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One Dollar A Day Meals

Posted By Jim On 01/21/2009 @ 12:33 pm In Frugal Living | 10 Comments

Would you believe it’s possible to live on only a dollar a day in food? I didn’t. I still wouldn’t, except I saw this “little” project by Christopher Greenslate and Kerri Leonard called the One Dollar Diet Project [3]. As if in a reverse Morgan Spurlock Super-size Me, they were going to live for thirty days on only a dollar a day in food. In true blogger fashion, the two Social Justice teachers blogged about what they did each day in September (Day 1 [4]Day 30 [5]) and it’s gained them [6] quite [7] some [8] notoriety [9] and quite a bit of knowledge. The best part is that they’ve kept on writing about it.

One dollar a day meals seems almost impossible but sometimes just setting the bar that high is enough motivation to make significant changes in your life. An example of this is when I was budgeting diligently right after graduation. I would try to maximize the number of no spend days each month. A no spend day was a day in which I didn’t spend any cash or charge anything to my credit cards. I still “spent” money because I still drove to work and I still ate, but the idea was to create a metric I could use to motivate me to not spend money. My all-time record was eleven days (in a 31 day month) and the longest streak was three days. I believe both metrics were made higher because I was tracking them and competing against myself. It probably saved me a little bit of money too, which was helpful when it came time to make a down payment on a house.

Try setting your own “one dollar a day” goal or a no spend day goal and you’ll certainly benefit from it somehow, someway.


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[3] One Dollar Diet Project: http://onedollardietproject.wordpress.com/

[4] Day 1: http://onedollardietproject.wordpress.com/2008/09/01/it-starts-today/

[5] Day 30: http://onedollardietproject.wordpress.com/2008/09/30/day-thirty/

[6] them: http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20081122/news_1m22dollar.html

[7] quite: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/04/health/nutrition/04well.html?_r=1&ref=science

[8] some: http://onedollardietproject.wordpress.com/2008/12/11/as-seen-on-fox-and-friends/

[9] notoriety: http://onedollardietproject.wordpress.com/2008/12/03/as-seen-on-inside-edition/

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