Day Three: To Jalapeño or Not to Jalapeño
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I’m walking to Compare thinking about whether I’m going to be able to get a jalapeño without going over.
On the one hand, I did cover myself by saying I can spend up to $1.15. On the other hand, I don’t want to keep going over if I can help it, because the less I spend now, the more I’ll have later. (And as a matter of principle, I’d like to keep it under a dollar.)
I know that jalapeños are cheap, definitely less than $0.24, which is how much it would have to be to kick me over $1.15 for the day. And I think it’s going to be around $0.10, which will be fine, but it could be as much as $0.15, which would put me over.
I get to the store.
They’re $1.19 per pound, which is about 7.5 cents an ounce. (I finally came up with a manageable to way to calculate cost per ounce based on cost per pound—round the per pound cost to the nearest even number, divide by 8 then halve the result. It’s still not an incredibly easy calculation, but much easier than trying to divide by 16, which I find impossible.)
I pick out the smallest one I can find (they got some big jalapeños at that there Compare) and weigh it. It looks like it’s between one and two ounces, but I’m not sure how accurate the scale is going to be for something that small; the scale is designed for pounds, not ounces.
But I’m pretty sure it will be between 7 and 15 cents. I decide that the jalapeño will make my beans and rice enough better that it’s worth the risk.
I get it.
And it was perfect—7 cents for the jalapeño plus 91 cents for the rice, for a total of 98 cents. So I picked up the extra two cents I spent yesterday and I’m back to being over by 26 cents, which is the extra I spent on Day One.
And not only that, but the meal was pretty close to a normal meal.
Looks good, huh?
Also I need to point out that no matter how you define it, that jalapeño would have to be considered “fresh” food
It’s a start at least.