They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Well the same applies to $20. You probably can’t buy a whole lot of groceries in the states with such a small amount, but in other countries, 20 bucks can go a long way, or very short distances indeed. So Brightside decided to get hands on and find out how much food you could actually buy with $20 dollars in all of these countries.
RED, WHITE AND POOR
In the good old USA, $20 won’t satisfy most of our insatiable cravings for meals like a 5 stacker burger with heaps of fries, onion rings and cheese sticks. But if you’re on a budget, at least you can make your own fries to accompany your chicken sandwich, which you can wash down with a healthy glass of milk.
OH NO, DUBAI DIDN’T
Some chicken with rice, a piece of cheese, and maybe some deviled eggs doesn’t sound too bad. But if you’re in the U.A.E., chances are that you’re loaded, so why waste $20 bucks on this when you can tip your waiter after you’ve wined and dined in one of the area’s most elaborate and luxurious restaurants?
IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
In the U.S., 20 bucks might seem like nothing, but in places like Kazakhstan, you can feed an entire family and still have enough to chug down on a beer after a hard day’s work.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, TINY TIM
This bird is pissed! Why? Because it’s all alone, as in, there’s no salad, bread, or even something to drink if you only have $20 on you in Iceland. We haven’t seen something this depressing since “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”.
EAT MOR CHIKIN
In Japan, 20 bucks will get you far enough to stuff your face with some chicken, a few slices of bread and some healthy apples for dessert, but where’s the sushi?!?!
A FEAST FIT FOR PUTIN
If you’re in Russia and have $20 in your pocket, then prepare to eat like a guest at President Putin’s Palace on the Idokopas Cap, cause you’ll be able to make a salad, a steak, a whole chicken, some rice, and bread to accompany that. But don’t bank on ice cream for dessert and have a fruit instead.
A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING
It’s ironic that people in the U.K. don’t celebrate Thanksgiving because with $20, you’d certainly have all the ingredients to make a semi-decent meal. You can even use that bread to make turkey sandwiches, or in this case, chicken sandwiches, the next day and the next day, and the next day, as well as an apple pie with the apples, eggs, and milk.
WHERE’S THE CHOCOLATE?
Switzerland may have a rich history of making chocolate, but you won’t get any on a $20 budget. Instead, you’ll get eggs, bread, potatoes, tomatoes and apples, but absolutely no poultry or anything else that can serve as a main course.
OH, HOLY FEAST
20 bucks can get you pretty far in the Holy Land, aka Israel. But then again, you wouldn’t expect anything less from the place that’s known as the land of the people, and where Christians associate the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
WHAT ABOUT SECOND BREAKFAST?
Eat like the Hobbits did on “Lord of the Rings”, if you happen to find yourself in New Zealand with a 20 dollar budget. Now you can have first and second breakfast, and maybe even first and second lunch too.