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  • Hypothetical question:

    If you had to live off of very little money in the next 2 weeks and you only had a serving of chicken, 3 servings of beef, and 2 servings of vegetables, all in your fridge, how much money would you need to survive off of to buy groceries to last you til you got more money?

    This isn't so hypothetical for me. My body is feeling great off of veggies and meats and a few nuts, and plenty of water. I am not eating as much, but enough. It'd be great to hear your responses, though.

    (And I have considered an IF to make my food last longer til payday. Gotta love being a poor college student.)
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  • #2
    Cheeapest tuna I could find, and ten pounds of apples, frozen broccoli.
    Last edited by Lojasmo; 01-04-2011, 10:14 AM.

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    • #3
      2 doz. eggs= $6
      4 bags froz. veggies= $6
      4 cans Tuna/3 cans salmon= $6

      So, around $18 should get you through the two weeks...assuming you already have healthy fats to cook with...
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      • #4
        Well, I'd start adding in things like beans to stretch those dollars. Take one serving of the beef, make it into a chili, you might get 2-3 meals from that. Again with the chicken, make a soup or even a chicken/bean mix to top onto salad. Tuna is a great fall back. Very little money? Head to the butcher and ask for beef stew bones, bake them in the oven then stew them on the stove to get all the goodness out of them, make a broth of course and use it as a base for soup. Experiment with other cuts of meat. Check out sales flyers, you might catch a bargin. Call your local supermarket and find out when they mark down meats, the "fresh" stuff they put out, once it gets close to the exp date, all of a sudden they mark it 50% off to move it. Most of the time, these happen on certain days. You could also go to the grocery store first thing in the morning, check the exp dates on the meat, and if you find something close to the exp date, don't be afraid to ask them if they plan on marking it down that day.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by elorajade View Post
          Well, I'd start adding in things like beans to stretch those dollars. Take one serving of the beef, make it into a chili, you might get 2-3 meals from that. Again with the chicken, make a soup or even a chicken/bean mix to top onto salad. Tuna is a great fall back. Very little money? Head to the butcher and ask for beef stew bones, bake them in the oven then stew them on the stove to get all the goodness out of them, make a broth of course and use it as a base for soup. Experiment with other cuts of meat. Check out sales flyers, you might catch a bargin. Call your local supermarket and find out when they mark down meats, the "fresh" stuff they put out, once it gets close to the exp date, all of a sudden they mark it 50% off to move it. Most of the time, these happen on certain days. You could also go to the grocery store first thing in the morning, check the exp dates on the meat, and if you find something close to the exp date, don't be afraid to ask them if they plan on marking it down that day.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by tradawg View Post
            2 doz. eggs= $6
            4 bags froz. veggies= $6
            4 cans Tuna/3 cans salmon= $6

            So, around $18 should get you through the two weeks...assuming you already have healthy fats to cook with...
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            • #7
              I would buy eggs and butter, and ironically, potatoes.

              I'd use some vinegar (such as in salsa or pickles) and condiments with them. In warmer seasons, I'd check out the availability of a community garden plot (or offer to share someone's garden produce in return for weeding and watering, etc.) and use it to grow greens and some easy veg. And I'd study foraging. There are lots of plants growing wild which are edible, though they don't carry a lot of calories. They can fill out a diet of staples like eggs, butter, and potatoes.

              A place I used to live, in California, had a community college campus where someone had decided to plant pecan trees, which were really big. They weren't the fancy pecans (big with thin shells) but there were tons of them all over the ground. I would take a shoulder bag and pick them up. They took awhile to shell (good TV job) but were so fresh and nice. Lots and lots of nutrition and taste in pecans.

              Maybe not in December, but in season a lot of places have food going begging -- fruit rotting on the ground, etc. One can just ask -- "I'm a semi-starved college student. Can I pick some of your peaches? I see some are on the ground. I can pick them up for you in return for taking some of the good ones."

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              • #8
                Originally posted by highaerials36 View Post
                ... 2 weeks and you only had a serving of chicken, 3 servings of beef, and 2 servings of vegetables, all in your fridge, how much money would you need to survive
                That would be none. I could fast. I could dumpster dive. I could forage. I could go to the homeless kitchen.

                Now to be comfortable, I'd want a bit of money.

                Gordo

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                • #9
                  I would eat a lot of eggs (2 x12: 6$), maybe buy some onions to make tastier omelets (5lbs: 1$). Canned tuna or sardines, whatever's cheaper (x3: 3$). The cheapest ground pork available (often 1$/lb around here). I guess to bring the cost down I would buy potatoes as well (10lb: 2$). Whole chicken (a 3 pounder 2$/lb: 6$).

                  So I guess mixing that with IF I'd stretch it for 2 weeks for about 20$. Assuming you already have some spices/seasonings in your pantry.

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                  • #10
                    At the discount Grocery Outlet down the street, I can get a dozen jumbo eggs for $1.39, so that would be my dietary staple.

                    Then off to Food Maxx early in the morning, because they always mark down the rotisserie chickens from the day before and sell them cold. I just bought two of them for $3.99 each.

                    And I don't feel right without my broccoli, so I'd also eat lots of stir-fried broccoli.

                    I've got lots of different seasoning mixes from Penzey's Spices, so I can make the eggs and the broccoli taste different every time.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dragonfly View Post
                      Beans are not Primal.
                      Starvations sucks worse than eating a few beans. lol

                      Buying meat on sale is a good way to go, you can usually get chicken for about $1.25 per pound, sometimes less...

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                      • #12
                        Sorry, I can't give an intelligent answer to that one.
                        I think I would have to start whoring myself out for money. So now the question changes to...Where do you find attractive, rich women that are looking for a place to drop some cash for a booty call?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dragonfly View Post
                          Beans are not Primal.
                          I know that, but if the choice is between not eating at all, or stretching the dollar to fit within the plan as best as possible it is an option.

                          He didn't indicate how much money he has, he has 6 meals worth of meat to stretch over 42 meals.

                          Beleive me, as someone who budgets meals, and runs out of money before the end of the month, there are times where the $1.00 can of spaghetti sauce and .75 cent box of pasta is appealing strictly from a cost perspective. Given the choice, beans isn't a terrible choice. They're BEANS not rat turds.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by elorajade View Post
                            Given the choice, beans isn't a terrible choice. They're BEANS not rat turds.
                            Especially if you prepare them properly. Soak them at room temperature for a couple of days on the counter top. Then slow cook them in broth, if you have it. Skim off any foam.

                            I'd put beans way ahead of gluten, vegetable oil, or sweeteners.

                            Gordo

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                            • #15
                              This is really cool to see how y'all would do this. I like this thread.

                              By the way, I have about $150, but since I am still sorta new to PB (well, new to being full-time), it's in my mind that that isn't enough money.

                              I'm also cutting out the dairy, but I may keep it in sparingly (butter, yogurt).

                              One thing I love about the Albertson's here, is that on the weekends, they always have meats going for buy 1 get 1 free, or buy 1 get 2 free. I snatched some up this weekend (hence, that's what I have from the OP). This weekend I plan on getting myself straight for the next week.

                              Also, a bonus is I work at Boston Market, so I've been eating big salads (minimal dressing) and chicken there. I get about two free meals a week there, as well. Really great.

                              Sounds like I have enough money to survive.
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