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What a food stamp budget REALLY
looks like: CEO who lived on
$36 of groceries for a week reveals
just how hungry it made her

Daily Mail (UK), by Margot Peppers

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/3/2013 2:58:53 PM

A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: joew9, 12/3/2013 3:05:28 PM     (No. 9638651)

As everyone has repeated time and again since this story came out - food stamps were not intended to be the sole supply of food. They were supposed to be assistance.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: msjena, 12/3/2013 3:14:00 PM     (No. 9638661)

Agree, #1. Also, no one buys food just for a week at a time. There is always stuff in the fridge and cupboard that is still good. Weekly buying is 2 things--buying for a longer term, like flour, sugar, etc. and supplementing what you are out of or need but don´t have. A more realistic way to do this would be to have $144 a month to spend and to let the tester use what she already has for meals.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 12/3/2013 3:14:15 PM     (No. 9638662)

So why do so many people with the EBT card weigh 300 pounds or more (much more)?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: horacer, 12/3/2013 3:15:09 PM     (No. 9638664)

She´s a dingbat. Dingbats can´t cope outside their protected habitat. No one buys organic produce with food stamps or Newmans Sockarooni. I could easily survive on 36/week and eat very healthy, not starve and have money left over.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: schnapps, 12/3/2013 3:17:25 PM     (No. 9638668)

Ms Moulton, who is a social activist...

Say no more.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 12/3/2013 3:19:05 PM     (No. 9638672)

"I don´t know how people do it" she whined.

They don´t, moron.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: siriusckp, 12/3/2013 3:20:58 PM     (No. 9638677)

S-U-P-P-L-E-M-E-N-T-A-L

In ADDITION to, not SOLE.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: droopydog, 12/3/2013 3:21:50 PM     (No. 9638678)

I can´t imagine anyone being as naïve as Ms. Moulton.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: trapper, 12/3/2013 3:23:36 PM     (No. 9638682)

#3 - because they have more than one EBT card (multiple aliases), spend it all on soda, chips and Ho Hos, which they sit on the couch and eat while watching their free cable in their rent assisted apartment.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Susannah, 12/3/2013 3:29:50 PM     (No. 9638685)

She refused to compromise her "standards, so she paid $4 for a bag of organic frozen peas instead of $1.50 for the Bird´s Eye.

Here´s what I just bought:

1 pound Black Forest ham steaks
1/2 pound cheese
1 pound bananas
1 head lettuce
1 dozen jumbo eggs
1 pound grapes
1 head of broccoli
1/2 pound hamburger

Grand total came to $17.31. Three people will eat those things, not one.



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Reply 11 - Posted by: mossley, 12/3/2013 3:34:20 PM     (No. 9638688)

Brand name products? Check!

Organic products? Check!

Silly gluten-free products that only help if you are one of the rare people with celiac disease? Check!

Buying celery which has no calories and little nutritional value? Check!

We have a clueless liberal who has no idea how to shop on a budget. She´s buying fads rather than value. I could fill a shopping cart with $36 if I had to.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: offrope, 12/3/2013 3:43:21 PM     (No. 9638696)

During my poverty phase (which lasted almost 5 years), I ate so much ramen noodles I thought I´d turn into a noodle. I also learned to hate chicken. But the point is, if you have to adapt to no money, you can. It was so unpleasant, though, that I vowed to never be impoverished again.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: geoguy, 12/3/2013 3:43:31 PM     (No. 9638697)

Organic food? Paul Newman´s spaghetti sauce? What an idiot. You buy chicken backs, eat instant rice, drink instant milk (the cheap stuff), get house brand spaghetti sauce, make dumplings with gravy, etc. You portion out your food and NOTHING goes to waste. Gee, how do I know this? I lived like that for almost 2 years (without food stamps) while at school. It is not fun, but a real motivator to get yourself out of that situation. BTW, I lost weight, but I was healthy.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 12/3/2013 3:44:44 PM     (No. 9638699)

If so then cut the whole program since it does no good. I do not need to pay for people like her to whine that food costs too much. Try picking up the tab for a few more leaches and see how much it really costs.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: comstock, 12/3/2013 3:44:51 PM     (No. 9638700)

Total B.S. The items shown in the photo could be bought in a decent discount grocery store for less than $20 if you skip the Sockaroni (whatever the hell that is), the organics, and the $8 she spent on "tea and vitamins." I love lentil soup, and eat it often - just add a 1/4 cup of pearl barley, and you don´t even have to thicken it.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: shalimar, 12/3/2013 3:44:53 PM     (No. 9638701)

Learning how to use food coupons can do wonders for the grocery budget.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: shamus, 12/3/2013 3:50:27 PM     (No. 9638711)

Get a job.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: littleorby, 12/3/2013 4:10:27 PM     (No. 9638727)

What, No caviar?

WALMART
1 Gal Mayfield milk $4.29
18 ct large eggs $2.88
5 Lbs russet potatoes $3.87
1 Lb Barille spaghetti $1.18
24 Oz Bartoli spaghetti sauce $2.12
5 Lbs Good Value cornmeal $2.92
1 lb Jimmy Dean Breakfast sausage$2.98
1 Lbs Good Value flour $0.98
1 box Betty Crocker cake mix $1.18
1 container cake icing B.C $1.54
1 Good Value bottle veg oil $2.54
2 Lbs sweet potatoes @.34 lb $0.68

The above is about 17.00 plus tax, which leaves about $15.00 for hamburger, talapia, fruit and veggies.

Of course the following week one would live much better, because much of the basics, for making biscuits,and cornbread, cooking oil, eggs, and etc. would be left over.



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Reply 19 - Posted by: KTWO, 12/3/2013 4:21:22 PM     (No. 9638739)

Melinda, the Social Activist, decided to stick to her normal diet. She normally spends about $75/week and was surprised that $36/week bought less food. She got hungry.

Anyone see the difficulty? Anyone?

But seriously, there are problems that the clueless Melinda did not face. The poor often must pay far higher food prices because large markets and competitors are scarce in lousy urban neighborhoods.

In a pleasant suburb I find $36/week would suffice.

e.g. Hormel Chile with beans is $1. So is a large variety of good Progresso soups. Eggs are very cheap. Lovely bananas about twenty cents each.

Inner city costs would be double.



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Reply 20 - Posted by: Judy W., 12/3/2013 4:24:22 PM     (No. 9638746)

Eggs are the number one best source of protein and probably the cheapest. Why are people afraid of them? Canned fish is cheap too -- tuna and salmon. And meat on special. Getting enough protein is the most important thing unless you´re a Hollywood jerk playing vegan. Then get enough fat. Generic brand butter would be the cheapest. Then potatoes, plain grains that you not the food company add the seasoning to. Whatever fruit and vegetables are cheap, meaning in season somewhere. Or canned. I´ve known a number of people who ate weird things when they were really poor. One ate only hot dogs and oatmeal, with a few raisins if he was feeling flush with funds that day. I went far on eggs, cottage cheese and canned fruit when I was in a poor spell. My husband loves rice and beans -- there´s nothing cheaper and it´s good for you.

The trouble is, many people hardly cook any more, so kids don´t have an example of what you can eat and how to prepare it. They think everything comes right out of the store and into your mouth. Maybe there could be a TV show so these people could learn how to prepare good food cheaply by watching their giant flat screen TVs.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 12/3/2013 4:42:53 PM     (No. 9638771)

If a Jew can boil a shoe to make a broth and still survive anyone can but would they.
I´ve been down and out, broke and survived on the minimum to sustain.
I really like articles like this because clueless communist liberals tell on themselves.
This stupid CEO was too dumb to buy the ´white label´ cheap stuff and have some left over for some Thunderbird. Come on here where the inventiness?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Perfectsense, 12/3/2013 4:46:43 PM     (No. 9638777)

Can anyone explain the compulsive need of Lefties to stand up and prove they are idiots?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: franq, 12/3/2013 5:00:23 PM     (No. 9638797)

Thanks, #5. LOL

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Reply 24 - Posted by: cheeflo, 12/3/2013 5:14:56 PM     (No. 9638816)

She spent 22% on vitamins and tea, and bought organic produce (which is typically at a premium price) because she didn´t want to "change or compromise who she is or what she eats." What a conceit.

People make those budgetary trade-offs every day, whether they´re on food stamps or not.

At the end of the article is states that $36 is the reduction in food stamps for a family of four. Based on how "little" this buys, I shouldn´t think it would put much strain on a family of four.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 12/3/2013 5:22:35 PM     (No. 9638824)

This is another article bases n the premise that everyone should have an equal share of everything. If the CEO cares so much why doesn`t she find out how well - or not - her employee`s are living. If they are not doing well on what she pays them she can always increase their paychecks.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Amanoftwistsandturns, 12/3/2013 6:09:17 PM     (No. 9638904)

And it is worse when you have no local walmart because your city council has regulated them out of town so that your only food source is a carry out or an overpriced local market .

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Reply 27 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 12/3/2013 6:09:31 PM     (No. 9638905)

People on food stamps should have to submit id´s for how many in the household they are providing for and then HAVE to attend a class on how to make their food stamp dollars stretch and last all month. Then, instead of all food stamps to use at their discretion, they go to the co-op and p/u their allotted groceries, already bagged for them. Gov´t saves on food stamp outlays, can funnel excess foods like cheese they already do,as well as excess MRE´s, and recipients can earn a little extra by volunteering at the co-ops, which might also provide a few jobs and OJT for the volunteers.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: BirdsNest, 12/3/2013 6:34:14 PM     (No. 9638928)

Just came from the grocery store....cartloads of meats, steaks,burger,pork,bacon....along with sodas and chips/cakes. Around here most of the food stamp families have THOUSANDS of $$ on their card and many have more than one card. They waddle out of the store and get in their late model SUV. It gets worse every month, the attitude of the card holders....they are special, they deserve to be catered to. While the elderly have to make do with less than $100/month.

It chaps my butt.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Harlowe, 12/3/2013 6:58:20 PM     (No. 9638951)

The federal reduction in food stamps has been grossly misrepresented by the liberal mainstream media and liberal activists. The average monthly benefit per household for the 50 states as well as DC in 2012 was $278; a reduction of $36 comes to $213—meaning, $213 is available for food. That $213 per month is $69 more than the $144 equivalent of $36 per week asserted by liberals.

The 2012 figure of $278 would allow $69.50 each week for food; $36 less comes to $213 which would allow $53.25 per week for food.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: berthabutt, 12/3/2013 7:17:41 PM     (No. 9638979)

Little Ms. Activist won´t compromise her elite standards but she dang-sure votes to keep those in office that force us to compromise ours.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: judy, 12/3/2013 7:19:11 PM     (No. 9638982)

I suggest they try employment when they get hungry.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: mickturn, 12/3/2013 7:40:19 PM     (No. 9639013)

Woman...You must be a moron, how did you ever get to be a CEO of anything...

FOOD STAMPS are SUPPLEMENTAL, they are not supposed to be your entire food budget!

Maybe if you stopped buying crack you´d get by...

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Reply 33 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 12/4/2013 12:25:02 AM     (No. 9639268)

Could have been my pain in the tucus neighbor.
First, those abusing the system get hundreds of dollars. Thirty six dollars only hurts the drug dealers. In the local hood, there is so much free food floating around, it´s shocking. Anything the EBT card doesn´t cover, they get thrown at them.
The only ones hurt by the system will be the elderly who receive next to nothing and too proud to ask, the single unemployed, or those with hours cut.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: ladydawgfan, 12/4/2013 2:14:06 AM     (No. 9639294)

1. I live in Vermont, about 20 minutes or so from this dingbat. Between my town and hers are THREE major grocery stores and a Walmart (albeit NOT a super-Wallie´s, thanks to the rabid lefties around here).

2. The Richmond Market where she bought her groceries is a little hole-in-the-wall place like most overpriced mom and pop´s where you go to buy a Coke or pick up the item you left off the shopping list, NOT where you do your major shopping.

3. I do the majority of shopping in my household. A quick look in the TWO flyers delivered free to my home by the local major grocery stores, of which Ms. Moulton is well aware, let me know that there were plenty of choices this week for my budget and my recipes and working with both stores and also with Walmart, I can make my food budget stretch pretty darn far, even while eating healthy.

4. Liberals are dingbats. Vermont liberals are the dingbattiest of all of them, but they sure feel good about themselves!!!

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A new review is questioning the effectiveness of two key drugs enlisted in the fight against influenza and in turn the investments by governments to stockpile the drugs in the event of a global flu outbreak. The antiviral drugs Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir ) are commonly used to treat influenza in healthy adults and children. In the case of Tamiflu, the drug does shorten symptoms of influenza by about half a day - as the manufacturer suggests - but there is insufficient evidence to support claims that it reduces hospital admissions or serious complications, such as confirmed pneumonia or

Hercules Actor Kevin Sorbo:
Hollywood, Media Ignoring
‘The Crime of the Century’

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Cybercast News Service, by Michael W. Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/9/2014 6:57:56 PM     Post Reply
Although the news media and Hollywood relish telling stories about horrific crimes and serial killers, they are strangely silent about Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an abortionist who killed living, viable babies by snipping their spinal cords with scissors, and who is “America’s most prolific serial killer,” said actor Kevin Sorbo and his wife Sam Jenkins in a video to promote funding for a movie about Gosnell. “Kermit Gosnell is America’s most prolific serial killer,” says Kevin Sorbo, who starred in the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. “For more than three decades he was an abortion doctor in Philadelphia, where he

Barack Obama Saves Wife
Michelle From Wardrobe Malfunction,
Marilyn Monroe Moment: Picture

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US Magazine, by Rachel McRady    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 4/10/2014 7:59:06 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama got quite the handful on Thursday, April 10, but it was all for a good cause! As the President of the United States was boarding Air Force One with his wife Michelle Obama, a gust of wind blew up her skirt. Barack quickly stepped in and grabbed the First Lady´s billowing skirt to help her avoid a wardrobe malfunction and embarrassing Marilyn Monroe moment. Earlier in the week, another famous lady on the global stage suffered a similar snafu, but no one was around to help her -- not even her prince!

Holder on Gohmert exchange: ‘What
attorney general has ever had to
deal with that kind of treatment?’

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Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/9/2014 7:08:41 PM     Post Reply
Eric Holder ventured off script in a speech Wednesday to the National Action Network, the organization led by MSNBC host and recently-exposed FBI informant Al Sharpton. “I’m pleased to note that the last five years have been defined by significant strides and by lasting reforms,” said Holder at the conference of black activists, before improvising “even in the face, even in the face, of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly, and divisive adversity.” “If you don’t believe that, if you look at the way, forget about me, forget about me, if you look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated

Democrat Elijah Cummings Faces
Up to Five Years in Federal Prison

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Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/10/2014 5:20:42 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) could face up to five years in federal prison for obstructing a Congressional proceeding. On Wednesday, Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and five Subcommittee Chairmen on the committee sent a letter to Ranking Member Cummings demanding an explanation for his staff’s queries from the IRS, why the Minority hid these efforts from the Majority, and why the Ranking Member denied such actions by his staff at a February Subcommittee hearing: “Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional

George Bush´s paintings
are ´copied off Google images
and Wikipedia´ art critic claims

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Independent [UK], by Rob Williams    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/9/2014 10:47:55 AM     Post Reply
As a former President of The Most Powerful Country In The World, George W Bush has significantly greater access to world leaders than most budding artists. (Snip) Art critics have pointed out that a number of the 30 portraits in the exhibition appear to be based on images thrown up by a cursory search of the person´s name in Google Images. In some cases the portrait seems to have been based on the very first image result on the search engine. Rather remarkably, even the portrait of his own father, someone who he surely could have asked to sit for him, appears to be based on an Associated Press portrait which appears on the first page of

Firefox Expands Into Censorship
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American Thinker, by Jack Kemp    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/9/2014 9:10:58 AM     Post Reply
This morning I clicked on a link to a Red State website article concerning “The War on Women” and “Paycheck Equality” and got quite a surprise (the same thing happens when a Firefox user goes directly to the article). Nanny Firefox posted a political opinion on my screen before allowing me to proceed to read the article. This message didn’t appear when I accessed a second article which met with Firefox’s political commissar’s approval. Here’s what Firefox said: Careful Now! (shouldn’t they have said “Achtung! or “Verboten!” or something similar?). This website could not be displayed by Firefox because it is not

Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman
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Entertainment Magazine, by James Hibbard    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 4/10/2014 12:10:39 PM     Post Reply
Official: Stephen Colbert is the new host of CBS’ Late Show. Release: The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. Letterman, the legendary, critically acclaimed host of the CBS late night series for 21 years, announced his retirement on his April 3 broadcast. Colbert’s


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