No matter how rich or poor we might be, if somebody would come up to us and hand us a $100 bill, we’d definitely flash a smile (and be a tad confused and suspicious, for sure). However, how we spend that $100 at the grocery store and what it means to us will vary wildly depending on our personal spending habits, our tastes, and our current financial situation.

Video producer Cut showed the vast differences between households by showcasing just what $100 gets them at the store in a series of YouTube videos. Scroll down, upvote your fave pics, and be sure to check out Cut's original videos in full at the very end. Odds are, you’ll relate to one of these people (let’s just hope it’s not the student who spends nearly half her money on frozen pizza rolls!). So, dear Pandas, how would you spend $100 at the store?

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#1

"I'm 98, Served As A Marine Engineer During The War"

"I'm 98, Served As A Marine Engineer During The War"

"I live in an apartment with my son-in-law and my daughter. I raise chickens."

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Purr·maid
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm glad to see they gave him a cot/mattress instead of having him lay on the hard floor.

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Komal, Age: 35, Married Mother, Software Engineer

Komal, Age: 35, Married Mother, Software Engineer

"I am married and I have two kids.
There are families back in India for whom [a 100 dollars] is like a monthly income"

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Vic
Community Member
5 months ago

This is true.. there are families with 4-5 members that survive on that type of family income

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#3

"A Hundred Dollars Means Food For A Week"

"A Hundred Dollars Means Food For A Week"

"I'm always thinking budget, thinking practical."

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
5 months ago

she gets through loads of toilet roll

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For some of these people, $100 means the difference between surviving and going hungry. Meanwhile, for others in a better financial position, the money is something that can be spent on luxury foods or even a night out. Anyone who’s ever tried to fall asleep with their stomach rumbling and their thoughts jumping to food will know that even a few extra dollars can be precious.

Now, this doesn’t mean that nobody can have fun or that we’re supposed to get angry at others for spending their hard-earned money how they see fit. However, it does highlight the inequalities in society. For instance, in 2019, the US Census Bureau found that the gap between the rich and the poor—income inequality—had grown to be the biggest in 50 years.

#4

Mick & Anthony, Age: 36 & 46, Married, Unemployed

Mick & Anthony, Age: 36 & 46, Married, Unemployed

"We met online and it was love at first email.
Money means getting by. We're unemployed, starving artists sort of thing."

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Thorsten M. Weisner
Community Member
5 months ago

I love the diversity of produced food... for 90 € would be full + beverages.. is food shopping so expensive in USA?

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Karen, Age: 19, Single, College Student

Karen, Age: 19, Single, College Student

"I live on campus with three other girls.
Usually everyday I have pizza rolls. I don't think I'm good with money at all."

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F.S
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm worried about Karen

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#6

What Would You Buy With 100$?

What Would You Buy With 100$?

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Lily Mae Kitty
Community Member
5 months ago

not bad. decent choices.

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However, there are some positives, too. Statista shows that the number of Americans living below the poverty line had shrunk from 38 million in 2018 to just below 34 million in 2019. There’s also been a downward trend in Americans living in absolute poverty since 2014.

But (and it’s a big ‘but’) we shouldn’t rush to celebrate because we don’t have concrete numbers about the situation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It had greatly affected unemployment levels during the spring of 2020 (though they rebounded in the summer) and the US economic situation is still up for grabs with lockdowns continuing for the foreseeable future even with mass vaccinations being rolled out worldwide.

#7

"I'm 64 And I Work As A Lunch Lady At An Elementary School"

"I'm 64 And I Work As A Lunch Lady At An Elementary School"

"[Food] is a communication. It's making people happy.
I live by myself. Unless I'm meeting friends somewhere, I eat alone, probably watching TV."

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Purr·maid
Community Member
5 months ago

She said, "Screw you guys. I can't lay down here any longer."

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#8

"I Collect Social Security. Not Near Enough, By The Way"

"I Collect Social Security. Not Near Enough, By The Way"

"I get 1,110$ a month, puts me pretty close to, if not under, the poverty level."

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Alexis draskinis
Community Member
5 months ago

Its mostly sugars & not that great for you. Most juices are, technically. Thats why we're recommended to dilute them down for babies & not to give them as a bedtime drink. It rots their teeth

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#9

"Having Kids Now Is Crazy At Times"

"Having Kids Now Is Crazy At Times"

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Some Cool Guy
Community Member
5 months ago

The reality of having a toddler

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#10

Melina And Kevin, Married

Melina And Kevin, Married

"We've got three kids, a dog and a boat.
We love to gather around food and celebrate our family and friends."

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Derek Liu
Community Member
5 months ago

Good Balance of Items!!! :)

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#11

"The Angriest We've Been At Each Other Have All Been Shopping Experiences"

"The Angriest We've Been At Each Other Have All Been Shopping Experiences"

"We love cereal.
I kind of see food as fuel, nothing more."

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Some Cool Guy
Community Member
5 months ago

"nothing more"? Culinary experiences have been some of the best in my life

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#12

"I Am 88, A Retired Metro Bus Driver"

"I Am 88, A Retired Metro Bus Driver"

"Food is sustenance. I used to [cook], I used to love to do it, all that's gone because I can't see."

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
5 months ago

cute to see a bone for the dog

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#13

"65 An 67 Years Old. We've Been Husband And Wife For 18 Years"

"65 An 67 Years Old. We've Been Husband And Wife For 18 Years"

"I don't necessarily like his style of cooking. One time he made me Vietnamese Norvegian gambo."

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Clara Knaub
Community Member
5 months ago

Umm... Vietnamese Norwegian gambo sounds amazing!!!

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#14

"Oreos And Energy Drinks... I Have To Have That"

"Oreos And Energy Drinks... I Have To Have That"

"I would say food is just a medium for community, family."

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Aria Whitaker
Community Member
5 months ago

My daughter LOVES those pink and blue pudding cups!!

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#15

"My Name's Gertrude. I Go To Restaurants A Lot For Company"

"My Name's Gertrude. I Go To Restaurants A Lot For Company"

"Food means nourishment, especially since being older, [it has been] very important to eat the right things."

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Purr·maid
Community Member
5 months ago

It just doesn't seem like very much for $100.

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#16

Brie And Ralen

Brie And Ralen

"When you have a child and you have to make ends meet, you could go to the cheapest store and $100 barely stretched."

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Kindness is Everything
Community Member
5 months ago

Aww, they look fun!

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#17

Dylan, Private University Student, Finance Major

Dylan, Private University Student, Finance Major

"I like to cook fresh food so I got greens. I get UberEats and stuff sometimes. I spend about $150-200 per month on it."

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Baconator
Community Member
5 months ago

When we go to the store we get about 10 blocks of cheese 😂 some of these are so different!

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#18

"We're Both 19. Everyone Says That We Eat Like Children"

"We're Both 19. Everyone Says That We Eat Like Children"

"I feel like normally when we spend $100 it's not ever on this much food. We were like wow we can actually get a lot for $100."

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Joonscrab
Community Member
5 months ago

The produce section is making me cry 😭😭 how do they survive with so less veggies... I'm 21 and can't imagine this diet

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#19

Rich And Bernice, Engaged

Rich And Bernice, Engaged

"We try to have dinner together, at least the nights we're at home at the same time. We don't watch TV while eating"

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Bernice Laurie Marquez
Community Member
5 months ago

Hey das my name

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#20

"I'm Going To Be A Medical Assistant"

"I'm Going To Be A Medical Assistant"

"I spent about a quarter of the $100 on baby formula. I always cook dinner for me, my boyfriend and my daughter"

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Julius Martin
Community Member
5 months ago

the amount of people on these posts talking about how unhealthy these people are need to mind there own business

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#21

"I Study Strategic Communications And Live In A House With 8 Girls"

"I Study Strategic Communications And Live In A House With 8 Girls"

"Usually I spend about $50 on groceries. I don't come from a family that has a lot of money. So that kinda sucks when everyone else is going out to eat and you just have to stay home to save money."

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JORVI
Community Member
5 months ago

gotta have that white claw

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#22

Tripp, Age: 30, Single, Bartender

Tripp, Age: 30, Single, Bartender

"I would say I'm really striving to be middle class, but I don't know if I am quite yet.
A hundred bucks means like a couple of days worth of money or one frivolous night of indulgence.
I would say I drink at least six days a week."

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
5 months ago

With the equivalent of $100, I buy a whole lot more than that. Actually buy all my monthly groceries.

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#23

Ryan, Public University Student

Ryan, Public University Student

"My room consists of a mini fridge and a toaster oven to cook pizza rolls."

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Clara Knaub
Community Member
5 months ago

How do you survive on this diet?

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#24

"I'm Trying To Be An Actor. I'm Going To College Because My Parents Require That"

"I'm Trying To Be An Actor. I'm Going To College Because My Parents Require That"

"I just buy little snacks that I can add to my school day.
I spent a quarter of my budget on honeycomb. I love honeycomb.
I don't cook. I eat out almost every day"

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Bethan Coleman
Community Member
5 months ago

My husband and I both work but we certainly couldn't afford to eat out every day.

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