By Ed Nicholson
This week, I’m participating, along with several others in Northwest Arkansas, in the $25 Grocery Challenge, designed to show how difficult it is to live on the weekly amount typically provided to food stamp recipents.
Because of something I have going next Saturday, I too started on Saturday. I did, however, do most of my shopping on Sunday, stopping at the "W" store, as well as the "A" (discount & surplus) store. Some early thoughts:
- Oatmeal, cheap raisin bran, budget bread, peanut butter, ramen noodles and processed cheese slices early in the day can put one into the price range of a modest, but decent dinner–if you don’t mind spending a little time in the kitchen.
- (one that might not be politically correct at work) If people had to live on $25 a week, I’d be out of a job. One simply can’t buy much meat protein on this budget.
- (and one that won’t be PC in other circles) Locally-grown & organic? That’d be a tough one. Even imported fresh veggies (some of which I bought) push the envelope quite a bit. In our market, this time of year, frozen and canned are much more practically nutritious.