Missie Moo — Gwynenth Paltrow $29 a week for Food Challenge — The Reality of the Results


 Gwyneth Paltrow bailed on the $29 dollar challenge..This is our person of the day Missie.. She took the challenge. Here are her results:


Missie has also given up shampoo and see what she uses now.. Really interesting blog.


Poverty is no laughing matter. Its not a game. Its not a joke and its not always something you can help. All too often I hear…I couldn’t do it. Yes you could. If you had too.

Hearing people say we need to teach the poor about nutrition also makes me feel like this

How about we have some common sense and make nutrition cheaper? Theirs a classic idea!

I went to my local stores and bought 29$ worth of food for a week to help the non prepared people learn how to live poor in case they ever fall upon hardship. In case your wondering and read the article about Gwyneth, no it doesn’t contain  limes or beans. But I do have an uncanny resemblance to Gwenny POO.

I’ve lived cheap. I’ve had too. No I am not a drug addict or an alcoholic who spent their money. Just a mom with two boys. I’m blessed that I don’t live like that anymore. My boys arefortunate to not do with out, but just as my mom did to me I will do with them and teach them how to eat and live cheap just in case hardship hits. They will survive.

To all the people that live with two incomes and live beyond their needs and never think about how they will survive because they have credit cards they don’t care if they max and don’t want to have to do with out in order to teach their children how to cope and live in a recession or poverty, you will starve and die. Does that piss you off? This is how i feel about you being pissy with what I just said here

Lets get started.
1.69 (I’m twitching thinking about this plastic butter fake, but i will move on)
This equals $28. 02
For breakfast kid A and Kid B will have a bun and margarine and one egg each, except  Sunday, we are out of eggs and buns.
You wont eat breakfast its for the kids.
Monday you will make a big old pot of macaroni and tomato juice with beef/pork. you will eat this MON TUE WED for lunch and dinner.
Thursday you will make soup from the chicken and carrots and potatoes. A big old pot again and eat it for THURSDAY FRI SAT  lunch and dinner.
Sunday your out so for breakfast you fry up valuable potatoes for breakfast. then add in any extra carrots  for lunch and dinner…If you run low mix in some bread (oh yeah your out). It spreads out the potatoes.
Sound good? No, didn’t think so.
I’m lucky my mother taught me to bake bread from scratch, That’s right by hand. She taught me how to stretch out meals. Just in case. I know how to can food. I know how to make cheap gigantic meals that I can freeze and save. Just in case.
Now imagine this budget with school age children. The pressure to pack healthy food on their lunch. Juice boxes, snacks, sandwich meat and fruit.
Affordable healthy food. The poor are not stupid. Just poor.
Grow gardens people. Eat and can the rest. freeze leftovers. You should have a month just in case.
Stay crunchy folks and love one another regardless of income level.

Don’t forget our Lanark County Food Bank where EVERY SINGLE DAY is a challenge.

Address: 5 Allan St, Carleton Place, ON
Phone:(613) 257-8546
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
“Communities without Hunger“  is their mission is to provide safe and nutritional food assistance to persons in need  Remember that 1st Annual hike for Hunger is Saturday May 2nd 1-4pm at the Goodwood Marsh Trail in Beckwith.

All donations are welcomed (except expired, opened, or homemade food). They often have a need for certain items, depending on the month or season. Here’s their most recent top 10 items they need to replenish at the food bank:

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

4 responses »

  1. in not 100% sure but I beleive the original challenge was $29 PER PERSON. Not per family. That’s almost 120$ a week for a family of four which I think isn’t that bad. I have 4 kids and I really don’t find it that difficult to feed them healthy food on a low budget. $120 can buy allot of healthy meals if people learned to cook from scratch and not eat processed fake/expensive food ? Your choices were great Missy, but the food I see in lower income people’s carts at the grocery store and the types of food I see in kids lunch boxes at school does not reflect that this is what people are actually buying….I think they need more education not nessicarily more money. Or at least both together.


    • Wow you couldnt be more wrong. Lets say someone is on welfare.. they get 120$ A MONTH for food. buying processed while unhealth ensures your child or children eat all month. Fruits veggies and meats are extremely expensive and add up quickly..


      • VH… everyone has to handle things the way they see fit for their family.. especially now with produce being so $$$. We do the best we can.. and I am sending you hugs


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