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(Newsnet5)   Can you live below the poverty line on $1.50 a day? How much is Ramen flavored noodles and a 40oz of Old English 800 nowadays?   ( divider line
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9159 clicks; posted to Main » on 14 Jun 2012 at 3:04 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-06-14 01:10:07 PM  
7 votes:

bdub77: shiat I spend $1.50 on gas just getting to work every day.

That's nothing: I spend $1.50 on food just getting gas every day!
2012-06-14 07:30:22 PM  
2 votes:

Blackwind: stonicus: malaktaus: I was homeless for 18 months at one point, and since I refused to accept charity I got most of my food from the trash. I went weeks at a time without spending any money at all, so I could certainl live on $1.50 a day. It would suck ass, though, so fark all that.

Just curious, but why would you refuse help?

Because charity in this country comes with a heavy cost.
Namely the scorn and spittle of your fellow man.

Take that scorn and spittle, add an old steak bone and some veggies from the dumpster, and you've got yourself a stew going!
2012-06-14 03:26:23 PM  
2 votes:

I grew a pepper. Right now, on my porch, is a baby pepper. I anticipate it will be ripe in a few weeks.

/cost about $30 for supplies, dirt, water, etc, but damnit: I created food!
2012-06-15 12:25:24 PM  
1 vote:

davidab: probesport: Yuri Futanari: Heck I'm close to doing that now almost.

Chicken pot pie is wonderful, also why I no longer have an appendix.

How do you credit Chicken pot pie with no longer having an appendix?

I'm picturing a Rumplestiltskin type deal.
2012-06-14 06:16:41 PM  
1 vote:

Wangiss: meat0918: $1.5 for food a day

Yeah, I could do it. But then again, I have a huge garden this time of year that cuts about $20-30(sometimes more) out of my grocery bill, and this year the rain has been odd for Oregon. It's been raining in the morning, then getting sunny out in the afternoon. The plants are loving it.

I get kinda pissed if my grocery bill for the week gets over $100 for my family of 4 (kids are only 5 and 7). Meanwhile I hear about people's $250 grocery bill for their similar sized family, and ask myself, "How the fark do you spend $250 on food a week?".

Living farther from the coast, food gets pricier in decent areas. Somehow the food is still cheap in crappy areas, though.

Also, some people don't know about the awesome Mexican greengrocer.

we know about him. we just want him to go back to where he came from.
2012-06-14 05:58:53 PM  
1 vote:
In college, I'd have to:

• Wander through the food court (worked in a mall) and scope fairly untouched left-overs left on tables.
• Go to the Pizza Inn lunch buffet, and fill a shopping bag with tons of tupperware containers so I could eat for 7-10 days on that alone.
• Eat while "shopping" at the grocery store, then (once full), leave my cart and just walk out.

/liberal arts major
2012-06-14 05:01:58 PM  
1 vote:
Wrong thread oops.
2012-06-14 04:01:53 PM  
1 vote:

dittybopper: Euell Gibbons: Tree bark is free.

I used to be a Barkeater.

But then you took an arrow to the knothole?
2012-06-14 03:58:30 PM  
1 vote:

Pocket Ninja: Living on $1.50 a day in a place like New York City or even Memphis is a little bit different than living on $1.50 a day in Ethiopia.

That was the first thing I thought of. Prices in places where people only have $1,50 are quite a bit lower than where I do my shopping. The value of a chicken is roughly the same as the price for an AK-47. Which according to this source will cost you about $600. A living chicken can't be all that expensive ($10 at most?) so that $1,50 should be multiplied by (at most) 60. This gives us an upper limit of daily expenses around the $90 which means I already live far below the poverty level.

/They should be exporting AK-47 and importing chickens.
2012-06-14 03:58:04 PM  
1 vote:

proteus_b: downstairs: The cost of living varies from state to state, city to city. I'm sure somewhere in America, if someone bought the exact same stuff you paid $100 on... the bill would be $250.

More likely it's people in his location, and the reason is that they likely buy processed foods. The idea of companies like Kraft (actually the idea behind any successful business) is to add value to a product, thus being able to sell it for more than they bought it. For instance, a bag of potatoes may cost 2 dollars (or less if bought in bulk, but ignore that) and if you can process many bags of potatoes into many more boxes of "au gratin potatoes", "frozen hashbrowns" and the like, they have added value to the potatoes in a profitable way.

sometimes it's worth it to just buy processed food, because the time you spend on cooking is also worth money---i don't make my own pesto, for instance. but buying and eating ONLY processed food has deleterious effects both on the wallet and your health.

On the last part about eating only processed foods being bad for you, says who? I mean I guess it depends on how you define processed, but 5 days a week I have some skim milk (any dairy you can buy in the store is at least pasturized) and instant oatmeal (Individually packaged and flavored) for breakfast, for lunch its a turkey sandwich(turkey is not from the butcher, its the leftovers pounded into circles) cheese, honey mustard, and pickles, baby carrots, yogurt, fruit cup, 2 fish oil pills, and a multi-vitamin. So far the only unprocessed thing is the carrots which I could easily sub for shredded carrots. let's say I have hamburger helper for dinner, please tell me how this diet is so horrible for me?
2012-06-14 03:36:04 PM  
1 vote:

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If I KULD SPELL!!!! This MIGHT be funny...

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2012-06-14 03:34:45 PM  
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2012-06-14 03:33:34 PM  
1 vote:
They aint' starvin'.
I saw a kid on the news the other day from Ethiopia that was so stuffed his belly was sticking out. Must of just had a picnic cause the flies were all over the place.And man the women go naked over there. I bet I could bang a whole tribe for three dollars in pennies. BTW anyone et a chance at the new BK Bacon Sundae??
2012-06-14 03:31:40 PM  
1 vote:
Easy... don't eat for 2 days, day 3 get a 20 piece nugget... repeat...
2012-06-14 03:28:44 PM  
1 vote:
I just don't get it. How can you make less than $2 a day in the USA? If everything else in my life went to shiat I'd still know how to gather enough legit scrap to make $20-$30 a day. Of course, if all those people getting by on less than $2 a day were to get motivated then things might get harder.

/Done about $2k profit in the past week while mostly sitting around.
//I managed to outsource most of my own job.
2012-06-14 03:28:17 PM  
1 vote:
Refuse to do it? Yes. I'd rather walk to work and have more money to spend on food. If I only had $1.50 for food, I'd prefer to die.
2012-06-14 03:19:04 PM  
1 vote:

D-Liver: These kinds of questions solve nothing. The real question is WHY are these people living on 1.50 a day?

Because they wouldn't work for less than that. Greedy bastards.
2012-06-14 03:15:10 PM  
1 vote:
an even bigger challenge---live above the poverty line on 1.50 per day...

/may require gate-crashing MLB alum parties
2012-06-14 03:09:50 PM  
1 vote:

Pocket Ninja: Living on $1.50 a day in a place like New York City or even Memphis is a little bit different than living on $1.50 a day in Ethiopia.

I lived in Memphis, and aside from the cost of living, it was quite a bit like Ethiopia
2012-06-14 03:05:57 PM  
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2012-06-14 01:56:45 PM  
1 vote:
If I went back in time to 1900, yes I could live on $1.50 a day.
2012-06-14 01:23:52 PM  
1 vote:
Can you live below the poverty line on $1.50 a day? Well I sure as hell can't live above the poverty line on that.
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