Jun 082006

Looking for the ultimate way to save money on your food costs? Adam Scott has. “Monkey Chow” is a processed feed for zoo monkeys and great apes. A 25 lb bag only costs $25, averaging out to $1 a meal. Adam calculates that he could save $600 a month on this diet, not counting the $4000 he would save if he had not needed to purchase all the appliances. But best of all, you never have to clean the kitchen or wash dishes.

Imagine going to the grocery store only once every 6 months. Imagine paying less than a dollar per meal. Imagine never washing dishes, chopping vegetables or setting the table ever again. It sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

But can a human subsist on a constant diet of pelletized, nutritionally complete food like puppies and monkeys do? For the good of human kind, I’m about to find out. On June 3, 2006, I began my week of eating nothing but monkey chow: “a complete and balanced diet for the nutrition of primates, including the great apes.”

Maybe I’ll lose weight. Maybe I’ll gain superhuman monkey strength. Maybe I’ll go crazy. Maybe it’s too late. Check back here every day to follow along with the Monkey Chow Diaries. Comments, criticisms, questions and advice can be left on the blog.

I’m tired of cooking. I hate scrubbing pots and pans. I’ve wasted too much time in the checkout line. It’s time to eat chow.

Just in case you are tempted to try this diet – watch the videos.

  5 Responses to “The Monkey Chow Diaries – Zoo Style Frugal Living”

  1. I have to agree! I had to stifle my laughs to keep from waking everyone in the house. The sorry thing is that I was almost tempted until I watched him actually try it.

  2. I love how he does this all with such a straight face. Man, I was in tears from laughing so hard while watching the video. Maybe because it reminds me all too much of my own bachelor diet. ;-)

  3. Save six hundred dollars a month? On one person’s diet? The food budget for our family of four is about $130 a month, and that’s still way above a “beans and rice” diet. What was this guy eating before Monkey Chow came along – filet mignon and caviar? I’m assuming it wasn’t TV dinners, since he does mention scrubbing pots and pans and washing dishes (implying that he was actually preparing something). But for a dollar a meal, I can eat pretty darn good food designed for humans. Sheesh!

  4. Now that is frugal living. Mind if I share it on our conomize community website? Trying to keep a straight face without cracking up. Our users are frugal but I doubt they would jump at the chance to eat monkey chow, lol

  5. Please feel free to share it.

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