I am always the last to find these things out.
Christopher Greenslate and Kerri Leonard are two San Diego high school teachers who endured a very difficult project: they lived on just $30 of groceries for an entire month. Not $30 a day (that's anyone who spends close to $200 a week on groceries!!!). Not $30 a week (which I am closer to, considering all the food I get from my family, the food I already have in my pantry, and the free samples I get at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Wegman's). No. Just $30 a month. That's one tough budget to live on.
They got the idea after talking about how much they spent on food, which they both agreed was too much. So they eventually got around to this decision: trying to live on $30 worth of food for a whole month. It wasn't to see how fun it would be. They did it, in their words, "to learn". Perhaps, one thing they've learned - which we all would learn by trying this formidable challenge - is what it's like for those who literally have to live on that kind of food budget in a big, expensive city.
Some of the revelations they had, as noted on a recent TV appearance (they've been on Inside Edition and Fox & Friends):
- Breakfast was unflavored oatmeal and lunch was peanut butter and jelly - one tablespoon each - on bread.
- They ate a lot of things from cans, and a lot of things in bulk. Specifically, things you can buy cheap in cans or bulk.
- One thing they had to steer clear of: fresh produce. Unless it's growing out of your garden, it gets expensive. That includes supermarkets, produce stands and farmers' markets, some of which sell produce pretty cheap - but not cheap enough to get you a month's worth of it.
- They lost lots of weight - the husband lost 14 pounds! But they also felt light-headed at times, so I don't think they recommend this as a weight loss strategy.