23
Dec 10

$100 Food Budget – Day 23

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I have now completed twenty-three days of my $100 Food Budget Challenge. It really has become a challenge now since I must be conscious of every penny I spend. There isn’t a lot of money left, but my budget is pretty much on target.

I was looking through my pantry and my freezer a little while ago. There isn’t much food around; however, I do have four boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Did you know that if you prepare the mac and cheese to spec it has over 1200 calories per box? I think one box could easily be two meals. It’s just kinda too bad that leftover mac and cheese tastes yucky.

I didn’t buy any food today.

Total Spent: $81.01

Remaining Cash: $18.99


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Dec 10

$100 Food Budget – Day 22

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I made a big bowl of slop after I got home from work tonight. What is slop you ask? Well the exact ingredients depend on what I happen to have available at the time, but it’s basically pasta covered in a cheesy cream of chicken sauce. Sometimes I add corn, and the exact cheeses can vary from batch to batch. I suppose most people would call it “cream of chicken casserole,” but I just call it “slop.” Mmmm… slop.

I didn’t buy any food today.

Total Spent: $81.01

Remaining Cash: $18.99


22
Dec 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 33

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Well, dear Internet, it is once again Wednesday. Seeing as it is now the middle of the week, I feel inclined to compose yet another installment of Midweek Thoughts.

Whenever someone asks me what I’m thinking about, I always feel pressured to come up with something profound or interesting to say. The truth is I’m probably thinking something like, “I haven’t had a Pop Tart in a while. I like Pop Tarts. Sometimes I toast them, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I have a hard time deciding whether to toast them or not. Maybe I should just flip a coin.”

Actually, I do most of my serious thinking late at night while I’m trying to fall asleep. But don’t you dare try calling me at 3am to ask me what I’m thinking about or I will track you down and… and… give you a stern lecture!

I know a lot of people down south whine about hardly ever getting any snow. Maybe I should start selling snow online. I’m sure there’s a way to keep in frozen in transport. It would be great because I could sell it for a ridiculous price, and the snow would arrive down south where the happy recipient could enjoy it for 15 to 20 minutes before it all melts. I’ll just file this idea in the “great ideas that I will never actually do” pile. By the way, don’t even think about stealing this idea from me. If you do, I will track you down…

and give you a stern lecture.


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Dec 10

$100 Food Budget – Day 21

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So what happens if you’re on a $100 food budget for a month and you find yourself wanting something to snack on? Well one option is looking in the cupboard and finding some old chips. Actually, the Sun Chips weren’t that bad considering how old they were. I don’t remember when I bought them exactly, but I’m pretty sure it was sometime in 2009.

I also have some expired packets of hot cocoa mix which taste perfectly fine. But don’t worry, I’m not going to drink any expired milk. :P

I didn’t buy any food today.

Total Spent:  $81.01

Remaining Cash: $18.99


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Dec 10

$100 Food Budget – Day 20

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I hadn’t intended to buy any food today. But then I thought I could make a quick stop and buy some buns. Sliced bread is great, but buns work better for certain things. (Such as burgers.) I ended up grabbing a few other things too. I bought:

  • Buns
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Sandwich meat
  • 2-liter of Cranberry Sierra Mist (Mmmmm!)

My total came to $7.01. As I heard my total, I immediately wished I had chosen to carry an extra penny. Unfortunately, all I had were dollar coins, so the store got eight of them.

Total Spent: $81.01

Remaining Cash: $18.99

Can I stretch that $18.99 and make it last the rest of the month? I think I can. I might have to eat some weird stuff toward the end, but I’ll make it!


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Dec 10

$100 Food Budget – Day 19

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You know what I haven’t had in a while? Pancakes. I’m sorta in the mood to eat pancakes right now but I don’t have the fixin’s to make ‘em. Perhaps I’ll go to the store tomorrow and buy pancake stuff.

My sister gave me a whole bunch of leftover pot roast yesterday. I ate some of that today. I do enjoy a good pot roast, which is one of three reasons I could never be a vegetarian. The other two reasons are turkey and chicken. 

I didn’t buy any food day.

Total Spent: $74.00

Remaining Cash: $26.00


18
Dec 10

$100 Food Budget – Day 18

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Well, I didn’t intend to spend any money on food today but sometimes things turn out differently than planned. I was heading home when I remembered that I was low on milk. So I stopped to get milk and ended up getting a few other things too.

It’s funny how before I went on this budget I had trouble using all my milk or bread. Now they are the two things I run out of most quickly. Today I bought:

  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • 2-liter bottle of Squirt
  • 20 ounce bottle of Coke

My girlfriend sent me a coupon for a free 20 ounce soda, so my bottle of Coke was free!

Total Spent: $74.00

Remaining Cash: $26.00

Woohoo! This is the first time my remaining cash has been an exact dollar amount. I guess the big question now is, “can I make $26.00 last the rest of the month?” I believe that I can.


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Dec 10

$100 Food Budget – Day 17

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I’ve had half a box of chicken burgers sitting in my freezer for a couple of months. I had thought about eating a couple of them numerous times over the last few weeks but never did. Well today I ate a couple of them and they were quite tasty. I didn’t have any buns, so I used some toast instead.

I really enjoy chicken burgers, but I sort of hate that they shrink wrap them in sets of four. I would never eat four at once, and separating four frozen burgers from each other is a pain. They say on the box that you shouldn’t thaw them first, and I don’t, but prying them apart with a butter knife is a tedious endeavor. So yeah, I wish they would just individually wrap them.

I didn’t buy any food today. However, I noticed when I counted the money in my tin, it was twenty-five cents short. I use the receipts to calculate my totals and I don’t think I got the math wrong. So that leads me to believe I misplaced a quarter somewhere along the way.

Total Spent: $69.34

Remaining Cash: $30.66


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Dec 10

$100 Food Budget – Day 16

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I was finishing up at work today when I remembered that I didn’t have any bread. Bread is one thing I really miss when I don’t have it so I decided I had better stop off and get some. I also decided to stop at Aldi and see if they still sell mandarin oranges. It turns out they do and they only cost 49 cents per can!

I then went to Piggly Wiggly and bought a loaf of Sara Lee Honey Wheat bread. It was on sale for $1.99, which is the same price Walmart has been selling it for. I felt pretty good about that deal. The complete list of my purchases are:

  • 12 cans of mandarin oranges
  • Bread
  • Blueberry bagels
  • Generic Toaster Pastries (Cherry)

You can save quite a bit of money buying generic stuff. Food Club brand toaster pastries are $1.29, while the Pop Tarts brand is $1.89 on sale. A lot of generic food doesn’t taste all that different from the name brands. I suspect many people don’t like buying generic stuff because it makes them feel poor. (That is certainly true in my case.)

Considering what I bought it might come as a surprise that I actually had spaghetti for dinner. Heh. It was quite good.

Total Spent: $69.09

Cash Remaining: $30.91


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Dec 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 32

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It’s Wednesday! That means it’s the perfect time for Midweek Thoughts!

Last night I saw a video from YouTube in which Mythbusters host Adam Savage described how he accidentally went through airport security with two 12-inch razor blades. (Ordinarily this would seem odd, but we’re talking about one of the guys from Mythbusters.) The TSA, whilst using their new fancy-pants, full-body, cancer causing, privacy infringing scanners failed to detect them. That isn’t very reassuring. I think if I ever do fly again I’ll wear these underpants.

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Yes, you can actually buy this underwear. They also sell t-shirts with this message or the text of the fourth amendment of the Constitution printed in metallic ink so it will be visible to the scanners. Neato.

So, I’ve noticed that many of the streets in this town haven’t been plowed properly. I’ve also noticed that many businesses have done a pretty lousy job on snow removal too. I guess nobody wants to spring for snow removal in today’s economy, but if we start seeing more car accidents due to negligence by the city or local establishments, I can’t help but feel that they deserve to get sued.

Perhaps I should have a word with the mayor. Or perhaps I should run for mayor! My campaign promises will include better snow removal and the raising of the speed limit on North Spring Street. Who wouldn’t vote for me?!

As an added plus, I have a lot of mayoral experience from all those years of playing Sim City…