I thought a professor lied when he said the only way he survived graduate school without falling into debt was by eating canned beans for every meal.
Yet 5 months into grad school, I can see where desperation hit. While beans are a healthy, vegetarian protein, I was not so devoid of hope. It has to be possible as a student to eat at Whole Foods on a budget, right?
Testing and proving this theory brought me into foreign territory, one teeming with hormone-free meat and overpriced produce.
The foreign lands of Whole Foods.
My mission: To claw my way out with a bill less than or equal to $54.90, which is the U.S Department of Agriculture’s low-cost one-week food plan for a 19-50 aged man.
Known Success Rate: Unreported, but there have been many a credit card casualty.
Wildlife to Avoid: Twenty-something year-old vegans. Although a pleasure to view in their natural habitat, this species is hungry and their movements can be unpredictable.
Important Note: Nutritional health is a subject in which everyone has an opinion, and this writer is not an expert but a survivor in this task. Find out if I survived, after the jump.