Food Stamp Challenge Day 2: You Have to Have Money to Save Money
- on November 19, 2013
Note: Food insecurity is a complex issue. I know that the Food Stamp Challenge in no way fully simulates the real world situations of SNAP participants. Still, I am trying to live on $3.96/day (the typical SNAP allotment) for five days as a learning experience.
When you have only $19.80 in your pocket to feed yourself for five days, you notice that the best deals at grocery stores go to people who have way more money than you do.
Take this Dillons ad for example. You can get ten loaves of Dillons sandwich bread for $10. You can get four dozen eggs for $5. The total cost, with tax, to take advantage of these deals would be $16.35.
This would be great if I had, say, $100 to spend and a large freezer at home to pack with nine loaves of bread. But with only $19.80 to spend, there's no way I'm going to concentrate 80% of my purchasing power in two items. So if I shop at Dillons, I'm stuck paying the higher unit cost for one loaf of bread and one dozen eggs.
Next time you go to the grocery store, take note of all of the 2-fer's and other quantity discounts. The great deals you get excited about may be out of reach to those who need them the most.