2 Dollar Day

Share your story

This section is all about you: Why you’ve decided to take the challenge, or why you’ve decided to turn it down

It’s also an open forum for you to comment after the challenge and share what it was like living on $2 for a whole day.


5 thoughts on “Share your story

  1. Melinda - Mobile, AL on said:

    Last Spring our family did a $2 a day challenge. We fed our entire family of 8 for a whole week on less than $2 per day per person. It’s doable, but not easy. Our kids learned to appreciate the fact that having choices about which food they will eat is a real luxury, and they were much more appreciative of other “little” things in their lives by the end of the week, as well. It’s definitely something we will do again, and I encourage everyone to try it!

  2. Breakfast for The Shannons…Family of 6

    This morning we started 2 Dollar Day with a Breakfast that had foods common to the poor in our area – bread, banana and tea. Our kids are really grappling with this whole concept – which we love watching. It is impacting us in a deep way, too.

    We started by each getting ¾ of a piece of bread. This bread is sold locally for 1.20 ETB each (7.2 cents). Up until a year ago these pieces of bread used to be much larger and cost only 1 ETB (6 cents), but inflation has taken its toll on white bread, so the loaves have gotten smaller and cost more. Less to go around for those who rely on this as a staple.

    We couldn’t afford peanut butter, jam or butter for our bread, so it was pretty dry, airy and without much taste. It helps me better understand why children like to dip their bread in their tea…it makes it go down a bit smoother.

    We then added ½ of a banana for each of us. Bananas now cost 10 ETB per kilo (60 cents). We could afford 3 bananas for 4 ETB (24 cents). Bananas used to be 5 ETB or less per kilo (30 cents), but inflation has definitely taken a toll on this fruit that is cheap by local standards…a 100% increase in cost over less than a year. Last year at this time all 6 of us could have had a whole banana…not anymore.

    We finished off our breakfast with tea. A box of loose tea is 5 ETB per box (30 cents). We used about 1/6 of a box, so we spent a bit less than 1 ETB, so we’ll say 5 cents worth. By the time we got around to the 6th cup from that much tea it was getting pretty weak.

    Breakfast cost us 58 cents. But, its only 9 am and I’m already noticing that I’m hungry. At least I have lunch to look forward to, Shiro Wot and Injera…but I’m expecting there’s not going to be much to go around.

    What are you eating for Breakfast? Hope that you enjoy your day!

  3. I’ve had just 3 pieces of bread with 3 teaspoons of peanut butter and 3 teaspoons of honey thus far. I’m naturally more hungry than I would typically be as it’s 1:30 in the afternoon, and I would normally consume more calories. I estimate that I’m at about $1 now which is fine as I’m half way home for the day. The truly tough part for me today is to imagine having to do this day in and day out. I got to eat a lot yesterday, and I’ll more than likely eat exponentially more tomorrow. For the 3 billion or so folks who do this daily I can’t imagine how they do it regularly. My family and I prayed just after lunch today and my three daughters were wondering what it would be like, as they’re not participating. I feel so blessed for the fact that they don’t have to worry about that, and at the same time-to be quite candid-a bit guilty. I pray that everyone who participates (myself included) will do more to share what the Lord has blessed them with to help others with less. I believe very strongly that you can’t legislate equality or people out of poverty as some believe you can. Rather, I believe that as a Christian you should feel some level of conviction/compulsion to share more with those who have less. I pray I will not soon forget the feeling of hunger, and that this day and these stories would reach more people and help make an impact! Please, share the information on this site, stories, links, etc. with others!

    1 John 3:17 But if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well, and sees a brother in need, and won’t help him–how can God’s love be within him ?


  4. Thank you for organizing this challenge. It really helped us to gain a greater compassion for how so many in this world live (really it’s so hard to fully grasp).

    I wrote about our experience on our blog here: http://growingamillerfamily.blogspot.com/2011/12/when-food-makes-you-mad.html

  5. Hannah Harter on said:

    I just read Levi’s blog post post about the very few people taking part in this. Super convicted – nailed my heart to the ground. I had no good reason for not doing this…I’m finishing school, super busy, my kids are little, too little to understand. If I don’t eat, I have terrible anxiety…really!? Part of me wanted to leave this site without commenting, ‘I can just see my mistake and take it to heart’. Nope. I get to be vulnerable too…I didn’t pray about doing this, I just moved past it…Now I’m processing: what do people do who need to eat for health reasons? My counterparts in Ethiopia with little ones have to actually look at their precious kids who also don’t understand and they literally have nothing to offer them…And I’m realizing these are the very women on my heart to serve, and I almost missed an opportunity to see them and gain empathy. So as I sit here and make my grocery list for this week (where the amount I will spend and food I acquire is feeling outrageous)…Wednesday is my $2 day. Thank you for your hearts, for bringing the poor and the heart of God forward without agendas of your own. And I’m going to post this — maybe others made the same mistake I did and need a do-over so as not to miss what God wants to open them up to. *By the way, I did the Poverty calculator and my family is in the top 1.5% of the world. More than 6.5 billion people live on less than we do. 1 billion live on 762/year.

    Thanks, guys, for going first.

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