Living normally on the cheap
October 11, 2004 1:18 AM Subscribe
What is the cheapest you could live and still maintain a fairly normal lifestyle?
posted by Jaybo to Grab Bag (30 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Somehow when thinking about (Canadian) Thanksgiving and both the gorging on food that would ensue and also about those who are less fortunate, a friend and I began comptemplating the cheapest we could live and still maintain a fairly normal lifestyle. Here's what we came up with for monthly expenses...
Rent - $300 for a VERY inexpensive bachelor apartment
Utilities - $200 for gas, power, water
No TV and only use Internet at library or possibly $20 for dial-up
We debated whether we could survive with no phone and in the end decided it was possible.
Food - $10 per day should provide 3 basic but healthy meals
Transit Pass - $50/month
Clothing - $20 per month
Entertainment - library books, people watching
I may be missing some stuff but adding it all up, we figured that a person could probably survive on $40 per day.
Does this sound reasonable to you? (I know there are a LOT of assumptions in my question about what a "normal" lifestyle is, what a "cheap" apartment is, etc.)
PS - Sorry to post two questions so close together!