Living Off Bitcoin for a Week Kinda Sucks

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Mon, May 6th, 2013 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Forbes' Kashmir Hill was told by her editor to live off Bitcoin for a week" in order to "test the currency’s legitimacy." It seems that, if you're creative, don't mind walking a lot and are okay with limited options, it can be done. It doesn't sound like the experience was the best.

The first order of business was figuring out how to get fed. Two places in San Francisco accept BTC: a sushi restaurant miles away from where I live and a cupcake shop between my house and work. I was worried about the distance (and the mercury levels) involved in dining at the sushi place all week; my Bitcoin isn’t currently accepted by taxis, ride sharing services or the public transportation system in San Francisco. And I was concerned about the waistband effect of every meal at the cupcake place.

There were a couple of online options: BitcoinClassifieds — with people were offering to sell Taco Bell gift cards and homemade preserves for BTC — and SurvivalFood.com — a site offering weeks worth of high calorie energy bars for those people preparing themselves for a zombie attack or other apocalyptic events. The Bozeman, MT-based site accepted Bitcoin. I was on the verge of dropping one of my five on the not-very-appealing-but-surprisingly-expensive emergency food supplies when a friend Googled “Bitcoin and food delivery.” He pointed me to Foodler, a food delivery service that has partnered with dozens of San Francisco restaurants and which started accepting Bitcoin on April 17. I breathed a huge sigh of relief and deposited a Bitcoin into an account on the site, taking my bank down to 4 Bitcoins and giving me $130 to spend on delivery services for the week.

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