Day Twenty-Two

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

What I Bought on Day Twenty-Two

What I Bought on Day Twenty-Two

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Today I went for some veggies to liven up my black beans and tortillas— jalapeno, tomatoes, and a teeny tiny onion, combined with the garlic and lime I had on hand to make a very close proximity of my usual salsa. (The only thing missing was black pepper, which I can live without.)

Salsa Fresca

Salsa Fresca / Fresh Sauce

For Meal One, I had the sixth round from last week’s purchase of sunflower seeds and steel-cut oats—six good meals for $1.03. Not bad. And that was the end of both of those. Not sick of them yet, so I’ll probably get more before the project is over.

For Meal Two, I cooked up some eggs and heated the black beans and had eggs and beans and salsa with yesterday’s tortillas. I also polished off the cornmeal muffins, which were mostly crumbs by this point, but still tasted good. And a naranja for dessert. (See, this project is even expanding my vocabulary—that’s an orange, for those of you who don’t speak supermarket espanol.)

We’re coming into the home stretch—only eight days left. I’m trying to strategize the best way to work through what I have so as to not have anything left at the end, and what to get that will be just enough to get me through. Have a few things I’m thinking about, but it changes daily so I think we’re all pretty much in the dark about how it’s going to turn out.

Receipt Day Twenty-Two

Receipt Day Twenty-Two

5 Responses to “Day Twenty-Two”

  1. Nancy Says:

    Just curious – what is the purpose of making sure you use up everything from these 30 days before they’re up? I would think it would be kind of cool to be able to say that you ate for $1 per day for 30 days and even had leftovers, y’know?

  2. lessisenough Says:

    I feel like if I have food left, it means I spent money on food I didn’t eat, instead of spending money on food I really would have like to have eaten (like for instance more tangerines or other vegetables).

  3. supergrover Says:

    I love it that the orange is a “naranja amarilla” – a yellow orange!

  4. Elizabeth Says:

    I just wanted to let you know that I love reading this blog (found it through a link shared on a frugal discussion forum), particularly how you take the time to photograph the food as you get it from the store, your receipts to show actual costs, and the meals you create. I’d love to try something like this, but even though I frequently cook frugally from scratch, it’ll take some planning on my part.

    Thank you for sharing your plan and progress with all of us who read your blog, and for showing that it is possible to eat on $1 a day and do better than processed foods and other junk.

  5. Valerie Says:

    Hello, found your site a couple of days ago, and I’ve been enjoying both your posts and the comments. We are in a period of belt-tightening after many years of not having to worry too much about food expenses, and it’s helpful to be reminded of how little it takes to add flavor and creativity to basic food items. It really does help to have some basic cooking and food prep skills in place–to know what to do with a bag of rice and beans!

    You’ve mentioned that the most tedious part of this has been the blogging and record-keeping–I understand, but I’m truly grateful that you were willing to share your experience like this.


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