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#1 May 18 2014 at 6:31 PM Rating: Good
Because I'm bored, and I always meant to do the math on this one.


See Post #225 in this thread.


Big bag of white rice: 4 bucks (6750 cal @ 1 cup of rice/day)

Big container of teriyaki sauce: 6 bucks (minimal amount for other spices you'll add in). Figured in the teri chicken; see below)

2 pounds of frozen ground beef: 10 bucks 14240cal

jumbo jar of prego sauce (or two mediums): 8 bucks 8cups*90cal = 720 cal

1 big thing of spagheti noodles: 5 bucks 170calx15=2550

2 big bag-o-salads: 7 bucks 1500 cal

1 large container of dressing: 6 bucks 75x30 2250cal

2 econo bags of rolls: 6 bucks 2550cal

1 large container of spread/butter: 3 bucks 1625


teri chicken = 2100


bananas = 3150


sammiches = 60*30(bread) 1800cal mayo 70*30 2100cal. bologna 60*30 1800




That's about 70 bucks so far, and that will cover a full month of dinners, half teriyaki chicken, the other half spaghetti. Each meal comes complete with a side salad and dinner roll.

Add in a bunch of bananas each week to eat something going out the door, and that's about another 20 bucks or so. Cheap sandwich makings (basic bologna, mayo and bread might run another 10 or 20 bucks a month. If breakfast is a couple pieces of toast say, or you skip lunch (which I typically do since the dinner is quite large), you're probably under a hundred a month. Obviously, how expensive the side stuff you buy can affect this. I went pretty middle of the road. You could get generic sauces (or make them from scratch) and save probably another 10 or 15 bucks a month.


Total cal per month: 39125
Total cal per day: 1307

So, yeah not nearly enough calories, at least for the average adult male.

Edited, May 18th 2014 6:42pm by Bijou
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#2 May 18 2014 at 6:43 PM Rating: Excellent
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I think I'd rather starve than eat the same two meals every other day for a month.
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#4 May 18 2014 at 7:48 PM Rating: Good
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I think I'd rather starve than eat the same two meals every other day for a month.


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The crappier the ground beef you buy, the more fat content it has so it'll provide more calories Smiley: schooled Smiley: thumbsup

Edit: You just need to make sure not to cook the fat out. Pour your melted fat back onto the beef before eating. Yum!

Edited, May 18th 2014 8:55pm by Jophiel
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up portion sizes by 50%. 2000 cal/day at ~$100/mo.

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You can probably find a used fishing pole at a yard sale for less than five bucks and eat for a lifetime.

Food is ....???
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You can probably find a used fishing pole at a yard sale for less than five bucks and eat for a lifetime.

Oh, a fishing pole isn't large enough for more than two or three meals.
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You can just move and find a better meal. Much like moving to get a better job, the cost of moving doesn't count.
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Jophiel wrote:
Elinda wrote:
You can probably find a used fishing pole at a yard sale for less than five bucks and eat for a lifetime.

Oh, a fishing pole isn't large enough for more than two or three meals.
Fry it in butter and whip it at cars.
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Jophiel wrote:
Elinda wrote:
You can probably find a used fishing pole at a yard sale for less than five bucks and eat for a lifetime.

Oh, a fishing pole isn't large enough for more than two or three meals.
Fry it in butter and whip it at cars.

Then eat the cars?
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Spoonless wrote:
Jophiel wrote:
Elinda wrote:
You can probably find a used fishing pole at a yard sale for less than five bucks and eat for a lifetime.

Oh, a fishing pole isn't large enough for more than two or three meals.
Fry it in butter and whip it at cars.

Then eat the cars?
Fry them in butter and whip them at cars.
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Spoonless wrote:
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Elinda wrote:
You can probably find a used fishing pole at a yard sale for less than five bucks and eat for a lifetime.

Oh, a fishing pole isn't large enough for more than two or three meals.
Fry it in butter and whip it at cars.

Then eat the cars?
Fry them in butter and whip them at cars.

One car could get you a lot of butter fried whipping ammo. Seems like eventually you'd have a lot more ammo than you'd know what to do with. Might as well eat some of the butter fried goodness.
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You're going to need a lot of butter for that and that just won't fit in your budget.
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I guess you can try selling some of the butter-fried cars to junk car/truck dealers, so you can buy more butter.
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Sell them in Arizona. Those crackers are crazy enough.
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Two bags of premixed salad will provide for 30 individual side salads? Are we talking a table spoon of mixture per salad or something?

Disregard. I realize now I was replying to the same insanity that I tried to avoid back then. Smiley: oyvey

Edited, May 19th 2014 4:42pm by BrownDuck
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Two bags of premixed salad will provide for 30 individual side salads? Are we talking a table spoon of mixture per salad or something?


Either that, or we are talking some really big bags of salad mix. At 1500 calories total, I'm thinking they are really big bags. Since I think the standard ones are like... 15-30 calories per serving and contain 2-4 servings if I remember right.

http://www.dolesalads.com/Products/Salad-Blends/American-Blend
4 servings, 15 calories each.

Edited, May 19th 2014 5:46pm by TirithRR
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#23 May 19 2014 at 4:25 PM Rating: Good
I should mention I was a skooch generous with his "budget". And likely a bit too generous with the salad calories.

ALSO: Yeah, that "super bag o' salad"would be useless in less than 5 days.


I should mention that 1kcal per day was a starvation diet for POWs in WWII.

Edited, May 19th 2014 4:25pm by Bijou
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Scrap the bagged salad and just wait til fresh greens are in season to indulge in leafiness.

Get some celery and carrots. You can eat it raw, you can cook it, you can dip it, and it'll stay edible in your crisper for a couple weeks. When it starts turning, you can feed it to the local horses.
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When it starts turning, you can feed it to the local horses.
I guess I could find Sarah Jessica Parker ...
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When it starts turning, you can feed it to the local horses.
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Elinda wrote:
Scrap the bagged salad and just wait til fresh greens are in season to indulge in leafiness.

Get some celery and carrots. You can eat it raw, you can cook it, you can dip it, and it'll stay edible in your crisper for a couple weeks. When it starts turning, you can feed it to the local horses.


Yeah. Folks demanded examples in that thread out of disbelief at the possibility of being able to feed a person for less than like $400/month, so I tossed out quick examples. I used things that would normally be available in a grocery store with relatively known prices. Obviously, you can vary things up quite a bit, and often for even less money than what I mentioned. I wasn't trying to provide a freaking meal plan, just show that it's possible to feed oneself relatively healthy food (ie: something better than a ramen package a day), for a relatively small amount of money.

The math and practicality of this becomes easier with more people involved. A single person feeding just themselves is the worst case scenario because of the whole "eating the same meal several days in a row" and "fresh food rotting before you can consume it" issues. You actually gain cost efficiency if we're talking about feeding a family of four. Point being that while $100/person/month may be at the far edge of frugal, $400/month/person is ridiculously costly. Most are going to be somewhere between, but I'm betting that somewhere around $150/person/month is (should be?) plenty for a family on a budget. If you're spending more than that, you're buying stuff you don't really need and if you're doing so on public assistance, then you're wasting other people's money, not just your own.

Which was kinda the whole point.
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I wasn't trying to provide a freaking meal plan
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Mine looks better anyway. Smiley: cool
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Yeah. That's way better than anything I came up with (and more time than I feel like spending on convincing people of something they could/should just figure out for themselves). Also, apparently I thought that was the thread being referenced rather than the one that was linked (cause of the whole $400/month thing). We've had several threads over the years about how much it costs to feed people, and I always find it interesting how much division there is.

I get that the world's not perfect and there are plenty of problems. I guess my issue is that I don't feel that the legitimate problems of hunger and employment are well served by some of the massive exaggeration some people feel they must use to highlight them. When you do that, you're going to automatically create opposition to what you're saying, even among people who might agree with you in principle. Not sure why people do that, but they do.
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$400/month/person is ridiculously costly.


Not really. Beyond the expenditures of someone on public assistance, sure.
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