LA on $20 a Week
Alaina R. Alexander
I moved to Los Angeles over a year ago with big dreams and very little financial capital. Still, I managed to find a job in a month and an apartment four blocks away from work. Even with the two most Herculean tasks out of the way. I had yet to conquer how I was going to live on $20 a week for groceries. Yep, $20 a week was my assigned stipend for grocery shopping for the first six months of my residing in Los Angeles.
I was terrified about my skeleton budget, yet excited because this was going to be the ultimate challenge for my inner-frugality.
It was easier to shop in Minnesota, because of the existence there of the four seasons (well 3 and half). I knew that from October to April I could stock up on soups, casseroles, hot pasta dishes and other meat and potato fare. May to September I consumed a lot of breads, salads and grilled chicken. I rarely had to deviate from this routine.
However, living in Southern California requires me to have a lot of different food on hand all -year round, because of the variation in temperatures.
Below are some
money saving tips that can help you take on the big city: