Eat on $30 Project
I am really excited to be participating in this challenge. Tami from Running with Tweezers is our ring leader & organizer of this fabulous challenge (if you’re not reading her blog you should be, she’s fab!). She launched the first challenge earlier this year in February & is doing it again this week. The goal is to live on $30.00 for an ENTIRE WEEK. Yes you read that correctly. ONLY $30!
There are a number of reasons we are doing this. Times are tough, lets face it. Budget has become a word that even I myself have had to yes, sulkingly, thrust into my vocabulary. Most importantly this challenge will bring awareness to the food & hunger issues that many people in this tough economic period are faced with. Tami gave me some wonderful links to pass along. I was truly horrified when I read them. The national average is between $21.00-$24.00 for those receiving food assistance. That’s for A WEEK. A entire week people. That’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks & beverages. WOW! That’s hard to swallow.
- At some point during the year, 1 in 5 Americans receives food assistance from 1 or more of the 15 programs providing help.
- In 2009, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will help feed 31 million people per month. The average monthly benefit? $101.
- Between March 2007 and March 2008, the global price of food rose 43%. 1 billion people – 1/6th of the world’s population – live on $1 per day.
For anyone this is not going to be easy. For ME it’s not going to be easy. I have a hungry bunch of FIVE people to feed and they like to SNACK! I love to use ingredients that for some might be considered shi-shi-poo-poo so I think it going to be especially hard. My goal is to be as creative as possible with the best ingredients that I can find.
I am going to try and steer clear of the pre-packaged products (if at all possible but let’s face it, I might have to). I want to show that budget doesn’t have to be boring or bland. We will use EVERY bit of the food and I will try to stretch it as far as it will go. I will shop at discount markets and look for items on sales. I will plan my menus around what I find & will document my journey all week. Bringing you the good, the bad & hopefully not the ugly.
I have a total of 5 people in my family so that is a budget of $150.00. We must account for everything that we use. Because for those living on such a tight budget they probably are not going to have a well stocked pantry or refrigerator. SO to keep this as real as possible, we are to account for EVERY item that we use. So, if I have a box of Pasta in my pantry & I use, I have to deduct the $1 whatnot that it cost me from the budget. A spice, YEP deduction! Get the picture? The only items that we are given gratis are: butter, oil, s/p…That’s it.
So you see, this isn’t going to be as easy as you might think. If I could use the items in my pantry/fridge without deductions the only items I think I would honestly have to buy would be milk, eggs & perhaps some bread & it would be easy peasy But we’re going to keep it real. I might be able to clear the budget, I might not. But you of course will see & hear about all of it. So wish me luck!
Here is the list of fabulous foodies that are participating along with the challenge! Share some loving and visit them & see how they’re making out on the challenge & cheer them on! I’ve included their twitter address as well. If you follow on Twitter the hashtag is #Eaton30
- Tami of Running with Tweezers Twitter @runwithtweezers
- Betty Joan of Trouble With Toast. Twitter @bettyjoan
- Carrie Neal of carrienealland . Twitter @carrienealland
- The Broke Socialite Twitter @brokesocialite
- Jimmy of Eat It Atlanta . Twitter @EatItAtlanta.
- Jen - of Use Real Butter - Twitter @userealbutter
- Mike - blog Twitter @boutte.
- Zach – Mise en Face. Twitter @drzachary.
- Kristina of TNLocavore.com Twitter @TNlocavore
- Hailey of Hail’s Kitchen Twitter @hailskitchen
- Susan of Doughmesstic Twitter @doughmesstic
- Frugal Hostess Twitter @frugalhostess
- Diana of Spain in Iowa Twitter @dianabauman
- Maybelle’s Mom at Feeding Maybelle. Twitter @feedingmaybelle
- Biz, with Wisfulfillment.
Check back each day this week to see & read about what happened….Tomorrow’s post will be what we ate & spent today, Sunday, the first day of the challenge!
Okay this week I’d REALLY appreciate your STUMBLE & every other type of share lovin out there that you can muster up. We’re trying to get the word out about FOOD & HUNGER ISSUES & could use everyone’s help. It will only take a second & if we all do it, it could make a huge difference! Mwah!