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Published: 13 Sep 2016

Creativity can pay off ! Petar's Food Experiment

Learn from a students' experiment.

Can you live with 2 euro a day on food for one month… as a student?

My name is Petar Ivanov. I am studying International Marketing at Fontys and this summer I conducted a food experiment. I wanted to find out if it’s possible to live with 2 euro a day on food for one month. 

With the experiment I wanted to improve my planning and organizational skills as well as learn how to manage my resources properly. The goal of the experiment was to raise awareness. I want to show my fellow students that it is possible to eat cheap and delicious food and hopefully inspire a more sensible approach to eat good food and reduce food waste.

The experiment began on the 5th of July and ended on the 3rd of August. In total, I spent 59.40 euros, which, on average, is 1.98 euro per day. 

So, is it possible to live with 2 euro a day on food for one month? Yes, it is! It is possible, it is cheap and it’s delicious!

Look at this:

Now look at that:

How much did I pay for these? For the pizza with tuna I paid 1.65 euro and for the homemade bread – 0.32 cents. 

Oh, and, by the way, when I say ‘I paid for it’, I mean that I paid for it, you paid for it, your roommate paid for it and your classmate paid for it. Why? Because I bought my food from the supermarket where you buy your food (Lidl, Albert Heijn, Jumbo, Aldi or Rewe). 

So how can you eat on a budget? 

1. Plan your meals for the week. 
2. Buy in bulk. It’s cheaper and more convenient.
3. Buy seasonal food. Buying seasonal produce is cheap and will bring diversity to your meals. And,
4. Store your food properly. That way you’ll reduce food waste in your household.

So why did you spend 5 minutes of your life to read this? Because I want to raise awareness. I want to show students that it is possible to eat cheap and delicious food and hopefully inspire a more sensible approach to eat good food and reduce food waste.

I want to thank Dr. Sonja Floto-Stammen for being my dietician during the experiment. You might know her, Sonja is a food specialist and a lecturer here at Fontys at the International Fresh Business Management studies. I also want to thank my good friend Arty Zuev who helped me with the creative side of the experiment - photography and filming. Without them this experiment wouldn’t have been the same.    

If you are interested, please visit the Facebook page of the experiment. There you can read much more about the experiment and see what kind of dishes you can cook, including how much every meal cost. Check it out, it’s quite interesting.

Thank you for your time.

Link to the official film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Nc0qZNBgas
Link to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/One-Tall-Guys-Food-Experiment-250234955357720/

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