An anonymous commenter asked me how I live on $80 per month for food. Well, I don't live on $80 per month, that is the minimum that I allocate towards food in my minimum budget. That $80 would cover the staple foods like beans, rice, frozen vegetables, chicken, cheese, milk and juice. Any other food extras would come out of my paycheck when I get a minimum wage part time job.
My budget right now has $100 in my food category. Looking back over the last 3 months I have spent $154 in May, $99 in June, and $85 in July so far. May was a stock up month and the extra money came out of other budget categories like electricity. I have $85 for electricity per month but my bills aren't that high. Last month the electric bill was only $65 so that gives me a little fun money. The first part of July was spent with relatives and they fed me (thanks relatives!). I don't plan on going to the grocery store again until August.
I could buy healthier food with my money but I must admit that this month I bought candy, cookies and soda. I eat them slowly so I don't buy them every month. Last week I ate chicken alfredo with rice that I made for lunch for 3 days and pizza that someone gave me 2 days. Free food is good! For breakfast I usually eat dry cereal at my desk or peanut butter toast.
My typical diet consists of spaghetti, bread, frozen vegetables, cheese (I love cheese), raw nuts, chocolate (is that a staple?), apples, oranges, chicken, tortillas, milk and juice. I keep Mountain Dew around when I need to wake up because I don't drink coffee. I was drinking Arizona iced green tea but I am waiting for another sale to stock up. I buy the gallon jugs and bring it to work in a small bottle. I haven't gotten the hang of making this myself.
So, $80 per month is what I estimate for my food bill if I took out the soda, candy, cookies and prepared snack food. That will give me some motivation to get another job. I must have more money for my chocolate habit!