For those of you who read our Q & A with Brad Tuttle of Time Magazine’s “Cheapskate” blog, welcome to the One Dollar Diet Project.
Back in September of 2008, a recession was looming and we started to feel the sting every time we pushed our cart out of the grocery store. We would walk to our car with lighter wallets, and a feeling that we were starting to be priced-out of our local market. As a public high school teacher who advises students in a Social Justice course, one of the many facts that struck me while we started to feel some financial fatigue, was that close to a billion people live on a dollar a day. The fact that we felt burdened by the cost of organic produce in the face of this reality seemed ridiculous.
So we decided to experiment with our lives.
We could have spent time re-assessing our expenses, made a strict budget, or decided to put an end to all discretionary spending, but we didn’t. What sounded more interesting was the challenge of trying to eat on just a dollar a day, each. We really had no idea what to expect. So we laid out some rules, started a blog for our friends and families to read, and ventured into an abyss of beans and rice and homemade breads, only to discover much more about ourselves, the food system, and the economics of eating. By the end, we were left with more questions than answers, which inevitably provoked us to try some new experiments in eating and economics, all of which that will be revealed in our forthcoming book “On a Dollar a Day” which will be published by Hyperion in January.
If you’re interested in reading about our experiences eating on a dollar a day for month, you can start here and then click through each day; you’ll see “Day 1”, “Day 2”, etc. in the upper corner. If you would like to pre-order the book, you can do so at one of the links to your right. Thanks for visiting, and we look forward to hearing from you after you’ve read through the blog.
We’re very thankful for Brad’s Cheapskate blog as it provides worthwhile announcements for deal seekers, engaging stories about living on the cheap, and insights that are worth reading (keep up the good work Brad!).
Christopher & Kerri