A common excuse for hitting up the drive through is that it's cheaper than healthier fare. Rebecca Currie of North Carolina set out to disprove that eating poorly is less expensive than eating healthy and has been living on food that costs just $1 a day. She explained, "It's been a source of frustration for me for a long time that people say eating poorly is cheaper than eating well," and took on this extreme-budget challenge to help her friends learn how to cook nutritiously on less money.
Currie says the first week of her one-month experiment was the hardest, and she's been tracking her progress on her blog. In reviewing some of her recent meals, it looks like she's been filling up on things like homemade chicken noodle soup, inexpensive grains like millet, steel cut oats, and eggs.
Her point isn't to encourage others to limit their food budgets to just $1 a day, but to prove that eating nutritiously on a strict budget is possible. She said, "It's about looking at what you've got and thinking about what you want. If I can do this for $1, think about what I can do for $5 or $10." By planning your meals before grocery shopping, you'll have better success buying everything you need to make full meals while staying on a track with your spending. Have you tried figuring out how much your food costs per day?