Savings challenge: Can you save money with meal replacements?

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Depending on your age or your familiarity with tech culture, the word “soylent” may bring to mind either Charlton Heston being carried away on a gurney or the latest in food technology.

While its name is borrowed, with a wink, from a famous science fiction film, Soylent is not, in fact, “people.” It’s a liquid meal replacement intended to take some of the effort and expense out of keeping your body alive.

But can it actually save you money?

Editor’s note: Each week, one of Bankrate’s personal finance reporters is sharing a new way to save and chronicling the savings journey. This week, I’m reporting on the experience I’ve had by drinking these meal replacements for a couple of days. Read on to see what happened.