I woke up this morning for day 1 and totally forgot I was doing the challenge. As I was munching on my usual raw, organic almonds ($12.99 a pound), my husband gently reminded me that I was quickly eating my way through 4 bucks a day. Woops.
I quickly realized I had nothing I could eat so I trekked down the street to my local dollar store.
I bought so much more than I thought I could get on 4 bucks a day (which is $20 total since I am doing this for 5 days). I ended up spending $20 even, but will have to break down every meal since, for example, the loaf of bread costs $1.00 but I will not be eating it all at once- 2 slices cost about .10. For $20 I got:
- can of baked beans
- 6 ramen noodles
- 4 zucchini’s
- 2 packs of instant butterscotch pudding
- 1 box of scalloped potatoes
- 1 bag of red potatoes
- 1 bag of bananas (6)
- loaf of wheat bread
- 1 pack of hot dogs (the only meat they sold)
- box of instant oatmeal
- 1 gallon milk
- bag of frozen blackberries
- jar of blackberry jam
- jar of peanut butter
- package of frozen acai smoothie packages (not sure why this is at a .99 store)
- can of corn and can of mixed veggies
- bag of baby carrots (I was so happy to buy these)
- can of Spaghetti O’s (with meatballs)
That is a lot of food for 20 bucks. At first glance, this seems really easy. I can eat this stuff for a few days and it will be plenty. If I eat it all and nothing else, I will have spent no more than 4 bucks a day for 5 days. But I will also have eaten very few fresh items and much of what I bought has added high fructose corn syrup in it. I don’t really like pb&j sandwiches, milk or hot dogs. Canned veggies are gross.
This might not be as easy as I thought…