seemed pretty straight forward and relatively painless. All I had to do was feed myself for five days on $22.30 or $4.46 a day. The rules say things like mayonnaise and mustard and other condiments and spices don’t count against your budget. Beer, coffee and whiskey do.
Also, as a participant in the challenge, I can’t let anyone take me out for a meal, I don’t get to entertain using the Patch credit card and I don’t get to eat anything already in the fridge.
Before heading to the store I made a list of the things I figured would count as staples. Eggs, a big bag of frozen veggies, fruit, yogurt, some kind of meat and a grain were all on the list. I walked around the grocery store pricing everything before putting anything in the basket.
Brown rice, at $.69 a bag was a no brainer. A three-pound bag of frozen mixed veggies seemed like a good buy and a dozen jumbo eggs for $1.89 meant I had breakfast food. I found a big bag of frozen fish fillets for $4.00. With those items in the basket I knew I wouldn’t starve. Now it was time to accessorize. What kind of fruit? I decided on apples because they make a good snack and, with some cheese, they are a tasty dessert.
Looking at my cart, I wasn’t convinced I wouldn’t get awfully hungry at times. Then I remembered a conversation I had with my father when we lived in the Philippines. I asked him why he never ate bananas and he told me that when he was a kid his family ate bananas all the time because they were very filling and inexpensive. I grabbed a bunch of bananas.
Now was the big decision. Coffee or alcohol? I could afford one or the other but certainly not both.
I will be your designated driver all week.
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