Food Stamp Challenge

Can a family live off a food stamp budget, and still eat a healthy diet?  Yes, they can!  I fed my family on $2, per person, per day.  ($140 for my family of 10; we’ve added a darling daughter since then.) We weren’t on food stamps during these 40 weeks, but our budget was tight and we paid cash for all food purchases (I think I was on WIC after the baby was born, I don’t recall.)

According to government data, I should be spending over $1200 on the thrifty plan!  So far, 4 months in, I’m spending less than half that amount.

One of my children is on a special diet, similar to the Feingold diet, eliminating artificial colors, sweeteners, MSG, and lard substitutes (BHA/BHT/TBHQ).  I was pregnant at the time I wrote this, and was eating a diabetic diet to control blood sugars. (Note:while the challenge was going on, my blood sugar issues cleared up, my A1C is great, and I passed the glucose tolerance test!

You won’t find a lot of Kool-Aid and ramen noodles, but I will try to post recipes kids will actually eat that are well rounded and cheap!

I moved the early posts from my old site, consolidating them by month.  I hope that’s easy for everyone to read!

Weekly Average (2009): $111.43

Total spent this year: $4457.44

October

Week 40: $60.88

September

Week 39: $40

Week 38: $28

Week 36 -37: $228

August

Week 31: $177.02

Week 32: $194.74(Challenge – eat for 2 weeks without going to the store)

Week 33-35: $62

July

Week 30: $42.22

Week 29:  $100.51

Week 28: $121.87

Week 27: $195.85

June

(Editor’s note: we welcomed our fourth daughter into the world this month!)

Week 26: $120.21

Week 25: $155.44

Week 24: $175

Week 23: $92.17

Week 22: $85.14

May, 2009 total: $563.24

Week 21: $ 129.91

Week 20: $ 124.43

Week 19: $135.85

Week 18: $173.05

April, 2009

Week 17: $174.34

Week 16: $121.29

Week 15: $182.65

Week 14: $98.01

Week 13: $82.73

Total April: $659.02

March, 2009 week 9-12

Week 12: $217.46

Week 11: $221.30

Week 10: $82.73

Week 9: $30.78

Total March: $552.57

February, 2009 Week 6-8

Week 8: $109.59

Week 7: $0

Week 6: $225

Total February: 334.59

January, 2009 Week 1-5

Week 4 & 5: $50

Week 3: $151.25

Week 2: $161.99

Week 1: $105.73

Total January: $ 468.97

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