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Existing on the bare minimum necessary for survival. For example, most college students are aware of having to consume massive quantities of Ramen Noodles to survive. I never went to college but I grew up in a college town and I was poor, so I had a lot in common with the students.

I used to buy Ramen by the case. Two packs for lunch, two packs for dinner, and I was living high on the hog (flavored noodles) for about 80 cents a day.

I never garnered much support for my other poor-mans delight, rice and Ranch dressing, but it's really pretty good. You gotta try it.

Then there was the local bar that offered a hot dog and a Black Label for $1.25, so when I was feeling a little heavier in the wallet I'd have a few of those.

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