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Old Style vs the USDA head-to-head challenge...

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  • candygirl
    candygirl Posts: 29,455 Forumite
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    :confused: I might have dreamt it but i'm sure we had an American lady join the OS grocery challenge a few weeks ago.Maybe she can help with this :confused::D
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  • candygirl wrote: »
    :confused: I might have dreamt it but i'm sure we had an American lady join the OS grocery challenge a few weeks ago.Maybe she can help with this :confused::D

    I remember her too. She came on and couldn't stop for posting for a few days and then nothing else from her! Her name was soemthing like igetnosleep :confused:
  • weezl74
    weezl74 Posts: 8,701 Forumite
    ceridwen wrote: »
    Just found the following article of interest:

    www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/plight-of-the-huddled-masses-a-hard-time-for-thanksgiving-759037.html

    Found the bit of clarification I personally was wondering about in it - food stamps are a maximum of $3 per person per day (ie $21 per week - which I gather would be £21 in British food spending power terms?)

    Hiya

    Well,

    I'm hanging my head with shame at having mislead you all! :o

    The USDA site gives this link suggesting that a family of 2 get $78 a week, but on $3 a day maximum we'd only get $42. I'm bewildered. It also says the value of food stamps is enough to cook the thrifty food plan.:rolleyes:

    My budget is £40 a month, but we've no way of knowing whether I could assume that's the same as $42 dollars, maybe we do need an American visitor to set us straight!

    Perhaps I should rename my challenge, 'can a family of 2 eat healthily for £40 a month, (nothing to do with the USA whatsoever)?'. Methinks it lacks a certain pizazz!:rotfl:

    Weezl x

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  • candygirl
    candygirl Posts: 29,455 Forumite
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    I remember her too. She came on and couldn't stop for posting for a few days and then nothing else from her! Her name was soemthing like igetnosleep :confused:
    Yea that's the one!!!Glad I wasn't imagining it:o :o
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  • purpleivy
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    Do you have a blog Weezl? if so, pls can you post the url. I have had a look here, but not seen it.
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  • DenBo_4
    DenBo_4 Posts: 536 Forumite
    One US dollar is equal to 50p, so surely that's only £21 a month? To feed a family of four?
  • jordylass
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    You're right DenBo, but I pointed out to Weezl that $21 buys the same in the states as £21 does here.

    I think that is the best way of working it out, although some things (cornflour, OJ, cookies) are much cheaper than they are here, others, particularly bread is very expensive there.

    I have spent a fair bit of time there, and buy most of my groceries in Walmart, and for e.g. a CD which is £9.99 here will be $9.99, which is great if you are converting GBP to USD, but makes no difference if you are paid in USD.
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  • moanymoany
    moanymoany Posts: 2,877 Forumite
    Thanks for the Houmous recipe Weezl, will try that one out. One question - does your OH eat this everyday for lunch? My OH won't eat the same thing twice on the trot :(

    OH loves tomato sandwiches and has taken them for lunch every day for years!

    I soak and cook a pack of 500 grams of pulses at a time. I then freeze them, they are easy to use as a quick bang on the work surface separates them into individuals. :D
  • weezl74
    weezl74 Posts: 8,701 Forumite
    Mr Weezl does have other fillings in the freezer already for when he fancies a change, lentil pate, liver pate and grated whoopsie cheese with HM chutney are all very doable on my budget!

    I can post my chicken liver pate recipe with costings if anyone's interested?:p

    Good tip about the batch freezing moanymoany. No room in my two freezers at the mo tho!

    :hello:Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz:hello:
    :)Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz:)
    cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it £67/£3.60/£0
    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for £40
  • purpleivy
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    moanymoany wrote: »
    OH loves tomato sandwiches and has taken them for lunch every day for years!

    I soak and cook a pack of 500 grams of pulses at a time. I then freeze them, they are easy to use as a quick bang on the work surface separates them into individuals. :D


    I do this as well, rotating different types that I use.... kidney beans, chickpeas and something smaller and whiter... maybe flagelet or haricot, or even mixed, bagged into 250g units, quick run under the hot tap/nuke in the MW and ready for use.
    [SIZE=-1]"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"[/SIZE]
    Trying not to waste food!:j
    ETA Philosophy is wondering whether a Bloody Mary counts as a Smoothie
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