I love peanut butter. I seriously love the stuff. If I hadn't been able to buy some for this challenge, it would have been immensely more difficult for me to stay on tract. I love peanut butter so much, I was willing to buy tampons to get some for free. I have no problem eating it by the spoonful out of the jar and I believed (until today) that peanut butter in combination with any other food would be a no miss combination. I was wrong and I stand corrected:


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



I found out that mixing CapriSun with my morning instant oatmeal was not a very good combination, so needed something else to give it a bit of flavor. There was a comment that adding a bit of peanut butter to the oatmeal would give it some flavor, so I decided to give it a try:

peanut butter oatmeal

peanut butter oatmeal mixed

It was one of the strangest combinations I have had in a long time. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't good either. It was just strange tasting — the type of taste that would be good if you had a year to acquire a taste for it, but it would take a full year before you would become comfortable with it. Give it a try and you will know what I mean.

For my larger breakfast, I chopped up the last of my potato and fried that up with the last of the left over black beans I had cooked a few days before. I added a spoonful of salsa on top and had a bowl of Corn Flakes with banana on top:

day 21 breakfast


For lunch, I fried up an egg on toast (I only used one piece of bread because I am almost out of it and don't want to buy more while I am still house sitting). I put the rest of the potato and black bean mix I had for breakfast in a cup on the side, the last of the Wheat Thins samples packs and a few Fig Newtons with the last of the CapriSun (I have a whole other package, but also failed to bring that with me house sitting)

day 21 lunch

In the late afternoon, I remembered that the celery I had was on its last legs, so I put that together with some peanut butter for a late afternoon snack (peanut butter on celery is vastly superior to peanut butter in oatmeal):

day 21 snack


Dinner was decided by default. I am running low on almost everything so I simply looked at what I still had which was pretty sparse. I cooked up the last of the spaghetti pasta and used the rest of the four cheese pasta sauce that I had (it was actually more than I thought and I covered the spaghetti in with a thick amount of it (I'm finding that I am actually liking food with lighter amounts of sauces than I had previously used). I also topped it with half of my last tomato:

day 21 dinner

So I am now at a pretty major crossroad. I am house sitting in an area where I am not familiar with the grocery stores and where the grocery store deals aren't all that great this week. I really should do a shopping to replenish what I have on hand, but I think I am going to suck it up and wait one more day and simply eat the last of the last that I have on hand.

Sunday CVS starts their new week and they have a good money making deal on:

Gillette or Old Spice Body Wash, 10-18 oz $4.00: Buy 1, Receive $4.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 2

There is also a $4.00 off 2 Gillette Antiperspirants/Deodorants or Body Washes, any from Proctor & Gamble 5/2 Sunday newspaper insert (a number of buy One Get One Free Coupons are also available: BOGO Free Gillette Body Wash from the 5/2 Proctor & Gamble 5/2 Sunday newspaper insert, a BOGO Free Old Spice Body Wash from 4/18 RedPlum Sunday newspaper insert and the BOGO Free Old Spice Body Wash or Fresh Collection Antiperspirant from the 5/2 Proctor & Gamble 5/2 Sunday newspaper insert). Using any of these coupons will make the purchase a $4.00 (actually about $3.25 after taxes) money maker where I can buy other food items to make it work out even. If I can wait to use this on Sunday and use what I buy Sunday to get me through the rest of my house sitting stay, then I should be in good shape heading into the last week of this challenge.

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


The Beginning ::: Day 22: Disaster!


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