Qty Description Unit Price Total PriceThis represents about five hours of salary. The milk will last almost a week (I like milk), the other foods will last for a few days. I have to buy a similar amount of groceries almost twice a week, so that's about $120 a week for food, or about $520 a month (roughly two thirds the amount of my rent). This does not include things like eating during lunch at school, which can cost from nothing (if I skip it) to $15 or so (one hour's wages).
6 whole milk 1.5 liters $ 3.07 $ 18.42
1 caffeine-free Coke 1.5 liters 1.93 1.93
5 pound cakes 200 g 1.59 7.95
2 chunks of pre-grilled tuna 4.70 9.40
1 box of 18 fish sticks, frozen 5.21 5.21
1 twin pack of paper towels 2.60 2.60
2 twin packs 25 cl heavy cream 3.59 7.18
2 medium bags Bugels (crispy snack) 1.47 2.94
1 twin pack plastic dish-scrubbing pads 3.43 3.43
2 mini sausage snack packs 3.26 6.52
2 hachis parmentier frozen meals 4.44 8.88
1 three-pack dish sponges 4.84 4.84
TOTAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 79.30
Most of my money thus goes to food and rent, with the rest (if there is any “rest”) going to utilities. My tax burden is minimal because I'm now below the minimum taxable income level.
If you think that my choice of foods seems nutritionally questionable, I agree. However, I'm constrained to pick based on price and preparation time, and that tends to favor nutritionally unbalanced, calorie-dense foods.