Have you heard of this? I just found a blog which is challenging everyone to "Live below the line of poverty for one month." Although our family already does this, I thought that, if we did have a steady income, this might be fun, interesting or, at the very least, challenging. I must admit that, though currently 'poverty-stricken' myself, since it is temporary and education-induced, I have, at times, (wrongfully, I admit!) entertained negative thoughts toward those who are 'below poverty'.
But, as they say, you should never judge a person until you've walked a mile in their shoes - and this seems a pretty fair way to get a small glimpse of what it must be like to live with so little.
For more information, check out the blog Living Well Below the Poverty Line, and to see what your own family's income would be, check out this site.
Another challenge, of a somewhat related nature, is going on at Money Saving Moms. Here, the challenge is to avoid grocery shopping for an entire month, and just eat from the food you have stored. This is a great way to 1) save money, 2) experience first-hand how important food storage is, 3) find creativity in cooking you never knew you had and 4) realize how much excess you may buy. So, if you aren't up for the Poverty challenge, this might be another fun thing to try....or it may help you if you're giving the poverty challenge a try! :) I am thinking about joining this one when I get a bit more pantry/food storage space (it's hard to accumulate much storage in our current apartment...)