Those of you that knows me for a while now knows that I am on food stamps. Look, I am not happy being on SNAP and would rather be making money and buying my own groceries. But when no one will hire you and you have crossed the 1,500th job rejection, what can you do? So for now, I am on food stamps until someone hires me or I get on Social Security Disability.
So, those of you who are on food stamps knows how painful it can be, but you are also grateful that you are not starving in the United States. So, for the ones who likes to criticize me on social media, I only get $190 a month on food stamps. That means I have to plan meals for 30-31 days each month on that $190. This means I only get about $5 a day to eat, only $5, that’s it! So, how is it like to spend so little at the store?
Let’s start with the produce, sadly most of this is out of my budget. I mean, spending around $3-5 on a bag of salad when you only can spend $40-45 a week (7 days) is out of my reach.
Then stuff like apples that costs over $5 for a bag is also out of my reach. Remember, you have only $45 a week to feed yourself.
And last week, a pack of chicken breasts and a pack of pork chops both costed over $10! Too far out of my budget!
So, what do I buy with the $40-45 a week? I decided to take photos of what I would eat for the entire week, and you also have to remember this. Anything I buy I also must walk back home for over a mile!
So, I buy the most food I can get for the lowest price. I want a full belly, and not feel hungry. And on weekdays, I only eat one meal a day for dinner, and that is it! On weekends, I try to have some breakfast, and I buy a box of frosted flakes for 89 cents, and milk for about $2.50, the cheaper the better, and I don’t care about the nutritional stuff.
So for two nights of dinner, I got a pack of hot dogs for $1.39, hot dog buns for $1.29, and fries for $1.99.
Two other nights of dinner features a pack of ground meat for $5.50, hamburger buns for $1.29, cheese for $1.99, and fries for $1.99.
Two other nights of dinner features 10 fish fillets for $4.99 and mashed potatoes for $2.
And one other night of dinner features a frozen pizza for $3.50 and garlic bread for $1.99.
I also try to eat something sweet after dinner a few nights a week. Even people trying to lose weight will enjoy some ice cream, and for $2.50, it’s a deal!
And for a snack, it’s microwave popcorn for $1.19. I can only afford the cheap stuff!
I also brew some sweet tea at home which I enjoy during dinner. 100 tea bags cost $1.18 and the sugar cost $1.99.
And I have plenty of refillable water bottles at home. I use these flavor packets where I get 8 for $1.
At the end, everything costs about $40. And that is all I can afford! Look, when someone hires me I can concentrate on eating healthier and can afford to eat healthier. When people are on a very extremely tight budget, they are going to get the most food possible for the lowest cost. Who cares about the fat and calories! To sum things up, which will make your belly more fuller? One apple or a big bag of microwave popcorn?
And let me talk about something else! I posted this photo showing that I had some foot pain. When you do miles and miles of walking, it is eventually going to happen!
Some people on social media suggested some things like:
Might be time to consider losing some weight bro.. even 20lbs would help your feet.
You don’t need money to exercise. You can use your own body weight to work out.
The ONLY thing that will make you lose weight is a caloric deficit. You MUST eat less calories than you utilize during the day.
You gotta ditch the empty carbs… Bread, sugar, flour, wheat. By the way, most of those end up as sugar and then fat. Better to avoid.
How about jump rope and air squats?
Well, good luck with that! Without any income, what can you do? To do more things like eating healthier, or doing more exercises, which can not be done at my apartment because people hear me and complain, you need something that is 5 letters long. I will let the GIF below tell you what I need!