After recently purchasing my first house I discovered the joys of truly not having ANY money at all. We aren’t talking like ‘student broke’ where you have no money because you drank it all the night before – we are talking no money from paying solicitors, home loan companies, fencing companies, the list goes on.
This isn’t because I have over committed on my home loan – It is because when you make a large purchase such as a house, all the costs seem to come at once and leave you feeling totally run down and broke.
My solution? To see if I can cut down some of my larger costs in the working week, namely the cost of food during the working hours of the day.
So is it possible to eat for $2 per day?
I did it just last week and with very little outlay or stress. It might even be helping me to lose a bit of weight which I am stoked about. So yes, it is very doable but be warned, it is a big change to your lifestyle to attempt this.
How am I eating for $2 per day?
I am eating $1 cans of Tuna from Aldi and Woolworths and mixing it with healthy vegetables I have bought in bulk.
For $5 I purchase a heap of broccoli and mix it with the Tuna. I have been swapping vegetables as I desire.
I know it doesn’t sound that great, but I tell you what – it isn’t all that bad, especially when I am trying to cull down my weight.
Quick pointers for eating on $2 or less per day
- Remember to eat healthy. Don’t put your health at risk for the sake of money.
- Buy your vegetables in bulk and pre cook them before your lunch a week in advance
- Give yourself rewards. For example on Friday I will go to the pub with my team at work and not bring my lunch.
- Don’t buy coffees during your $2 a day eating week. Try and drink the free coffee at work or try and cull your addiction all together.
- Drink more water. It will make you feel fuller for longer and can aid in cutting the cost of what you have to eat
Are you game to take the $5 or less eating challenge?
What other combos could you eat? I am also eating canned Chicken from Heinz as a substitute for Tuna on occasional days. It tastes much better than it sounds!
Considering I normally eat lunch at around $15-20 per day, I have saved myself a potential $95 per week. Not bad hey?