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Surviving off $300 a month... can YOU do it?

Old 02-01-08, 01:55 AM
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Surviving off $300 a month... can YOU do it? - Living as Alaskan Park Ranger!

Well Im going to have too. For 4 months I will have all housing and utilities paid for, just $300 for subsistence (food & toiletries) and fun. Can it be done? Ive never done it before but it should be quite a challenge; hell maybe even fun.

Has anyone had to do this before? Any thoughts or tips?

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Old 02-01-08, 02:17 AM
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I used to live on $500/month for rent/phone/utilities/food/recreation. Good times.
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Originally Posted by Ravenous
Well Im going to have too. For 4 months I will have all housing and utilities paid for, just $300 for subsistence (food & toiletries) and fun. Can it be done? Ive never done it before but it should be quite a challenge; hell maybe even fun.

Has anyone had to do this before? Any thoughts or tips?
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Old 02-01-08, 02:27 AM
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So you're "surviving" on $300 a month for 4 months with rent and utilities paid?

Are you going on the Real World? Either that or your idea of "surviving" is different than mine. Sounds pretty easy to me. Not fun but easy.
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Do you have a car? If you do, that's most of it right there. Even if the car is paid off, $100 for insurance, $80 for fuel, assuming you fuel up every other week, $20 for inspection / registration and that's without excise. Then maybe $50 for maintenance. So $250 go to your car. Then the rest for food.

If you don't have a car, house, utilities, insurance, etc. to pay, then $300 / month for one person isn't that bad since all you'd really need is food and a bus pass.
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When I was a missionary in Spain for 2 years, I did almost the same thing. The rent and utilities were paid for, but guess how much money I was sent per month to live on? $250. No car, no bike, just a $30 a month allowance for a combo bus/rail/metro pass. I lived on mashed potatoes and tuna for those 2 years.
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Good point guys. Transportation will be supplied with a 'company' car as far as I know. Though the weekends may be where I gotta find my own trans. I will also have ATVs and Bikes to use.

I was planing on living off turkey sandwiches
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Talk about a deceiving thread title. Sheesh.

I think I could live on that for my meals, games and movies each month. I've sure lived off of far less in the past.

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I'm 'surviving' on about the same amount right now, not counting rent. Things that help include checking out DVDs for free from the public library, and buying food and stuff from dollar stores and discount/closeout supermarkets. Even when I do have money I'm a cheap bastard anyways.
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Fifteen years ago, I lived on $350 a month for four months while I was looking for a job. I got an apartment in the worst part of town, slept on the floor, read library books, ate rice and beans, and took cold showers because it cost too much to turn on the gas.

$300 a month after rent, utilities, and transportation are paid? Easy.
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You can live quite nicely on that if all the crap that really costs is paid for. A surprising amount of money can be saved with coupons for food. Local grocery stores always have coupons in the paper, fast food joints generally have them too. Apparently you have a computer and internet so there's your entertainment. I think you'll have it pretty nice compared to some.
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Don't look at it as having $300. You'll spend more at the beginning and have less towards the end of the month. Think of it more as you have $10 a day to eat and have fun.

Make lots of rice/pasta dishes. A big bowl of rice with a can of chili is a quick, cheap, hearty meal. Don't buy the expensive Minute Rice. Real rice is lots cheaper and very easy to make. Also Ramen noodles with diced/sliced veggies.
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Originally Posted by TomOpus
Don't look at it as having $300. You'll spend more at the beginning and have less towards the end of the month. Think of it more as you have $10 a day to eat and have fun.

Make lots of rice/pasta dishes. A big bowl of rice with a can of chili is a quick, cheap, hearty meal. Don't buy the expensive Minute Rice. Real rice is lots cheaper and very easy to make. Also Ramen noodles with diced/sliced veggies.


The $ per day is exactly the way to go. You'll learn to shop smart and use coupons, and that cheap store brands are usually just as good as big national brands. Don't forget to buy yourself a bottle of vitamins. Your description of the situation is intriguing:

1. Housing & utilities provided
2. Company vehicle during the week
3. Access to ATVs & bikes
4. Four month duration, $300 per month for food & toiletries

What is the job?
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I lived on about that in college. I paid $100 for rent (6 people in a 3 bedroom apt) and another $25 or so for utilities. I ate a lot of ramen. I had a motorcycle and insurance was $25/year. I did have to pay $1.40/gallon for fuel.

Good times..
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Originally Posted by AGuyNamedMike


The $ per day is exactly the way to go. You'll learn to shop smart and use coupons, and that cheap store brands are usually just as good as big national brands. Don't forget to buy yourself a bottle of vitamins. Your description of the situation is intriguing:

1. Housing & utilities provided
2. Company vehicle during the week
3. Access to ATVs & bikes
4. Four month duration, $300 per month for food & toiletries

What is the job?
Maybe he's a door-to-door magazine seller? He does have his occupation listed here as musician/bum afterall.

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Piece of cake. After all, February is a short month!
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If I had no mortgage, utility bills, or other bills like car & home insurance, and lived by myself, I could easily live on $10 a day.
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I "survive" on far less than that
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Originally Posted by Nick Danger
Fifteen years ago, I lived on $350 a month for four months while I was looking for a job. I got an apartment in the worst part of town, slept on the floor, read library books, ate rice and beans, and took cold showers because it cost too much to turn on the gas.

$300 a month after rent, utilities, and transportation are paid? Easy.

However - 15 years ago $350.00 a month would have been more like $700.00 a month adjusted for inflation.




In my earlier years I lived on a very tight budget - going out (or entertainment as you refer to it) consisted of making a mental list of all lunch specials, happy hour deals (some with free food) and dinner specials all in my local area.....
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I love all the qualifiers, $300 a month but this and that and this are paid for



When I bought my first house, I had about $100 a month left over after the bills were paid (mortgage, taxes, insurance, electric, water, gas, trash, etc, etc, etc) meaning all the bills that had to get paid for me to just stay in the house and my car, car insurance, gas, etc were also paid (I had to have a car to get the 25 miles one way to work).

Out of that 'leftover' $100 came food, entertainment, and any of those life's little surprises

If I didn't eat dinner at my parents house once a week and take the leftovers home with me I don't think I ever would have made it through that first year. I just got really lucky that nothing extreme hit me with either health or home repairs or car repairs.
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Lived in a resident hall apartment in college with utilities paid. I recall eating baked potatoes in the microwave, toast for breakfast, grilled cheese sandwiches with Velveeta cheese (the big block for $3.99 or so) and a slice of Carl Budding ham. Lots of spaghetti. Often lunch was dinner leftovers from the previous night. Trash Can night at the bar (Thursday): $3.50 beer in a 52 oz plastic trash can.

Good times.
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when i was in college.. yea, maybe
now.. with me, my wife, and 2 kids?
no chance
we couldnt make it a week on that


edit: cause corrie says i only have 2 kids

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Ramen noodle.
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