I was really happy to find out, this morning, that Soylent will now ship to Canada. Until I read the full email, that is. The price of 230 $ for a month, for the US, seemed just a tiny bit more expensive than my regular diet, yet absolutely affordable. Also, I could easily give the extra little money for the huge convenience and health boost that Soylent represents.
However, with the price jumping to 270 $ a month for international orders, I’m not so sure, now. I’m pretty poor and trying to save up, and as thus I try to keep the total cost of my food around 50 $ a week or less. When you’re vegetarian, it’s infinitely easier to keep the cost of food down. Especially when you’re a student who ends up living off bread, pasta, peanut butter, carrots and fruit. Usually it’s less than 50 $, even. But assuming 4 weeks in a month, Soylent is 67.50 $ a week.
I’m sort of worried that this would create a hole in my budget. So now I’m wondering. Is it unwise, when you only have 379 $ left in a month after rent, phone, Internet connection and bus pass, to spend 270 $, instead of the usual 180-200 $, on food? Is the much healthier nature of Soylent worth it?
Also, right now it’s just beginning and actually still in funding, but in time, it’s said that Soylent will be affordable. What prices can we expect in the future? I’ll admit the 150 $ a month that Rob described in an earlier blog post is quite tempting. Will we be seeing that at some point?
At any rate, I think it would be a shame not to at least try it out. I mean, even 270 $ isn’t a huge fortune if it allows me to be a lot healthier. But what about afterwards?
I know it’s a wide topic, but that’s the point. Thoughts and discussions on this wide topic are welcome.