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Can *you* keep your food budget to $30 a week??

The lovely Tami Hardeman — the only woman on the planet who can unite mollusks, a paintbrush and black nail polish into a vision of desire — has talked a number of her blogging, Twittering and Yelping zoomates into getting by for the week on just $30. She admits she can blow through nearly that much “in a nanosecond in the right store or restaurant,” but was motivated after reading about the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which averaged to $24 per week in fiscal year 2007.

You can follow Tami’s progress on her blog, Running with Tweezers. (You have to click through to get both the link to the blog and the strange reference to nail polish.)

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February 25th, 2009
11:32 am

You can only eat so much beans and rice.

Sounds a litle gimicky such as the politicians a couple of years ago who tried to live on $100 or the equivalent of food stamps for a month. One guy admitted having to go to the local food cupboard. Another said the worst was going to the complimentary political benefits and ignoring the shrimp and roast beef so he could go home and eat his government cheese.

Interestingly, all reported that they lost weight.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

February 25th, 2009
1:19 pm


As one of the participants in this challenge I can tell you that it’s not necessarily a gimmick as we have nothing really to gain other than the understanding of what it takes to live on $30 this week. I will admit that I doubt any of us will maintain this lifestyle beyond this week, a luxury most of those receiving Federal assistance do not have. Therefore, “suffering” for one week is just that, suffering for one week.

I agree that one can only eat so much rice and beans. However, you may be surprised at what you can eat for $30 / week.

If you’d like to see how my week is going, you can check out

ps – I too am hoping that I can report a weight loss at week’s end.