Four Days on Food Stamps

December 14, 2011 at 11:19 am | Posted in Food Stamp Challenge | Leave a comment

Starting day four of the Food Stamp Challenge.   Thanks to the Youth Abilities kids from JFSA I had a nice lunch yesterday that cost $1.37 – pbj sandwich, apple and granola bars.  Noticing that “carbs” are filling my diet more than usual since they are the least expensive food group.  Also, my meals are pretty boring since I have limited things to choose from.  Yesterday, grabbed a SOBE water in the evening out of habit…drank half the bottle before I realized it wasn’t in my weekly budget to have it.  Had to forfeit other food to stay in budget for the week.   Making me really think about what it would be like to be a parent and have to think so much about feeding my kids and having to trade-off between healthy food and offering them “more” food.

2nd Day of Food Stamp Challenge – Missing Starbucks and Dunkin Coffee

December 12, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Posted in Food Stamp Challenge | 1 Comment

by Jennifer Cohen

Almost two days down with the Food Stamp Challenge.  More challenging than I thought to eat on less than $5 dollars a day.  Oatmeal for breakfast and pbj sandwiches for lunch helps me have a slightly better dinner at night.   Had to really cut out most fresh fruits and veggies for the week.   Did get a bag of tangerines which allows 2 each day.  Missing my daily coffee run but have realized the money I spend on coffee and bottled water can be better spent (or saved!).   Jealous of what my kids are eating  and how they have no idea of what it means to go hungry (even for a short time).

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