So find something cheaper, and tell us about it--unless you think it's the dollar menu at McDonald's!
I actually did this a couple of years ago when I challenged myself to eat for $3 a day. Here was the result:
Old-fashioned oats (1 cup dry) = $0.14 300 cal.
Small box of raisins = $0.21 130 cal.
Ground flaxseed (1 Tbs) = (free gift) 60 cal.
Tea = $0.05 0 cal.
Stevia = $0.09 0 cal.
Breakfast total = $0.49 490 cal.
Split pea soup (2 cups) = $0.26 each 268 cal.
Medium baked potato = $0.09 168 cal.
Baby carrots = (free with coupon) 42 cal.
Apple = $0.30 90 cal.
Lunch total = $0.65 568 cal.
Brown rice (1/2 cup dry) = $0.15 170 cal.
1/2 bag of mixed vegetables = $0.50 120 cal.
1/4 bag spinach = $0.25 30 cal.
1/2 can of canned tomatoes = $0.18 44 cal.
1 tsp. chopped garlic: $0.04 5 cal
Dinner total = $1.12 369 cal.
Oatmeal leftover from breakfast
Banana = $0.16 110 cal.
Total for Day: $2.42 1537 cal.
Strictly for my own amusement, I compared this to three meals from the McDonald's dollar menu.
12 gm fat (from oats and flax) 2 saturated fat, 0 cholesterol. 7% of calories from fat.
2300 mg sodium (I used bouillon in my soup)
319 gm carbs, 52 grams fiber
54 gm protein (more than adequate)
469% of RDA for vitamin A
190% of RDA for vitamin C
107% of RDA for iron
45% of RDA for calcium
Cost:$2.42 for 1537 cal.
From McDonald's $1 menu: a sausage biscuit for breakfast, a McDouble for lunch, and a McChicken for dinner:
58 grams fat, 23 grams saturated, 135 mg cholesterol 44% of calories from fat.
2910 mg sodium
107 gm carbs, 6 grams fiber
51 gm protein
6% of RDA for vitamin A
4% of RDA for vitamin C
50% of RDA for iron
36% of RDA for calcium
Cost: $3.00 for 1180 cal.
So my meals were less expensive, provided more carbs, fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals and calories. And my meals were so bulky with water and fiber that I could eat more than enough and be completely satisfied. If I'd eaten that $3.00 worth of Mickey D's crap, I would have been starved at the end of the day.