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I bet dollars to donuts that if you separate your food from your personal care items, "convenience foods," pet products, cleaning supplies and booze, that you don't spend more than I do. I eat very well. I haven't dropped much meat, though I have dropped a lot of alcohol over the years (and now a little goes a long way for me).

bullcity said:   

I'm vegetarian. I understand that you CAN live off of $200/month. But who the hell wants to? Again, if you don't have any money, kudos on being frugal. But if you have money, there's not any particular reason to eat rice and beans every day. I spend $500/mo at the grocery store which includes personal care items, a few convenience foods, dog/cat stuff, cleaning supplies, and booze. Life's too short to drink bad beer.


I am also a vegetarian and probably spend $50 a month, and if not that, less than $100 a month on groceries. The only time spending spikes is if I treat myself to Morningstar Maple Flavored Sausages/ Gimme Lean Sausages, which are the best vegetarian foods in the universe. As kloakndaggers said, I make 99% of things from scratch. Flour, eggs, sugar, salt, baking powder, vegetables, etc. are all moderately cheap and I can make some nice meals. I make pasta from scratch, which is cheap and can fill you up very nicely. You would probably save a lot of money if you did not drink at all.

Of course, it is your life and if you are alright with spending that much a money that is brilliant. I just can not fathom spending so much in a grocery store. I would not say I am right, but I do not have to worry about how I am going to pay bills. I just do not like spending a lot of money on short term pleasures.

ziffy said:   I could go to casino and do other unresponsible spendings.
But it's time to go back to reality.

No go because they want cash only: mortgage, house insurance, utilities, car payment, student loans.



Am I the only one that thinks it's strange that these bills have to be paid in cash?

suezyque said:   ziffy said:   I could go to casino and do other unresponsible spendings.
But it's time to go back to reality.

No go because they want cash only: mortgage, house insurance, utilities, car payment, student loans.



Am I the only one that thinks it's strange that these bills have to be paid in cash?

Credit card processing fees cost merchants money. Some merchants have those fees built into their pricing structure. Others, especially those whose prices are subject to governmental regulation, don't, and will either accept cash (or forms of it, such as checks) only or will accept CC's, but will pass the processing fees on to the consumer.

ETA: My home and auto insurance company (AAA) accepts credit card payments.

50$ a month? .....that's incredible... that's like 1.60cents a day o.O. you are in the usa right? cuz third world that's normal but that's pretty crazymjoply said:   bullcity said:   

I'm vegetarian. I understand that you CAN live off of $200/month. But who the hell wants to? Again, if you don't have any money, kudos on being frugal. But if you have money, there's not any particular reason to eat rice and beans every day. I spend $500/mo at the grocery store which includes personal care items, a few convenience foods, dog/cat stuff, cleaning supplies, and booze. Life's too short to drink bad beer.


I am also a vegetarian and probably spend $50 a month, and if not that, less than $100 a month on groceries. The only time spending spikes is if I treat myself to Morningstar Maple Flavored Sausages/ Gimme Lean Sausages, which are the best vegetarian foods in the universe. As kloakndaggers said, I make 99% of things from scratch. Flour, eggs, sugar, salt, baking powder, vegetables, etc. are all moderately cheap and I can make some nice meals. I make pasta from scratch, which is cheap and can fill you up very nicely. You would probably save a lot of money if you did not drink at all.

Of course, it is your life and if you are alright with spending that much a money that is brilliant. I just can not fathom spending so much in a grocery store. I would not say I am right, but I do not have to worry about how I am going to pay bills. I just do not like spending a lot of money on short term pleasures.

Send the card to me, I promise I will spend only 2k for you to reach your limit.

Give it to me. I won't charge you any fees for it.

ok, I will up my bid. I will give you $10 in return.

kloakndaggers said:   50$ a month? .....that's incredible... that's like 1.60cents a day o.O. you are in the usa right? cuz third world that's normal but that's pretty crazymjoply said:   bullcity said:   

I'm vegetarian. I understand that you CAN live off of $200/month. But who the hell wants to? Again, if you don't have any money, kudos on being frugal. But if you have money, there's not any particular reason to eat rice and beans every day. I spend $500/mo at the grocery store which includes personal care items, a few convenience foods, dog/cat stuff, cleaning supplies, and booze. Life's too short to drink bad beer.


I am also a vegetarian and probably spend $50 a month, and if not that, less than $100 a month on groceries. The only time spending spikes is if I treat myself to Morningstar Maple Flavored Sausages/ Gimme Lean Sausages, which are the best vegetarian foods in the universe. As kloakndaggers said, I make 99% of things from scratch. Flour, eggs, sugar, salt, baking powder, vegetables, etc. are all moderately cheap and I can make some nice meals. I make pasta from scratch, which is cheap and can fill you up very nicely. You would probably save a lot of money if you did not drink at all.

Of course, it is your life and if you are alright with spending that much a money that is brilliant. I just can not fathom spending so much in a grocery store. I would not say I am right, but I do not have to worry about how I am going to pay bills. I just do not like spending a lot of money on short term pleasures.


I'm with this guy - what the heck? I'm even shocked when people say they spend $100/pp/per month. That's approximately $3 and change a day, or about $1 a meal... are you eating filler grains at every single meal? Do you EVER eat fish or meat?

I buy cow shares from a local farmer and the grass-fed meat STILL comes out to $6.xx a lb when all's said and done, and that's on the cheap end - how are you guys doing it??

Portion control, and leftovers. The Obese American lifestyle is so entrenched, that normal healthy portion sizes seem downright spartan. But the status quo is not healthy for your heart or your wallet.

Where do you live where you can only pay for those large expenses in cash?

That'a quite odd.

If you are only eating $50/month in food, then you aren't eating healthy/quality foods.

kloakndaggers said:   50$ a month? .....that's incredible... that's like 1.60cents a day o.O. you are in the usa right? cuz third world that's normal but that's pretty crazy



I really do not eat that much. I usually eat two meals a day and sometimes one. I either have oatmeal or cornmeal mush (polenta) in the morning with a slice of toast(homemade). In the evening I will usually eat something light, like a little bit of pasta if I feel like making it, or I will make some cheesy bread that can last me a while since I freeze things a lot. During the day I will have a cup of tea with maybe a cookie or a cinnamon roll that I baked and froze. It is really easy if you do not need to eat much, like me. I can understand though if people eat three medium sized meals a day that it can be challenging to spend less; three meals to me is too many. It may seem weird, but I do not usually get hungry, but that stems from eating issues I had back in high school.

mjoply said:   kloakndaggers said:   50$ a month? .....that's incredible... that's like 1.60cents a day o.O. you are in the usa right? cuz third world that's normal but that's pretty crazy



I really do not each that much. I usually eat two meals a day and sometimes one. I either have oatmeal or cornmeal mush (polenta) in the morning with a slice of toast(homemade). In the evening I will usually eat something light, like a little bit of pasta if I feel like making it, or I will make some cheesy bread that can last me a while since I freeze things a lot. During the day I will have a cup of tea with maybe a cookie or a cinnamon roll that I baked and froze. It is really easy if you do not need to eat much, like me. I can understand though if people eat three medium sized meals a day that it can be challenging to spend less; three meals to me is too many. It may seem weird, but I do not usually get hungry, but that stems from eating issues I had back in high school.


Your diet isn't healthy in the slightest. I assume you are male, and you aren't eating enough for one thing. What foods you ARE eating are carbs, fat, sugar and starch. This is a very poor diet.

mjoply said:   kloakndaggers said:   50$ a month? .....that's incredible... that's like 1.60cents a day o.O. you are in the usa right? cuz third world that's normal but that's pretty crazy



I really do not eat that much. I usually eat two meals a day and sometimes one. I either have oatmeal or cornmeal mush (polenta) in the morning with a slice of toast(homemade). In the evening I will usually eat something light, like a little bit of pasta if I feel like making it, or I will make some cheesy bread that can last me a while since I freeze things a lot. During the day I will have a cup of tea with maybe a cookie or a cinnamon roll that I baked and froze. It is really easy if you do not need to eat much, like me. I can understand though if people eat three medium sized meals a day that it can be challenging to spend less; three meals to me is too many. It may seem weird, but I do not usually get hungry, but that stems from eating issues I had back in high school.


Sounds like you still have those eating issues now. The meals you described are NOT healthy vegetarian meals, and your health is not a short-term pleasure.... I make pretty good money, so I'm not going to begrudge myself fresh foods, a healthy diet, or, horror of horrors, a $6.50 crepe brunch at a little restaurant by the beach on Saturdays.

suezyque said:   

Your diet isn't healthy in the slightest. I assume you are male, and you aren't eating enough for one thing. What foods you ARE eating are carbs, fat, sugar and starch. This is a very poor diet.


I am male. I forgot to mention that I do eat vegetables fairly often. When asparagus is on sale, or at least not $6 a pound, I get a bunch of that. I make broccoli and carrot soup, vegetarian scrapple (multiple vegetables cooked and mashed together with some cornmeal to hold it together), vegetarian burgers (mushrooms with some beans slapped together and cooked), and a few other things. I just do not make these on a regular basis. I do get all of the food groups, except meat of course, but just do not eat a lot. In the summer when tomatoes and corn can be planted, I eat a lot of those. Weight has always been an issue for me and now that I am skinny again, I do not want to go back to where I was.

Sorry. Reading how some people here live off $50/month meals budget reminds me that I don't belong to the "FWF spirit" and some of its posters' financial input should be taken with a pinch of salt. You only live once.
And to answer the OP question, your best bet is Amazon Payments, while it lasts.

I highly doubt there are multiple people in here living on $50/mo or less

mjoply said:   suezyque said:   

Your diet isn't healthy in the slightest. I assume you are male, and you aren't eating enough for one thing. What foods you ARE eating are carbs, fat, sugar and starch. This is a very poor diet.


I am male. I forgot to mention that I do eat vegetables fairly often. When asparagus is on sale, or at least not $6 a pound, I get a bunch of that. I make broccoli and carrot soup, vegetarian scrapple (multiple vegetables cooked and mashed together with some cornmeal to hold it together), vegetarian burgers (mushrooms with some beans slapped together and cooked), and a few other things. I just do not make these on a regular basis. I do get all of the food groups, except meat of course, but just do not eat a lot. In the summer when tomatoes and corn can be planted, I eat a lot of those. Weight has always been an issue for me and now that I am skinny again, I do not want to go back to where I was.


Your diet is sorely lacking in protein. Muscle needs protein. You may be skinny, but it's only because you have no muscle. Your body will consume muscle if you don't feed it properly. It sounds as if you have some major issues with food. You should see both a nutritionist and a counselor. Starving yourself on $50/month of food is only killing your health. The side effects of your poor nutrition can be deadly, but on the short term, your brain fails to function properly, muscle attrition, osteoporosis, depression, stress, fatigue, gout...... and the list goes on. There are a lot of things I don't know about, but one thing I do know about is proper nutrition. The damage you are doing to your body with your lack of good/healthy nutrition WILL be detrimental to your health.

suezyque said:   mjoply said:   suezyque said:   

Your diet isn't healthy in the slightest. I assume you are male, and you aren't eating enough for one thing. What foods you ARE eating are carbs, fat, sugar and starch. This is a very poor diet.


I am male. I forgot to mention that I do eat vegetables fairly often. When asparagus is on sale, or at least not $6 a pound, I get a bunch of that. I make broccoli and carrot soup, vegetarian scrapple (multiple vegetables cooked and mashed together with some cornmeal to hold it together), vegetarian burgers (mushrooms with some beans slapped together and cooked), and a few other things. I just do not make these on a regular basis. I do get all of the food groups, except meat of course, but just do not eat a lot. In the summer when tomatoes and corn can be planted, I eat a lot of those. Weight has always been an issue for me and now that I am skinny again, I do not want to go back to where I was.


Your diet is sorely lacking in protein. Muscle needs protein. You may be skinny, but it's only because you have no muscle. Your body will consume muscle if you don't feed it properly. It sounds as if you have some major issues with food. You should see both a nutritionist and a counselor. Starving yourself on $50/month of food is only killing your health. The side effects of your poor nutrition can be deadly, but on the short term, your brain fails to function properly, muscle attrition, osteoporosis, depression, stress, fatigue, gout...... and the list goes on. There are a lot of things I don't know about, but one thing I do know about is proper nutrition. The damage you are doing to your body with your lack of good/healthy nutrition WILL be detrimental to your health.


We just observed someone with disordered eating provide his food spending as an example of frugal living. That's new.

RushnRockt said:   suezyque said:   mjoply said:   suezyque said:   

Your diet isn't healthy in the slightest. I assume you are male, and you aren't eating enough for one thing. What foods you ARE eating are carbs, fat, sugar and starch. This is a very poor diet.


I am male. I forgot to mention that I do eat vegetables fairly often. When asparagus is on sale, or at least not $6 a pound, I get a bunch of that. I make broccoli and carrot soup, vegetarian scrapple (multiple vegetables cooked and mashed together with some cornmeal to hold it together), vegetarian burgers (mushrooms with some beans slapped together and cooked), and a few other things. I just do not make these on a regular basis. I do get all of the food groups, except meat of course, but just do not eat a lot. In the summer when tomatoes and corn can be planted, I eat a lot of those. Weight has always been an issue for me and now that I am skinny again, I do not want to go back to where I was.


Your diet is sorely lacking in protein. Muscle needs protein. You may be skinny, but it's only because you have no muscle. Your body will consume muscle if you don't feed it properly. It sounds as if you have some major issues with food. You should see both a nutritionist and a counselor. Starving yourself on $50/month of food is only killing your health. The side effects of your poor nutrition can be deadly, but on the short term, your brain fails to function properly, muscle attrition, osteoporosis, depression, stress, fatigue, gout...... and the list goes on. There are a lot of things I don't know about, but one thing I do know about is proper nutrition. The damage you are doing to your body with your lack of good/healthy nutrition WILL be detrimental to your health.


We just observed someone with disordered eating provide his food spending as an example of frugal living. That's new.


I agree he is ruining his health thinking eating less is better. I was similar when younger and now doctor says my cholesterol is too low and I am now on an all fish diet. Better to force feed yourself and spend to stay healthy throughout your life.

suezyque said:   

Your diet is sorely lacking in protein. Muscle needs protein. You may be skinny, but it's only because you have no muscle. Your body will consume muscle if you don't feed it properly. It sounds as if you have some major issues with food. You should see both a nutritionist and a counselor. Starving yourself on $50/month of food is only killing your health. The side effects of your poor nutrition can be deadly, but on the short term, your brain fails to function properly, muscle attrition, osteoporosis, depression, stress, fatigue, gout...... and the list goes on. There are a lot of things I don't know about, but one thing I do know about is proper nutrition. The damage you are doing to your body with your lack of good/healthy nutrition WILL be detrimental to your health.


Soy milk, cheese, eggs, green vegetables, beans, and vegetarian prepared products all have protein. Thank you for your concern, but people would be surprised how easy $50 a month is. Buying things when they are on sale and buying store brand is the key. Cheerios cost more than four dollars a box; Toasted Oats(Acme brand Cheerios) cost 1.89 for the same box. Almost all store brand products are a dollar or two cheaper and most taste the same or better than the big brands.

mjoply said:   suezyque said:   

Your diet is sorely lacking in protein. Muscle needs protein. You may be skinny, but it's only because you have no muscle. Your body will consume muscle if you don't feed it properly. It sounds as if you have some major issues with food. You should see both a nutritionist and a counselor. Starving yourself on $50/month of food is only killing your health. The side effects of your poor nutrition can be deadly, but on the short term, your brain fails to function properly, muscle attrition, osteoporosis, depression, stress, fatigue, gout...... and the list goes on. There are a lot of things I don't know about, but one thing I do know about is proper nutrition. The damage you are doing to your body with your lack of good/healthy nutrition WILL be detrimental to your health.


Soy milk, cheese, eggs, green vegetables, beans, and vegetarian prepared products all have protein. Thank you for your concern, but people would be surprised how easy $50 a month is. Buying things when they are on sale and buying store brand is the key. Cheerios cost more than four dollars a box; Toasted Oats(Acme brand Cheerios) cost 1.89 for the same box. Almost all store brand products are a dollar or two cheaper and most taste the same or better than the big brands.


You can try to justify your eating/food choices from now until eternity. Everyone else knows $50/month ($1.67/day) isn't enough to feed a person properly. You, yourself even said you eat once or twice/day. Dude, you have an eating disorder, you even said so yourself. It didn't end in HS, it continues on. You, sir, are in denial.

I just had an idea: Vegas...

1) Flight
2) Hotel (maybe, depending on schedule)
3) High end "escort"

$2k spent.

naas said:   bullcity said:   Would love to see OP post their credit card bills. I spend at least $100 every time I walk in to the grocery store. If you don't have any money, kudos on being frugal, but using bad toilet paper and eating a bunch of junk from couponing is not really grounds to be condescending. Buy some damn fruits and vegetables with your rebate.

It's rare that I spend more than $30 in a single grocery trip, and I probably spend about $200/mo on groceries for 2 people. I cook at home about 28 days a month, all of it from scratch. Cooking from scratch can be 2-3x cheaper than prepared foods and junk food. I use a lot of fresh produce too, and you have to shop around but it can be had for nearly all around $1/pound, far cheaper than quality meat. The real budget busters at the grocery stores are the unhealthy "value" added stuff, like salty snacks, alcohol, candy, microwave food, fancy cereal, high end red meat, etc. plain old basic healthy food is cheap (in the US at least, thanks to farm subsidies etc). It's more expensive to live on junk food.

Of course, there are a ton of foodstuffs and toiletries that you could stock up on in advance just to meet a CC bonus, not to mention gift cards, which don't spoil


You go to the grocery store 7 times a month?

Is that too many or too few?



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