Posts Tagged: Food


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  


30
Dec 10

$100 Food Budget – Day 30

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Today I made my final grocery shopping trip of December, 2010. I bought the following items:

  • Bread
  • Tomato Soup
  • Peanut Butter Cups
  • Generic Kool-Aid

Total Spent: $99.10

Remaining Cash: $0.90

I’ll have more than enough food to eat tomorrow, so I think it’s safe to say that Mr Nethead’s $100 Food Budget Challenge is going to be a success.

*pats self on the back*


29
Dec 10

$100 Food Budget – Day 29

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With only a little over four dollars left, some people might wonder if I’ll be able to survive until Saturday. I should be fine, because I actually have more than enough food to last over the next few days. I have three boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, two pot pies, a can of baked beans, several cans of corn, and some cheese in my fridge that only gets better with age. So don’t worry about me. I have plenty of food!

I didn’t buy any food today.

Total Spent: $95.61

Remaining Cash: $4.39


25
Dec 10

$100 Food Budget – Day 25

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I found a bag of Smarties hidden under a pile of mail the other day. They’ve served well as my sugar fix. This particular batch of Smarties was manufactured in Canada. Ironically, this type of candy is not known as Smarties when sold in Canada; they are called Rockets instead. Of course, Canada does have Smarties too, but they’re a different type of candy. Canadian Smarties are a chocolate candy similar to m&ms.

I didn’t buy any food today. 

Total Spent: $89.87

Remaining Cash: $10.13


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 


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


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


21
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


20
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!


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.