To Alison McLaren. Will give donation Wednesday, but now a few suggestions based on my own experience. I am posting here (on my personal Facebook page) rather than commenting because I can write longer.
Two comments. First, it depends on how near to you the supermarkets are. If you have to shop at the corner store, things are harder. Second, it depends on what condiments etc that you start with.At $2 per day, you have to factor replacements in.
So, what's cheap? Bread and milk. For $4, you can get a loaf plus a large milk container thanks to the supermarket wars. May not be good for farmers, but it helps those with no cash. Then consider rice and lentils. Boiled rice for lunch, fried rice for dinner.
The cheapest meats are sausages and chook. Especially chook. Forget free range, a battery produced hen at eight dollars will give you five meals. Look at the discount area in the meat section. Sometimes you will find very cheap cuts there that you can cook at once.
Baked beans are quite expensive. You can get a tin of Italian tomatoes, I think, I haven't checked today, for 99 cents. That can go on two slices of toast. Much better than baked beans, and under $2.
If you are really poor, you have to spend a lot of time walking and choosing. No impulse buys. Often the green grocers are cheapest because they will have cut price stuff near the use buy date that the supermarkets would have thrown out. Like a large bag of carrots for $1.99. You might hate carrots, but at twenty cents a carrot it's hard to go by. Potatoes are another standby, you will sometimes find them for less than a two dollars a kilo. Remember, the Irish survived on them.
Hate potatoes? Add some margarine - $1.79 IGA Sunday. That can go on your toast as well.
It's not that you can't live on $2 per day for food, but it just takes so much time that might be spent on other things, like finding some more income.It's much easier to go for cheap fast food and hang the expense.
In response Walter Adamson, an old Ndarala colleague wrote:
Chicken is a good deal as you said, and throw all the remains to make a stock into which you add use-by marked down chicken sausages and use-by marked down chopped vegetables or cold-slaw plus those carrots you mentioned and potato garlic pepper bay leaf and you have 3 or 4 more meals.All good stuff. But I would add a few more qualifications beyond the condiments you have at home and the distance to the supermarket.
One is your existing kitchen equipment. A slow cooker helps enormously. Keep it on and just throw the stuff in. Of course, and this brings me to my second qualification, you have to be able to pay for electricity. Otherwise you are cooking outside in a pit in the garden with whatever wood you can find.
Now here is my challenge. What would be your weekly menu? What have I forgotten?
I mentioned at the start that a friend was undertaking the $2 day challenge. Her name is Alison McLaren. As I write, donations in support are still open. You can find the details here.