuce: $3.50 (approx.)
etc... etc... etc...

Male, 18-29, Europe
 59 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:17:43 PM
That seemed like the right amount of cal for her.

Male, 40-49, Western US
 3882 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:08:29 PM
What is she an amateur? Chicken Top Ramen, an egg and peas. Or Wieneroni (boxed mac & cheese with a cut up hot dog thrown in).

Male, 30-39, Europe
 271 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:03:36 PM
"the wealthiest country on the planet" Aww Americans are so naive <3

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:02:22 PM
@TruTenrMan I hope you are trolling.

We barely buy any junk food anymore and the amount of money we spend on food has been cut almost in half. Fruits and Vegetables are much cheaper than buying a bag of Doritos. 5 apples for $3 or $4 or 1 bag of chips for $4. Please explain how eating healthy is more expensive...

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2565 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:57:50 PM
Food stamps = free (cheap; unhealthy) food

Make your own money = eat healthy

Healthy food is frakking expensive, you Liberal morons!

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:56:36 PM
@12chars It should be for land lines only. People survived for a VERY long time on just landlines and before that...without phones!

Every month on my cable/internet bill I notice a fee that goes toward providing internet for people who can't afford it. It is not a necessity to survive. There are these things called libraries, they usually have internet free of charge. I am fine paying that fee if it goes to public services like that; but not to Betty Joe who uses her food stamps to buy alcohol and cigarettes while her children are hungry.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1854 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:55:48 PM
I think she could have don't better with her 4$..

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:52:52 PM
My fiance is a store manager at "X Drug store chain"; unfortunately he sees A LOT of people abusing food stamps. Daily he has people come in with their EBT cards buying soda and chips and then getting cash back to buy cigarettes and/or beer. Food stamps should be treated like WIC. Only necessary foods. You don't need cigarettes and cheetos is you are using tax payer money to survive.

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