The idea was the creation of Groupons.com, a popular coupon site for city entertainment. Groupons came up with the "Live Off Groupon" challenge which would give one person an opportunity to win $100,000, if they give up all of their possessions (including their home) for a year and survive on nothing but Groupons.
You would think that most would find the challenge impossible, but a surprising 400 people applied by submitting YouTube videos stating why they should be chosen. Groupons narrowed the applicants down to a group of finalists who had to then come to Groupon's Chicago offices for an afternoon trial run. The group gave up their money and hit the streets.
The difficulty of the task proved to be so hard that one of the finalist dropped out of the running. Stevens, however, seemed to embrace the challenge and spent the afternoon, among other things, hustling rides on a mail truck and getting a cab ride in exchange for a cookie and a $5 coupon.
Andrew Mason, the CEO and founder of Groupon, told MainStreet.com, "In the end, the consensus is that Josh was the man who was most likely to survive and be the most entertaining to watch try and do it."
As for Stevens, he now has to find someone to sublet his Chicago apartment and convince his girlfriend that the challenge rules about seeing friends on a limited basis will be worth it in the long run.
Stevens will receive a laptop, cell phone and unlimited source of coupons and that is it. As described on the Live Off Groupon home page, "You'll end your lease and put your stuff in storage. You'll close your bank account, cut up your credit cards, and put your money in escrow. You'll have nothing but a stack of Groupons and a suit of clothes made from Groupons."
Can Josh Stevens do it? That is the big question everyone is asking. You can follow Stevens' success via Twitter and Facebook.