Can you live on $1 per day?

My wife and I are taking a budgeting class sponsored by our church.  One of the members in our class is a doctor who does humanitarian work in Africa.  He said that some of the people who he treats in Africa live on only $1 per day.  I wonder if I could do that?  Probably not because my commute to work costs about $6 per day.

Sometimes we feel poor because we live in a super-rich neighborhood where everyone drives a luxury car and seems to have everything they want.    However, poverty is all about perspective isn’t it?  To the Africans who live on $1 a day, we would be considered super-rich for even having a car. 

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