How much food could that $5 buy around the world?

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It’s not just my New York sticker-shock-jaded brain talking: in the good ol’ U.S. of A, five dollars rarely buys you a filling meal—unless you’re willing to put in the time and elbow grease to turn a few humble ingredients into something. Think: soup, pasta, a lot of peanut butter sandwiches…

However, I’m sure I’m not alone in rolling my eyes over the fact that it’s not uncommon for to spend five dollars on, like, a Greek yogurt, a piece of fruit, and (maybe, depending on the priciness of the deli/convenience store/kiosk) a coffee. Kombucha, one of my guilty pleasures, sets me back around $3.50 a piece. To my credit, it’s not like I’m trying to feed a family, but still…

I always find it fascinating to see what a certain amount of money can purchase in other places. This video from Buzzfeed gives you a little glimpse into how much food that five dollars can buy around the world…

When it comes to food, what do you spend $5 on?

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3 thoughts on “How much food could that $5 buy around the world?

    tcmdirectory said:
    April 30, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Great find. What an eye-opener. $5 doesn’t buy much these days. It’s sad that junk food and fast food are so much cheaper than healthier options in most cases. My $5 typically goes toward produce. Though $5 doesn’t get you very far in that department either.

      Jess responded:
      April 30, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      I hear you—I just spent $2.29 on an eggplant this morning, and I’m not proud of that. It really is sad that junk food is so much cheaper. I could have gotten a plethora of, like, cheese curls or something with that money.

    lexborgia said:
    May 3, 2013 at 9:22 am

    It still buys a lot, seemingly, and that is a 5er exchanged into the local currency. If you did a direct comparison, a local 5er would buy more in mynay places(UK, Germany etc), and almost nothing in other places.

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