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Helping Out With

If you have read the Eating Well On $1 A Day Challenge, you know that the beginning of this entire bet was the result of me buying food for the best price that I could for local food banks. For those of you who already coupon and have decided to donate the food and other items you don’t need to your local food banks / other charities, we now have a way for you to participate in Penny Experiment through … Continue reading

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CNN Interview Tomorrow

Just received confirmation that I will be on CNN to do a short interview tomorrow (Saturday) at 11:40 am PST about eating on $1 a day for 100 days. I’m not sure if I should be excited or terrified…

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Nature Valley Nut Cluster Money Maker: $500 Worth of Food For Free

Why would I ever imagine that things would slow down now that the 100 days of eating on $1 a day are over? I returned home from Oregon (which in itself was an experience — I watched a box spring mattress decide that it wanted to learn how to fly as it freed itself from the back of a pick-up truck going 70 mph on the highway. Unfortunately, the box spring mattress learned that flying isn’t what mattresses are made … Continue reading

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The Final Day – Day 100: Eating Well On $1 A Day

It is hard to believe that I have reached the 100 day milestone. Even more surprising is that the eating well on $1 a day has gone so well that I don’t feel any desire to immediately change the way that I have been eating (or that my cooking didn’t result in mt poisoning myself in some way). It has become a routine and the fact that it has tells me that it is possible to do this long term … Continue reading

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Realising I Have No Common Sense – Day 99: Eating Well On $1 A Day

My friends know me far too well and this is not a good thing. Whenever one of them wants to do something that they can’t convince any of their other friends to do, they inevitably come to me knowing that I will think it is a great idea — well, at least until I realize what I have agreed to do. A perfect example is a friend that asked me to run a half marathon. I, in my completely unfathomable … Continue reading

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Garden Rivals – Day 98: Eating Well On $1 A Day

The weather has been a lot cooler than usual which has meant that the garden which I had planned to use to supplement the food that I purchased with coupons has taken a lot longer to produce food than I thought it would. Had this been the only issue, I probably would have been enjoying the fruits of my labor for a couple of weeks, but that has not been the case. Once again I find myself on the losing … Continue reading

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More Protein Than I Really Wanted – Day 97: Eating Well On $1 A Day

I swear that the food gods are looking down upon me and simply having the time of their life thinking up ways to torture me more with food each passing day…You will see what I mean in a moment. Yellow Cherry Plum Smoothie The day started off well with my usual morning smoothie, this time using the yellow cherry plums: Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal It continued on a positive note when my nieces had liked the cinnamon banana oatmeal enough that … Continue reading

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A Small Cooking Miracle Takes Place – Day 96: Eating Well On $1 A Day

I made a decision today. I have been thinking about how I want to end the 100 days of this challenge. At first I thought it would be good to use the rest of the money I had and create some pretty impressive meals the last few days. Upon further reflection, however, it seemed like a pointless venture. For one, my cooking skills would likely turn those fancy meals I had in mind into total disasters. Even more importantly, there … Continue reading

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Recruiting Child Labor – Day 95: Eating Well On $1 A Day

I have been seriously considering whether to continue with this challenge or end it at 100 days taking into account the many comments that all of you have made. One of the things I have been experimenting with is buying for the food banks as part of Penny Experiment while at the same time as documenting this challenge. It has turned out to be a lot more difficult to do than I had anticipated. It isn’t so much actually physically … Continue reading

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I Gave Up 3 Days Worth Of Food For A Girl – Day 94: Eating Well On $1 A Day

I gave up three days worth of food for a girl today — and not just any girl, but my former high school love. If you have ever faced the situation where you were going to meet an old high school flame that you haven’t seen in years, you already know exactly what I was going through. It is a combination of curiosity and anxiety that can’t be fully described in words and hovers between huge anticipation and total terror … Continue reading

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