What I Ate On $1.50 a Day // Budget Friendly Vegan Meals (Days 1-3)

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From May 1-5 2017, I will be spending only $1.50 per day on food - the equivalent of the extreme poverty line. Here are all of the meals I ate on the first three days of the challenge. ✗ My 60+ Recipe Ebook ➢ • ABOUT THIS VIDEO • Cameras I Use: Canon G7x, Canon 80DSoftware: Final Cut Pro Music: This video may contain affiliate links. Thank you for supporting me!

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whenever someone has unusually amazing skin naturally ,they turn out to be vegan .
Abbie Harrison
the peanut butter with water made me want to cry
Abigail Kinghorn
This is the only person I've seen do this who didn't do shit like \
Alexia Zamora
I’m so glad you were real with the fact that it wasn’t easy and it didn’t make you as full as you were used to. Thank you for this video!!
Ali Rafatjah
You are wonderful Caitlin Shoemaker. You're an inspiration to us all with your lifestyle - thank you for your video!
Alie Spice
I sooooo need this!!! Thank you
Alley Mills
I think this is a really good video to shed some light on this problem and I think you did a really good job on the video.
Always Changing artist
Wow it made me so sad when you were talking about being hungry at school and not being able to focus because it makes me think about kids who might be hungry at school.😢 it’s good that you shed light on this
Anna Rehbinder
Yes it does really affect it . If you live in brittain a Big problem is that all the good stores are further out so if you are poor you cant reach the cheap stores at all. So a common thing is smoking or drinking honemade alcohol to not be so hungry , same thing russia . That’s why homeless people often smoke and why youll see them pick up cigarett butts to if poss re roll them or just smoke the end .
Astrid Gomez
you should have used sugar and salt in water for some electro. wouldn't break the challenge
Audrey Cordero
girl if you ever do this again get yourself a pack of sazon seasoning for those beans and rice
Babette Vlaeminck
I didn't think about the effects of being hungry on your daily life. It made me realize that it can become a vicious circle when you don't have enough money to spend on health and food. Your education suffers from it and that makes it harder to get out of poverty.
Beck Hays
To the people saying 'add this or that to your food', this whole video is about how the extremely poor live and eat on their wages. She was true to the challenge by not blowing her budget or adding extra stuff. Stop
Book of Alpha-Ronomy
Best food budget awareness video on the platform. Great work Caitlin
Brittany Hemingway
I really appreciate you raising the point about not being able to concentrate. When I was teaching, I had to regularly stock my room with granola bars because my growing middle school boys were often hungry and would be unable to concentrate. This often leads to \
Butterfly Magic with Hot Tea
Yup, I like you. Subed today.
C Mac
Thank you for acknowledging your privilege during this
Cheap Lazy Vegan
LOVE THIS! I did this last year and it was def a bit of a challenge but eye opening :) I need to do this again!
ChunkyYetFunky Yep
Places like America and Australia don't acknowledge poverty and would rather send billions to people overseas that don't help themselves
Cimone Washington
Thank you for doing this. People may complain about how the food looks, but this is a reality for many of us. Food tastes great when you're already starving.
Clara Son son
How cool is that :) i really appreciate your take on this! You didn't glamorize your experience, but still made it possible and had some nice vegan and healthy food :)
Da Goddess
Thank you for bringing awareness. Alot of us are spoiled and can buy food and waste food like it's nothing. You literally did the challenge and did not stray. A very humbling experience. Peace and Love.
Diana Elliott
You can make this so much better! We grew up poor and my mami always put flavor on every meal! We grew up on rice, beans and eggs for each one.
honestly? that food looks horrible to me and this i do not only say because i'm writing a vegan cookbook (with lots of cheap recipes).\ni'd rather buy a pack of toastbread, some tomatoes, some vegan mayo and a lettuce.\nif there's money leftover (maybe in the 2nd week) i'd cook southgerman medieval food: sauerkraut & potatobread.\nbasically, i'd also say, eating beans & peanutbutter is healthy when it's about nutrition, but your frozen veggies have been a misbuy (not enough in the package + some of it is corn which doesn't feed you anything!) and also u misused the rice: if u eat rice, u need lots of it, so better buy more rice and just cook it with some veggie broth powder and eat it with nothing else; then the rice can be a cheap thing to keep the hunger away.\nPS: if u think in long terms and have a cool cellar, go get a sack of potatoes - they are lifesavers!
Dora Tiscareno
😞... I do know what its like to be poor...and go hungry several times a week...im so sorry
Doris E
Im a cashier at a grocery store and the products are so expensive that customers usually give me back an item or two
I think being honest about the difficulties of the challenge of important to show why poverty is such a huge issue.
Elizabeth Jennison
Not sure if someone's already mentioned this, but it didn't seem as though she included any fat. It can go along way in both calorie density and in keeping you satiated. I realize it was likely expensive, but butter, oil, or lard would have been super important. Also, I imagine shopping for one week is a lot different than bulk shopping for a month. Anyhoo, my two cents. Food sources and availability is always an interesting topic. : )
Elle H
The mess in the back is all I can look at... how do you live that way ?
Elvie Ciubal
If you do have the 99cent only store at your neck of the woods you must check it out! Fresh produce, breads, cleaning products and everything in between!
Eternal Equality
I'm going vegan in the next 2 months and right now I'm just doing my research on how to eat. It blows my mind how some people can make food out of things I didn't think possible. For example I'd have no clue how to make pancake batter out of oats. Or how to make those patties that she had done. I'm afraid that when I go vegan I won't comprehend how to use food to make other food this way and will be restricted to only like 7 meals to eat consistently over and over again.
Fair-Is-Foul& Foul-is-Fair
When your poor your not eating the best quality food. You might literally be eating plastic food from China, so watch out for that. You should add food banks to your agenda and dumpster diving trips. The war on the poor in America is real, this reality should concern more people because America was never great.
Faith In Coexistence
The bg song reminds me of Youth by Daughter
Florensia Garner
girl....add garlic and onion\nit will make all food tastier\ni can't imagine eating all of those plain food
Glenda Peterson
A really fun video. If you're interested in how poor people made it in the past, watch \
Heather L
Such a great video. I grew up mostly eating cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner because that was pretty much all my parents would buy. At the time, I wanted to cook but couldn't because there was no food to cook with. Then I moved out. Living on my own was pretty hard, but at least I got to buy my own ingredients and be more creative with cooking...at that time I used supercook.com, where you type all of your ingredients and it creates a tasty recipe for you. Then I went to and graduated culinary school....I learned so much ♡ I have always had such a great appreciation for food and thankful I had the chance to go to school and expand my knowledge. I currently have a budget of $7 a day. Even though it's not as low as $1.50, it is still a little tricky sometimes and it is really inspiring to see how you try to incorporate variety and fun into you dishes and succeed...not easy...This was so creative and I am really thankful for you making this video.
I like Gorillaz
lol just buy three instant noodles and ur done
I'm Elissa
She’s eating twice as much as me in a day and is still hungry?? Dafuq
Imaginary Winchester
I sincerely appreciate your bringing attention to this topic. It's a real struggle, people seem to gorge themselves on the regular, and don't realize what truly poor people go through. My little family (hubby, me and our 7yr old son) went through a really bad time for about two years. I couldn't work because of illness and my husband for part of it had a very low paying job, and then no job at all for a while. We had to walk three miles up a hill to get something from a store because we didn't have gas in the car, nor insurance on it, obviously. Any gas we had had to be used to get him back and forth to work. I often couldn't buy groceries at all and had to depend on local food banks. I thank goodness for them, so now I try and donate whenever I can because they kept us alive. More times than I can count, my husband or I (or both) wouldn't eat at all just to make sure our son did. I learned how to support 3 people for about $5 a day, that's all inclusive. I would make clothes, or repair and mend ones we had because we couldn't afford new clothing if something ripped or got stained. And we also didn't have running water in the house for about 4 months at one point. It was an incredibly depressing and painful time, neither of us likes to think about it, but I think it brought us closer together. I found out later that most couples break up over finance related issues, so now we joke that if we could survive that, we could survive anything together. :) Anyway, thank you again. This was much appreciated!!
Isabella Wommack
1,162,055 views. half of these are broke college students.
Janey Mcelhenny
When people tell you “you have to spend more money on being vegan” \n*I send this video to them
Jermonica Pennington
You made me cry when you started talking about children trying to concentrate. 💔
Jim Jose
She stuck true to her challenge n i could hear her stomach crying at 7:10 when she talks abt licking the peanut butter from the cup lol\n\nHonestly im impressed with the creativity in cooking and her effort n shes really pretty!!!\n\nDamit why cant i find someone like this in my uni -.-
Kristen Leo
I loved this video and I want it to go viral NOWWWW Also I think we all need to appreciate the creativity that went into making all of this delicious looking food with such an incredibly low budget and keeping it so real and honest. Cannot wait for the next one!!!! \u003c3
Kristy Real
Good video, but for satiety, I buy oil instead of bananas. Fruit is nice, but it's actually too little nutrition to justify the price for someone living in poverty. I should know....I miss fruit, but adding healthy (as you can afford) fats to the beans and rice will make you feel full for much longer.....and oil is necessary for the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients. Fruit contains no nutrients that you can't obtain from cheaper sources.
Um... please rinse the dirt off your beans and pick out the bad beans before cooking them. Don't go straight from bag to bowl, hon!
if i'm on this diet, i'll probably be able to save $$ on the salt...\nthe tears cascading down my face will be more than enough to season the food, probably lol
Madeline Tea
you are not eating enought calories.. should have bought some vegetable oil and fried some vagies
Madison White
You eat how I eat. But instead of beans and rice, we eat pasta almost every lunch and dinner. Sometimes I try to make something different, because my son gets tired of pasta. We just don't have the funds for that, though. I don't like saying that, but that's the way it is. After the week is over, my bank account is dry. I'm just thankful that I can feed my son.\nJust think. There is always someone who has it better than you; there is always someone who has it worse. We should be thankful.
Max Lundqvist
great vid, u just got a new subscriber!
Megan P
This is SO impressive what you could do on such a tight budget and and your commitment. This video really opened my eyes and is very humbling, especially after reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. My eyes have really been opened lately to the struggles of people living without enough to eat and this has changed my perspective on food and has made me so much more grateful. Thank you so much for sharing💛💛
Melody Lavery
Where is the $1.50 per day based off of? Is that a domestic or global poverty line? I feel like in less developed countries, $1.50 will buy a lot more (local & nutritious) food than it does here.
I like that she actually cared to make an attempt to understand someone else's lifestyle and struggles. Much respect
Michelle Lopez
I grew up hella poor and my mom would turn regular rice into Spanish rice and damnnnn that shit is amazing. Spices really do save your food.
Nena Lopez
Actually fasting a is great in between meals during the week you can have full filling meals and your hunger will decrease. Also we don’t think breakfast, lunch and dinner, there’s not enough for that. So it’s light lunch and good dinner. In fact, a good one meal a day is better than 3 skimpy meals. That’s how you save.
I'm in a situation where I'm spending 90 bob(equivalent of 0.9 cents in your country) on food per day because I chose education over everything else basically. I'm on a government scholarship but they only pay tuition & therefore I have to deal with accommodation, meals and books.I eat 2 meals per day accompanied with a piece of fruit always. My meals are 90% plant-based & I drink 3-4 litres of water to fill up.\nAs a result, I've become a more mindful, thankful & self-aware. I've made friends who are like minded & understanding of my situation. & due to the availability of Wi-Fi in our school, I am able to further my education through the web. I like that you honestly adressed the privileges you have.
Nevena H
Watching this made me cry for all the people and children who cannot afford enough food. We take so much for granted and complain about nonsense when in reality we are the lucky ones. Another thing, in my household with just wastage alone could easily feed another person or two....I will share this video with my husband and extended family. I think more awareness is definitely needed. Thank you 👍😘
Nichole Livesay
Adding creamed corn will thicken it and you won’t be able to taste “creamed” corn
Nikki Dawes
You are so creative! This video is amazing and shines a light on poverty. And you really stuck to the challenge which is so cool!
Having grown up in poverty, I LOVE this video. I used to eat mostly ramen noodles and beans and rice, and it was boring and definitely didn't satisfy me. As a consequence, I really appreciate food more. In fact, I gained a LOT of weight when I was able to start buying my own food. I'm working on eating healthier, but I still don't have a ton of money even though I'm better off than my parents were for sure. I love fruits and veggies, so that helps. Thanks for these videos!
everything looks goood!
Random Person
A single avocado at my local grocery store is $1.50-$1.70. I could never do this challenge lol. Although it is Inspiring to see someone else do it.
Rebecca L
This challenge is super eye-opening to me as a \
Rose Wood
Poor people don't waste their bananas by cutting them into pretty flower shape.
Sam Ramgren
she reminds me of Lindsay from freaks and geeks
Sez Monsta
salt and pepper will save every broke person
Shannon Wilson
It’s really annoying when you take a spoonful of soup but only take half of it into your mouth 😂😂
Shoshanah Hillman
Chic Pea Curry will save your life 1 can is 52 cents at Wal Mart!
Sofia Clancy
Go to Wallmart & u can buy an entire mansion with 5 cents.
I did a whole summer in grad school, just eating rice and beans. There was no challenge. I wasn't even really trying to save money. I just had a roommate who was a mooch and kept eating off me. I couldn't say no to him. So, I just made rice and beans and we had at it. The thing is this: I put in a ton of spice: cayenne, paprika, onion, bell pepper, garlic...and a package of bacon.
Steve the Pussy Cat
I think this would be very doable with more spices. Yeah that would increase the overall price for the week, but I think it would really help taste wise.
Tauqueisha Chester
Girl get some season salt n onions and u b good with them Bean's
The Canine Nutritionist
Rice isn't good for you.
The Magnificent Sans
This is why buying in the bulk sections are so helpful; you can get lots of pastas and grains and even spices for really cheap because you can buy them at any size you need, even like just a cup of pasta for 20 cents
The Ordinary Girl
Go dumpster diving.
This really makes me think about the children who do not have the privilege of adequate nutrition and how it affects their mental, emotional and psychological being, thank you.
Victoria Washington
i love this, you are awesome for not only showing concern but putting yourself in the position of others. new subscriber!
Vondr Albra
To anyone who is trying to live the budget life, there is a hilarious video by \
I really appreciate your honesty about the food and the acknowledgement of the privilege many of us have with affording healthy food. You put yourself in an uncomfortable challenge to truly recognize a worldwide problem first hand, and I think that's very commendable. Really enjoying the series.
Zombie Man R.S.
Fifteen cents!?!?!? They sell them for fifty cents here! I was excited when I saw them for twenty five cents.
HOT SAUCE!!! Cheap and adds flavor!!
blair bass
You should have made plantain pancakes my mom has made them before and they’re actually so good
budi seth
Get sugar daddy u won't get hungry,😁
corsican lulu
if ur poor like i am, u DEF. need to buy all the food u can in bulk!! u have to! i buy the spices i use the most in bulk, like garlic and onion powder. also brown rice, quinoa, lentils. yes it seems expensive at first but its worth it because the food can last for months and that always helps. amazon, and if u have club stores like bj's sams club u can go to them, or at least get a free one-day pass online and buy what u need online if u dont have one near u.
Learn how to make a garden next.
esilasaram 455
Peanut butter looks good but taste disgusting 😧 i need another else for add my meals
kaity parsons
I love this. I feel like most vegan YouTubers don't understand what balling on a budget actually means. You see so many \
Your ‘whining’ was actually a great part because the simple fact is as good as these recipes are, living on $1.50 is impossible, and we need to start giving the poor a liveable wage. This is not liveable. Good on you for this vid.
laura valdez
Going on an extreme budget. I just went from riches to rags.... no job. All my niceties completely out the window.... but although we fall down.... we can get back up! Meanwhile thank you for sharing... beans and rice and occasional ground beef with potatoes and corn I can do! I’m grateful in times of plenty and grateful in times of famine. Let’s do this!
people making fun of the food or the girl for \
I respect you trying to do this. I wonder if brown rice had fit in the budget whether that would have kept you full longer and added more nutrients/fibre to give you energy. Great idea adding plantains. Another idea I have is turnip and sweet potato. Sometimes you can get root veg for a very low price. Good luck and health to you and all who read this.
melliesa robles
you are so adorable !!
mlayy 04
Not everyone has a blender & all that fancy stuff
Where da heck do you get peanut butter for less than a dollar!?
Watching her eat green plantains just like that was weird lol\n\n\nYou can fry them when their ripe and then they're sweet. \nOr you could squish them when their green and make Tostones. (kinda like a chip kinda not) its great budget food because they make great and inexpensive snacks. Just salt and pepper them and your good to go.\nInstead of just a can of tomatoes you can get a \
Living with 1.50/day because i need to save the rest of the money for a blender
people are living on less then 1.5 USD per day, they not use a car to go to supermarket to buy food for 0.5 USD, they dont use electricity to cook, and they dont use blender
This would certainly not be enough food for a guy with even an average energy expenditure throughout the day. It would not be enough for a growing teenager. \n\nI think what everyone is missing here is that it would be hard to thrive on this diet. A poor person would increase their calorie intake by buying high caloric foods -highly processed, fried and sugar laden. \n\nI think an important thing issue ifs that you knew this challenge would end - that is important. Can you imagine eating this way indefinitely and what it would do to someone psychologically?\n\nI'm not sure how long you did this challenge but when I think about someone having to eat this way for a year - feeling deprived and hungry even though your're trying to eat healthy, would be depressing in the long run. That kind of thing robs you of energy and makes day to day living a complete grind.\n\nI think you did a great job but there are other things that have to be considered. I give you props for showing the reality of eating on $1.50 a day.\n\nMaybe next time you could skip the fancy kitchen appliances someone who is poor would not be likely to have.