Should I Be Able To Use Basics That I Have Purchased, But Don’t Bring With Me When I Travel? Day 58: Eating Well On $1 A Day


Rotten potatoes are gag reflex inducing. Unfortunately, I found this out first hand when I opened up my second 10lb bag of potatoes — and was greeted with a most unpleasant scent imaginable. Although tempted to chuck the entire bag due to the smell, I knew I needed to salvage as many of the potatoes as possible. Saying it was an unpleasant olfactory experience is a great understatement and not something that I hope to ever have to smell again anytime soon. In the end, I lost about 3 of the 10 lbs of potatoes to rot.

I should have realized it was going to be one of those days when it started off that way, especially when it was another travel day. In the past it was fine to take along all the food I had because I didn’t have much, but now that I have more food, taking it all when traveling is quite cumbersome. The fact that it is a quick three day trip makes it all that more complicated. I decided that I would just take a few things and live off of pretty basic meals for the next three days. The problem is that when I arrived, I realized that I had forgotten some of the basics.

Which comes to the next question for this challenge. The biggest things I forgot were cooking oil and spices for flavoring. The exact same things I forgot are available and I have permission to use where I am staying. My sister, invoking SARBSS (It is ALWAYS a sibling’s job to change or narrow clarify the rules when ridiculous bets are being attempted by another sibling. This is part of the Sibling Agreement on Records, Bets, Stunts and Streaks), thinks if I I forgot to take it with me, then I should suffer without it. I think that if I have purchased it, I should be allowed a little leeway and be able to use those same items since their cost is insignificant per use once they have been purchased. Time for all of you to decide and comment with your opinion:

Should I be able to use basics that I have purchased, but leave behind when I travel?

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Blueberry Drink Banana Smoothie

I decided to try another orange banana smoothie this morning, but whereas the previous oranges were delicious, this one was dried out and I ended up throwing it away. With no other fruit in the house, I decided to use a cup of the OceanSpray blueberry drink with ice and a banana for the morning smoothie. It wasn’t as good as using fresh fruit, but it wasn’t bad either. Definitely worth making it if there is no fresh fruit around:

blueberry drink banana smoothie

Cheerio Kashi Mixed Cereal

Since it was a busy day trying to get things packed to travel along with all the other stuff I needed to get done, it was a quick cereal mix of Cheerios and Kashi cereal before I headed off:

Cheerio Kashi mix cereal

Since I was going to be on the road for a few hours, I packed myself a couple of peanut butter sandwiches and the Peppridge Farm Goldfish grahams to eat along the way.

Mashed Potatoes, Pasta and Salad

Dinner was a hodgepodge of whatever I had on hand and it included reheated mashed potatoes with veggies, a salad (lettuce, spinach, onion, tomato, salad dressing) and pasta (with tomato and salad dressing). I also had a large glass of Blueberry Juice (mixed half and half with water — juice is too sweet without mixing it for me now)

day 58 dinner

I think that my meals are going to be this way for the next few days as I have limited access to a kitchen (just making things that much more challenging) meaning that simple meals that don’t take much preparation are what will be on the menu.

This is the current list of food I still have
This is the current list of what I have purchased:

Money Spent $40.01
Money left to spend: $20.99 ($5.04 must be spent at CVS)
Retail Value of everything bought: $1171.64

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52 Responses to Should I Be Able To Use Basics That I Have Purchased, But Don’t Bring With Me When I Travel? Day 58: Eating Well On $1 A Day

  1. Shirley says:

    Jeffrey, may I make a suggestion? Try to keep some small bottles of some staples in a Sterilite crate or a box and make sure a little of all of your staples are kept there for your trips. A small bottle of oil, a few baggies with spices and salt and pepper in them. A little of other things that are dry in baggies such as flour, sugar, cereals, corn bread mix, biscuit mix, etc. That way all you will have to put in are refrigerator foods, breads, and frozen foods.
    If you run out of your basic foods before you can replenish you will have the stored foods to use but don’t forget to replenish when you do take some out whether at home or a trip.

  2. Just me says:

    Yes but you’d have to subtract out the same amount of stuff you used while house sitting so that it didn’t increase the overall amount of that item that you had available to you, and you couldn’t use anything that you didn’t already have.

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