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#SurviveOn35 Challenge

by Meghann on July 18, 2012

Could you survive on a grocery budget of $35 a week?

That’s the question the co-founders of Anytime Fitness are asking a team of FitFluential bloggers this week.


The challenge:

$35. 7 days. 21 healthy meals.

($35 per adult and $20 per child in the household)


Wednesday, July 18th, through Tuesday, July 24th



When the co-founders of Anytime Fitness went on ABC’s Secret Millionaire earlier this year, they had to feed themselves on a mere $35 each for an entire week, the same amount you’d receive on government assistance. They showed that not only could it be done, but it could be done in a healthy way.

Now, Anytime Fitness is challenging ten health bloggers to do the same. Can they survive – and even thrive – on this meager allowance for a full seven days? We are about to find out!

Each blogger will be competing for a chance to win a $1,000 donation to a food shelf of their choice. Two winners will be selected based on healthiness, taste, creativity, and community interaction.

The Twist:

Each competitor must eat out of the $35 per person budget ONLY. No existing pantry items are allowed. (i.e. my stock of pasta sauce in the pantry is off limits this week)


Follow the conversation on twitter at #SurviveOn35. I’ll also be blogging about my own experiences through the challenge here. I’ll be back later today with my thoughts on meal planning and budgeting for the week. Considering I can’t utilize any bulk items currently in my pantry (like jars of peanut butter, canned beans, etc), this is going to be hard, but I’m up to the challenge.

I’ll admit I’ve been lucky in my life when it comes to always having plenty of room in my budget for food, I think this is a good chance to take a step back and remind myself not to take the food I eat for granted. There are people out there who survive – and thrive – on this budget everyday. Those are the real heros.

For more details on the #SurviveOn35 challenge check out Anytime Health and FitFluential.

I had my first meal of the challenge this morning.


The Cascadian Farms Granola was on sale at Publix this week for $2.50, the Stonyfield Yogurt was $3.39, and the plum was $.88 ($1.99/lb)


Derek and I both used about 3/4 cup of granola, had some heavy spoonfuls of yogurt (3/4 cup?), and split the plum.


Day 1 breakfast total: $1.22 x 2 = $2.44 (give or take)

Before breakfast I ran 4 miles. No watch, no ipod, just me and the rain. It was nice.

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