Posts Tagged: cheese


31
Dec 10

$100 Food Budget – Day 31

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My $100 Food Budget Challenge has nearly reached its conclusion. It’s going to feel weird to go back to spending however much I want on food again. Maybe now that I’ve gone through this I’ll exercise a little restraint instead of just throwing whatever tickles my fancy into the shopping cart. I feel like I’ve learned a lot.

Although I made it through the entire month spending less than $100 dollars on food, I feel like I could have done better. There were certain things I bought that I didn’t really need. I bought a lot of soda, and had I not done that, I would’ve had more money available for important foods such as meat and produce.

In fact, affording meat is probably the biggest challenge I faced. Yes, you can buy meat or products that contain meat, but the quality of the meat isn’t going to be the greatest.

An interesting side-benefit of the budget was a huge decrease in waste. In fact, I don’t think I ended up wasting anything except some cheap cheese that I bought and discovered to be disgusting. I ate pretty much everything that I bought.

In summary, it was an enlightening month, and if I ever find myself in a position where I must drastically cut my grocery bill, I feel like I’ll be more equipped to handle the situation.

As for tomorrow, I think I want to get a cheeseburger.

I didn’t buy any food today.

Total Spent: $99.10

Remaining Cash: $0.90  


27
Dec 10

$100 Food Budget – Day 27

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Today whilst trying to decide what to have for lunch, I realized that I had four slices of bread left. So naturally I decided to make a couple of grilled cheese sandwiches. I have to say, the grilled cheese is one of my all-time favorite foods. I might have to go out and buy another loaf of bread so I can eat more grilled cheeses this week!

I didn’t buy any food today.

Total Spent: $93.82

Remaining Cash: $6.18


24
Dec 10

$100 Food Budget – Day 24

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My pantry and refrigerator were looking a little desolate today, so I decided to go buy some food. I bought:

  • 2-liter of root beer
  • 4 Turkey pot pies
  • Generic Swiss Rolls
  • Cheese
  • 4 packets of Kool-Aid

In all likelihood, I’ll only be able to go to the store one more time before I run out of money.

Total Spent: $89.87

Remaining Cash: $10.13 


22
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


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.


14
Dec 10

$100 Food Budget – Day 14

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I decided to stop at the store after work tonight, because I knew after yesterday’s experience I’d be craving chocolate again. I only had ten dollars with me, and that forced me to add up each item as they were added to my cart. It was actually fairly stimulating in a mental sense. It certainly required more brainpower than my normal method of just throwing whatever I want into the basket. Stopping to think about each item and whether to buy it while weighing the pros and cons of choosing other items is quite an experience.

Ironically, despite making careful selections, I chose some pretty junky stuff.

I bought:

  • Generic Swiss Rolls
  • Generic Nutty Bars
  • Lay’s Stax
  • Sandwich meat
  • Cheese
  • A 12-pack of Dr Thunder

This experiment would be a lot easier if I didn’t feel so inclined to keep buying soda. Even at $2.58 for a 12-pack it still eats up a fair amount of money when you only have $100 to start with. I probably won’t be able to afford it anymore by the time I reach the end of the month. Thankfully I’m also quite fond of water and drink a large quantity of it.

Total Spent: $58.74

Cash Remaining: $41.26


8
Dec 10

$100 Food Budget – Day 8

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There has been some recent concern that I may not be getting enough nutrition during my my $100 Food Budget Challenge. However, I don’t write about everything I eat in this blog. So hopefully people won’t think the little bit of food I write about is all that I’ve been eating.

Actually, the food I’ve been eating might be more nutritious than my regular diet. This is based on the fact that I’ve been eating more fruit (which is affordable), and less candy. (Which is not so affordable.) I haven’t gone to bed hungry even once this month, so I’m not too worried about things so far.

Today I purchased the following items:

  • Cheese
  • Generic Nutty Bars
  • Chicken patties
  • Buns
  • One 12-pack of generic grape soda
  • Apples
  • Bananas

Total Spent: $37.22

Remaining Cash: $62.78


10
Apr 10

Mmmmm… Casey’s Pizza

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I had some delicious Casey’s Pizza for dinner.

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It’s better than Domino’s and waaaay better than Pizza Hut. I like to get cheese pizza because I feel that meat toppings detract from the cheesy goodness. (Especially the Casey’s cheesy goodness.)

The crust has a nice homemade classic taste. It’s  not too thin but not not too thick either. They’re generous with the cheese, and if you happen to like other toppings, those are pretty good too.

Casey’s is a Midwest chain of convenience stores headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa. If you happen to be lucky enough to live near one of their locations, I suggest you give their pizza a try. They don’t deliver though, so you’ll have to go pick it up.


29
Mar 10

Mr Nethead Builds A Sandwich

I arrived home from a long day of work just a short time ago. Feeling hungry, I decided it would be in my best interest to build a delicious sandwich. I started with two slices of bread.

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My favourite bread is Sara Lee 100% Whole Wheat with Honey. Luckily, that’s the very bread I had on hand.

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No that’s not mustard. I hate mustard. That’s genuine old fashioned Wisconsin cheese spread. Mmmm. I slathered some on both slices of bread. Then it was time to add meat.

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Hillshire Farms Honey Roasted Turkey is my favourite sandwich meat ever! I also decided to throw on some Hormel turkey pepperonis. (I know, I know, that’s a lot of turkey.)

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Here we see that the sandwich is nearly complete. Now all we need to do is put both sides together.

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Ta da! It’s a delicious sandwich indeed. *eats sandwich* For best results, enjoy with an ice cold Sunkist Lemonade.


5
Feb 10

Restaurant Ideas

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My friend Kevin and I have often talked about starting a grilled cheese restaurant. There are hundreds if not thousands of different ways you could make a grilled cheese. Customers could select a specific type of bread and various different cheese combos. I think a restaurant like this would be particularly well-suited for airports. After all, I’m sure many people would love to grab a nice grilled cheese with a cup of tomato soup before catching a flight.

Another idea is a restaurant I would call The Kids’ Menu. It would feature all the usual things you’d find on a kids’ menu except in adult-sized portions. There’d be the usual favorites such as chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, hot dogs and more. Sides could include goldfish crackers, windmill cookies, and applesauce. Unfortunately, I sort of doubt a restaurant like this would be successful unless we managed to find a place with a huge population of picky eaters such as myself. Heh.

And another more off the wall idea that I came up with just recently is a restaurant featuring bagel entrees. There could be bagel sandwiches, bagel pizza and so on. I thought of this one night right after I made a delicious cheesy pepperoni bagel. It was really really good.