f you can afford to live off fast food, your situation is not even vaguely comparable. Living in an “expensive area” means that you can afford to live there or are provided housing. Your wage is juuust shy of double mine.
In fact, that seems to be the message in most of this thread - “If you were already wildly over-spending on food, Soylent lets you do it more healthily!”
My fiance works at Wal-Mart, where we shop, so there is no additional gas expenditure.
The cost is $10 per day unless you can afford to pay over $100 in a single payment, something people with normal adult bills and low incomes cannot do!
DIY soylent recipes involve an initial investment of between $150 and $300, equally unfeasible on our budget. “If you had much more money, you could save a ton of money!”
It’s actually something of a shock to me that I’m in such a low bracket, although I imagine there are many people using government assistance to bridge the gap. I definitely spend $150-$200, because we buy every week and if my total reaches $60, I reload the items into my cart and cut down my purchase until it’s under the limit. Your post seems to amount to “You are too poor to participate in this discussion”.
Again quoting the misleading $9 figure (that $1 difference is a $30 difference per month, a sizeable percentage of our budget). Also, again, you can afford to spend $300 on food. If you have recently eaten at Burger King, you are in a totally different economic world than mine.
So you can both afford to live in an area where meals cost $10, AND you can afford to spend $10 on a meal? You sir, are living in a delusion if you think you are qualified to discuss harsh economic conditions. What’s your rent, pray? Are there NO grocery stores within 10 miles of you? And exactly what income is allowing you to maintain this lifestyle?
Peanut butter is probably something like a quarter of our caloric intake - cheese is also a big one.
Trying to compare healthy alternatives is utterly irrelevant. Your failure to grasp that basic idea means that you have never faced serious economic realities, and that you are operating from false, frankly naive assumptions that people on normal incomes can even come CLOSE to attaining healthy diets.
Your second point, that I’m “reducing overall sympathy” for myself among the community here is particularly puzzling. The community here is exactly the problem - it’s a community of people much more well-off than they seem to realize. I’m not asking for support from this community - I’m providing the feedback that the community here doesn’t represent people in my situation, or for that matter the people Soylent was supposedly originally designed for.
This thread itself is a bitter indictment of your “community” - a deluge of condescending “advice” from exactly the upper-class rich-kid foodies I described.