Man… we desperately need to have drones with entitlement-seeking sensors and a gag-firing gun patrolling at altitude. As soon as people who have never been poor start singing the sweet strains of “…and here’s what they should all be doing”, THUNK! If I never hear any of their crap again, it’ll be way the hell too soon.
I’ve been poor. Not just cupboard-scraping poor, but living-in-an-old-van poor (young veteran, just out of the army, temping as labor while looking for work.) Fortunately, it was an old VW camper (bought with the last $200 I had after separation) and had a gasoline stove and a little fridge in it, so I could at least cook for myself. Admittedly, this was the 1980s, but if I’d had $29 a week to spend, I’d have been living like a king.
But even now, I could easily survive — and even thrive — on $29 worth of food a week. I’m not saying it’s wonderful; I am saying GP can shove her fake, politically-correct solicitude where the goddamn sun don’t shine.
Current Walmart prices (which can definitely be bettered):
20-lb bag of rice — 46 servings, $8.13
8-lb bag of pinto beans — 16 servings, $8.98
10-lb bag of chicken leg quarters — ~5 gl soup, ~30 servings, $7.29
5-lb bag of flour — ~40 big pieces of “fry bread”, $1.56
48-oz bottle of oil — Frying, etc. $1.98
Pretty much a month’s worth of food for one person, and still a little cash left over. Add some fresh-grown herbs and veggies as Chris suggests (mint! Holy crap, fresh mint tea is awesome!), and you’re golden.
Again, not saying this is ideal, nor that we shouldn’t be taking better care of our people. But if you find yourself scraping the cupboard, don’t believe the hype. You can survive on the cheap, and relaunch yourself.