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1. Posted by BentBanana (Budding Member 22 posts) 8y

Was just wondering if 2000 dollars will be enough for a month (maybe 5 weeks) in America. We've already got a hire car booked for 4 weeks n we're goin to be camping some of the time.

Also. My friend will be 21 the day after we land. Is there any chance of him getting served for alcohol the day or even night before his birthday?!!?!

And finally. Is it possible to eat very cheaply by goin to supermarkets/ shops and buying food that was fresh that day or is nearly past its sell by date so its heavily reduced?


(Its 3 questions i know!)

[ Edit: Edited on May 22, 2008, at 3:18 PM by BentBanana ]

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

Quoting BentBanana

Also. My friend will be 21 the day after we land. Is there any chance of him getting served for alcohol the day or even night before his birthday?!!?!

Unlikely - they tend to ID anyone who looks under 30 or even older. Bars can get big fines for serving under-age people. You might find a place close to a university that isn't so stringent - but if raided by the police anyone underage found to be drinking could get in trouble.

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

Prices vary widely by location, but I think $66. a day should be enough. We have plenty of self-serve restaurants and takeout places. Sit down places will be much higher since tipping is expected in those places. If I were you, I'd get a small chest cooler where you could keep bottled water, cold cuts, cheese, yogurt and beer/soda. (the large supermarkets all sell ice). Yes, most markets do mark down "soon to expire" foods, but it will be hard for you to find them. Stay out of the large cities - they're expensive. It seems like prices have gone up at least 50% in the last year for food. I would ask around and try to find out where the locals go for bargains (every community will be different, and it would be impossible for me to tell you exactly where - this is one huge country). Good luck.

By the way, here in Oregon we have plenty of free fruit (blackberries and pears mostly) all over in the summer, and people are so generous here that it's easy to find block parties with free snacks and such. You will not go hungry in the US - impossible.

The nationwide food chain - Whole Foods is quite generous with the food samples. Trader Joe's is not nationwide, but they're also good for samples.

[ Edit: Edited on May 22, 2008, at 10:35 PM by Daawgon ]

4. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

For the 21st birthday thing, most bars stay open until around 2 AM--so just wait until midnight to start drinking and then he'll be legal.

As far as marked down food, I don't see that being such a big deal since you have enough money to cover the trip as long as you eat "fast food". Go to places like Subway, Burger King, Jimmie Johns, Chipotle, chinese restaurants with lunch specials (almost every Chinese place in the US has these), or get small to medium pizzas at the chains like Dominos or Pizza Hut, or Round Table Pizza. If you do want to get the marked down food, though, go to the deli sections or pastry sections or bread sections at supermarkets; --almost everything that is over 1 day old will be discounted.