How to Eat on 28 Dollars Per Week

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Living on a budget can be challenging sometimes. Especially when traveling. I am going to better than teach you how to live on $40 a day. I will show you how to live on $28 a week! So come along with me and let’s explore creative ways to stretch your budget!


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:

  • Creative mind

Step 1: Check out the fast food restaurants in the area you will be staying. Many of these restaurants have .99 cent and $1.00 menus. Some of these restaurants are; McDonalds, Hardees, Burger King, Wendys, and Sonic. If you don’t want to deal with the high cholesterol content, you can go to a bagel shop, or coffee shop. Then if you have a real sweet tooth for breakfast; check out all the donut shops in the area. You can be guaranteed to find most of your meals for $1.00 or less.

Breakfast: 7 days x $1.00 = $7.00 plus tax, or less.

If you are staying in a hotel room. Most will now offer free continental or full breakfasts.

Breakfast: $0

Step 2: Eat at some of the choices you had at breakfast, for lunch and dinner. Like McDonalds, Burger King, Wendys. Also, you can add to that list, restaurants like Chick-fil-a, Taco Bell, and Krystal Hamburgers. If you get your breakfast free, add some french fries (.99 cents) or an apple pie (two for $1.00.)

Lunch: 7 days x $1.00 = $7.00 plus tax.

Dinner: 7 days x $1.00 = $7.00 plus tax.

Step 3: Make tuna fish sandwiches as an alternative by going to Walmart and pick up a loaf of bread ($2.00 or less,) jar of mayonnaise ($1.50 or less,) and two cans of tuna ($3.00 or less.)

Bread: $2.00, Mayonnaise : $1.50, Tuna: $3.00 = $6.00 plus tax. Yields approximately 4-6 sandwiches.

Step 4: Drink water during meals. It’s free! If you are staying in a hotel room, most provide coffee pots and free coffee. Go to Walmart and buy a bottle of soda ($1.00 each.) This yields approximately eight, 8 ounce glasses of soda per bottle. Most places will give you ice free, if you carry your own cup.

Get a box of tea bags and use them in the hotel room for something different to drink. Grab a bag of sugar from home and bring it with you on your trip.

You can also get some packages of pre-sweetened cool-aid and bring a pitcher with you. (.30 to .50 cents a package)

Step 5: Look for coupons in the paper to bring the cost of your meals down. 

Breakdown of expenses:

Breakfast: $7.00 plus tax or free.

Lunch: $7.00 plus tax or less.

Dinner $7.00 plus tax or less.

Beverage: Free

Lunch: $1.00 plus tax or free

Dinner: $1.00 plus tax or free

Total for week: $16.00 to $23.00 plus tax.

Tips & Warnings

  • There are a variety of ways to live on $28.00 a week. Where you may save in one area, it can give you a little liberty in another. These are just suggested tips to help you get started. Remember; the key to success is patience and persistence.


Disclaimer:  For those who are concern with the salt content and health benefits.  Well…  When it comes to benefits…there are none.  However, if you are traveling or even going through some hard times…this will get you by until things get better.  It beats starving to death!


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