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My Experiment Living on $3.33 a Day on a Vegan Diet
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Do you remember when produce used to be cheap?
I remember often buying two avocados for a dollar, and big
I didn’t even live in California or Mexico, and avocados
All the vegetables I buy now seem to have doubled in price
over the last 10 years. Celery used to always be 99 cents a
bunch. Now, the “base” price is usually $1.99, sometimes
Until I figured out some tips to make it work, I was
spending between $600 and $800 a month just to feed myself
on a high-raw diet.
This is more than many people spend on rent or a mortgage.
How much does the average Whole Foods Market shopper spend a
month on groceries and eating out? When a bag of organic
groceries can easily cost $80 and a glass of freshly
squeezed juice or a fresh smoothie can cost over $6, I know
that people who care about their health spend a lot on
Last summer, I went on a curious experiment where I
attempted to live on only $100 a month for food.
What motivated me to find out ways to spend less on food was
when I read a book called “Early Retirement Extreme” by a
Danish author who now lives in the USA.
This author described how he lived a “great life” on just
$7000 a year. His budget was actually only $80 a month for
all groceries and food expenses.
I thought, if this guy can live and eat well on so little,
then how could I figure out a way to do it as well?
The exact number is not important. What matters is that the
amount that you manage to save is significant, and that you
do it without sacrificing your health and most importantly,
So last summer, for a period of about 2-3 months, I went on
a little experiment. My goal was to spend only $100 a month
on food, and yet eat better and more nutritious foods than I
was before. I learned a great deal during this experiment,
and this is how I wrote my book “How to Eat Well for Under
$100 a Month on a Plant-Based Diet.”
I calculated the exact cost of all fruits per calories. I
also compared prices all over different cities, and compiled
all the best ways to get the best deals on food. What
started as a personal challenge turned into a sort of
economic science experiment.
I didn’t think it was possible to eat well for just $100 a
month until I tried it. And it worked!
One of the big changes I implemented was to stop buying
everything in bulk.
I know that sounds counterintuitive, but bulk deals are not
always the best. I used to buy all of my fruit by the box,
and I thought it was the best way to get the best price.
But what I discovered is that often, it’s much better to
discover stores that will advertise “loss leaders,” which
are specials that they run every week to attract customers.
I then focused on those foods and create your recipes around
what was on sale.
I spent a few months researching prices and I came up with a
definitive price list that I keep with me when I go
shopping. The price list tells you exactly what is the
maximum amount you should spend for each type of fruit,
vegetable, grain or other food. That way, you’ll know
instantly if you’re getting a good
deal or not.
*My Rule of Thumb*
In order to eat well for $100 a month, you have to find a
cheap source of healthy calories. This is actually the
easiest part of the program.
The biggest budget killer in a healthy diet is fresh
produce. The system for eating $100 a month on a plant-based
diet allows you to eat a healthy diet with fruits and
vegetables. However, those tend to be the most expensive
parts in one’s diet, besides eating out.
So my rule of thumb is to never pay more than 99 cents a
pound for fresh produce.
One way to get fruits and vegetables for 99 cents a pound or
less is to shop at supermarkets, local produce stores and
anywhere that advertises weekly specials.
You can compile, every week, a short list of the specials at
different stores around you. The easiest way to do this is
to write it all down on an index card and carry this with
you when you go shopping.
*Does It Need to be $100 a Month?*
The truth is, the target that I chose for my experiment,
$100 a month, was arbitrary because it was a fixed number. I
wanted to see if I could do it. Nowadays, I spend more than
this amount on food, but it’s still significantly less than
what I used to spend.
The reason this system works it’s because it’s customizable.
Once you know how it works, you can decide what your
personal target should be. Maybe eating organic food is
really important to you, so in this case you’ll alter the
strategy and the monthly budget for that.
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Well for Under $100 a Month on a Plant Based Diet”… you can
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