Eating while broke - eating enough?

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    Eating while broke - eating enough?

    Hi guys,

    So unfortunately, due to some unforeseen life events, I am on an extremely tight budget for the next 2-3 months.

    In order to make the most of my money in regards to nutrition I am currently eating the following:

    50 grams of for breakfast
    and in the evening 1 1/2 cups of lentil soup.

    The soup is similar to the one here except I add potatoes and celery.

    All in all my expenses per day is around R 15. (around 1 dollar)

    My question is this:
    Is that enough food intake not to cause any damage to the body over 2-3 months and if not what could I add?


    I have been doing this for 2 weeks already, having other foods here and there and till now I actually feel fine, if not better than usually.


      Here in Canada there are food banks for people and many churches have a breakfast. I wouldn't waste money on that smart food get some proper food. Look for a supermarket that has better food prices and specials. Do you have a freezer/fridge ? buy meat in bulk and freeze in portions, beef liver is very cheap and ground chicken or pork. Rice you can buy in bulk.


        Hi thinman. Thanks for the response.

        I was already thinking of making more of a stew than a soup and using rice as well.

        There are no such things as food banks here.


          Chicken hearts are also cheap, stuff like that has more nutrients and makes a good stew. I grew up poor in England so know how to survive good. Read the label on the stuff you buy and ask yourself "is this smart food".

          You don't say why you have to live off a $1 a day, don't they have social assistance in Cape Town?


            thinman. I am not even sure to be honest.

            Usually dont have a problem but it has been a rough last year.

            So I am biting the bullet for a while to get back on track


              Check behind restaurants, see what they throw out or ask if they have anything for free.


                The shake thing actually is pretty smart since it is a multivitamin + calories. Usually vitamins are pointless but, while eating a restricted diet they make sence.

                When I was dead broke post college my diet was rice and beans (cooked from dry); 1 week I would buy a bag of apples, next week a bag of onions, following week some tinned tomatoes. If I had extra money I would put some cheap meat into beans.


                  Legion Sounds like your on a voluntary budget, so you actually can do better but for a longer period to get back on track then stay in budget.

                  You can buy a big bag of pasta quite cheap, I like to empty cooked pasta onto a greased caste iron skillet cover with grated cheese which is cheap in the big blocks, then but under the broiler, lot of flavour when using hard aged cheddar.

                  Ground chicken is cheap and you can make little meatballs, tasty and tender. Lard is cheap and you can use for frying.


                    Hi thinman and 'rin. Thanks for your guys advice. Gives me something to think about


                      Have you read this?


                        Hi Legion,

                        We are also on a tight budget. We usually buy oats (2kg is cheaper in the long run), and basically eat vegetarian. So, lentils, beans, soup mix, rice, pasta,

                        for veg,

                        potatoes, onions, frozen mix veg. Beets are usually on the cheap side. Carrots. Cabbage. Spinach is also cheap p/bunch.

                        If maybe you have a PnP nearby, they usually have specials where you can buy big bags (2-5kg) of veggies for R100. If you are one person and you have a freezer, you can munch on them for a long time.

                        I guess the Futurelife makes sense, but yeah it doesn't fill me up so it's a waste on me personally.


                          Oh, and if you like yoghurt, Amasi (Maas) tends to be lots cheaper for a 2litre bottle. It has a similar nutrition profile to full cream milk, but it's a bit more tangy than yoghurt. You can always add a bit of jam or something if you don't like the tang. Good for the gut too.


                            Hi Nevetharine Thanks for that.

                            I have a PnP near me and I know of those specials.

                            For now I think I found the perfect balance for me ... even though it is a bit monotonous

                            I actually cook stew which works out cheaper than the soup as I mix it with rice.