What's your take on this earlier Q? Would you live off $300/mo?

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AlSrzqSeCzZpkbf1plhP1S3ty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20090915171257AAR6oVC&show=7#profile-info-Aej3lgQZaa At first I thought providing for yourself and two babies off $300/mo presented an interesting challenge -- I still do, actually; would you do it? Could it be done? Would you... show more http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;...

At first I thought providing for yourself and two babies off $300/mo presented an interesting challenge -- I still do, actually; would you do it? Could it be done? Would you spend a year never buying yourself anything at all -- not a single book, pair of shoes, new set of sheets, haircut, and on and on?

...but then the question became increasingly bugfuck. Babies to have nil by mouth but breast milk for 1yr. I have never heard of vegetables. Let's keep the HBO. Mom is living off ramen while Dad buys his lunches instead of brown-bagging. And does anybody save $300/mo when they're living that close to the wire? And am I unrealistic in being so surprised that $45k/yr would leave Mom with an almost welfare-level budget?

It was a weird q and I can't get it out of my head...
Update: These are a lot of interesting answers -- thanks all!
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