Eating Well On $1 A Day: Day 22 – Disaster!


I knew that today was going to be a tough day even before it began. I had finished off all my fruit and pasta and was running low on a lot of other things. I figured that for the first time, I would actually be eating like people imagined I would be eating when there is only $1 a day to spend on food. Although I knew that I had plenty to keep my stomach full, it was going to be pretty basic. I kept telling myself if I could simply get through the day, I would be well set up for the remainder of the challenge…

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This is part of a month long challenge to eat well while spending an average of only $1 a day on food. You can find the beginning and the rules of this challenge here

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Breakfast

With no fruit and having determined that flavoring instant oatmeal with CapriSun or peanut butter was not the way to go, I thought about skipping it all together. I should have kept with my first thoughts, but then somehow I convinced myself that if I had the oatmeal, I would feel less hungry in the afternoon and less likely to snack. I don't know why I think that the taste is going to change, because every time I eat oatmeal plain, I tell myself I'll never do it again (and then end up doing it again a few days later). Hopefully I have learned my lesson now.

I also had a bowl of Corn Flakes (but no topping of fruit that made them pretty bland) and an egg on a slick of toasted whole wheat bread. Used the last of the salt from the tortilla chip bag on the egg, so no more salt unless I can come up with a creative way to get more:

day22 breakfast

Lunch

Lunch was basically throwing together whatever I happened to still have on hand. I had peanut better on a slice of whole wheat toast (I didn't make a full sandwich because it left me with only 2 slices left and I wasn't sure when I could get bread again), cut up some carrots to dip into one of the cream cheese minis and 4 Fig Newtons. I also had another bowl of Corn Flakes:

day 22 lunch

Dinner

I thought I was doing pretty well for feeling like my food supply was pretty sparse, and decided that I would boil up the last of my black beans and long grain rice. I had been soaking the black beans, so they were ready to go – I put them on the stove, set the timer and was starting to get the rice ready when I got distracted and ended up in the back room where my computer is. I ended up looking at something on it, and that something turned into something else and it kept going until I smelled something burning. When I rushed to the kitchen, the timer was off (I had not heard it) and there was no water left in the pot with the beans which were not looking too well:

day 22 beans

day 22 bean burnt

I thought that I might be able to salvage some of the beans if I picked the burnt ones out and added some sour cream and salsa. The problem is that I am down to my last few spoonfuls of salsa and didn't want to waste it as I consider it pretty precious stuff at the moment. I decided to mix in some sour cream and see whether it would be edible. It was a good choice to try that first because there was still a strong burnt flavor to the beans:

day 22 beans salvage

If I had been starving, I could have eaten them, but since I wasn't, it wasn't worth it to eat them just to fill my stomach — they all went down the drain.

Since I had failed to put the rice on, I was at square one and just decided to throw together whatever was easy. That consisted of another bowl of Corn Flakes (I am glad I decided to keep another box because I will need it for the last week), carrot sticks with cream cheese and the last of my Fig Newtons (basically lunch all over again).

day 22 dinner

I now know that when I am cooking, i need to concentrate on that and not get side tracked. Although I didn't go to bed hungry, I think today was the least favorite of all the days I have had when it comes to what I had to eat. I really like to have at least a couple of fruits in my diet everyday and that is something I plan to address tomorrow even if it costs me more of my meager resources than I want it to. Chalk today up to experience…

This is the current list of what I have purchased:

Money Spent $16.57
Money left to spend: 14.43 ($2 must be spent at CVS)
Retail Value of everything bought: $500.63

3 sample packs of Maxwell House Vanilla Carmel Latte
4 sample packages of Wheat Thins Sundried Tomato & Basil
3 packages (small) Fig Newtons
1 jar Miracle Whip
1 potato
1 mystery purchase
1/3 lb ground beef
4 tomatoes on vine
2 broccoli crowns
1 loaf of bread
2 jars of Classico pasta sauce
2 Safeway brand pasta (spaghetti and rotini)
1 celery stalk
2 bags tortilla chips
3 cans tuna
1 bottle Welch's grape & peach 100% juice
1 bottle V8 Fusion fruit / vegetable drink
1 bottle V8 spicy vegetable drink
2 boxes of Caprisun fruit drinks (10 packs)
1 jar of salsa
1 bag of black beans
2 half gallons of milk
36 boxes of cereal
2 dozen eggs
2 avocados
14 bananas
2 boxes of Quaker Instant oatmeal
55 packs of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Minis
1 package of Knudsen Light sour cream
10 apples
2 lbs of carrots
8 boxes (small) of Wheat Thins
2 jars of Skippy All Natural peanut butter
2 cans of pork and beans
1 bag of long grain brown rice
2 packages of Mission 100% whole wheat tortillas (10 count each)

Donated Food / other items to Food Bank that was purchased with my $1 a day

3 sample packs of Maxwell House Vanilla Carmel Latte
1 Stayfree pantiliner package
1 Kotex U tampon package
5 Bayer children's aspirin
2 sticks of deodorant
4 bottles Windex multi-surface cleaner
1 can of Pork & Beans
32 boxes of cereal
50 packs of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Minis
4 boxes (small) of Wheat Thins
2 Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean bathroom cleaner
2 Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean bathroom cleaner refill

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The Beginning ::: Day 23: Math Deficient, But Lucky

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7 Responses to Eating Well On $1 A Day: Day 22 – Disaster!

  1. Michelle says:

    Do you happen to have a crockpot? That’s a pretty easy way to cook beans, even without soaking them.

  2. Elisabeth says:

    Some days you just want to pull the covers back over your head and forget it happened. Tomorrow will be better!

  3. admin says:

    I barely knew what a skillet was when I started 😉 Unfortunately, due to my travel schedule and rarely being in one place, I do not although I’m sure many of the places I stay do if I knew what I was looking for…

  4. Maxine says:

    I know you sure was sad to see the beans have to go. I think anyone that has cooked beans a few times have had this happen at least once.
    So what do you actually have left?

  5. Dana says:

    I just remembered this trick that is supposed to help with burned beans:
    Fill the pan with water to cover the beans. Take two raw potatoes, quarter them and put them in the pot with the beans. Leave them in for about 10-15 minutes then throw them away. Supposedly, they will absorb most of the bad taste. I haven’t tried this in eons so I hope I’m remembering correctly and it works for you.

  6. Deborah says:

    Be careful of not soaking beans and then cooking them in the crock pot. I read somewhere that beans can have a “poisonous” element to them if they are not soaked. Then they have to be cooked at a high temperature to make them safe. The crock pots don’t get them to the high temperature. (I have cooked them in a crock pot before I read this, though. I don’t think I will again, just to be sure they are okay.)

  7. emily says:

    Deborah: I believe that’s just kidney beans…any other kind should be fine.