Hard to believe I'm down to the final week. Considering I started this challenge off in the hospital emergency room and I wasn't sure I would make it this far, it is nice to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This also marks the day that I get to return from the house sitting and with no more plans of travel for the final week, should make things a bit easier.

I did do a bit of shopping on my way home from the house sitting since I had run out of milk in the morning and wanted to get some more. I also wanted to pick up some more pasta for the last week.


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 did my second run through at CVS with the Gillette Body wash coupon, and my math was a bit better this time. I ended up with two body washes (which will be donated), a half gallon of milk and (let the drum roll begin…) salt and pepper (I ran out of What Thin boxes and Tortilla chip bags to get my salt): Those ended up costing me $0.24:

day 24 CVS

day 24 cvs receipt

I also stopped by Safeway and picked up a package of Wacky Mac (veggie spiral pasta) that was on sale for $1 and I used a $0.50 off of 1 coupon from the 5/16 SmartSource Sunday newspaper coupon insert making it $0.50:

wacky mac

day 24 safeway receipt


It was definitely nice to have fresh fruit again and it made my early morning instant oatmeal a lot better having half a banana to put into it:

day 24 oatmeal

A couple of hours later, I had my bigger breakfast which consisted of an egg on whole wheat toast with a bit of salsa on top. I also had a bowl of Corn Flakes with half an apple diced on top (this was the last of the milk and why I needed to get more)

day 24 breakfast


For lunch I had a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread with half a banana and half an apple on the side. I also had a small bowl of tuna pasta salad that was part of what was left over from dinner:

day 24 lunch


I didn't get to eat dinner until about 9:00 pm, well past the hour I usually eat it. I didn't get out from house sitting until about 7:00 pm (moving all my food again was a pain in the butt) and by the time I stopped by CVS and Safeway to get milk and pasta, it was pretty late. I threw in a cup of the Wacky Mac into boiling water and then flavored it with a bit of the second jar of pasta sauce I had — roasted garlic:

day 24 dinner

I could probably survive the rest of the week on the food that I already have, but am glad that I don't have to and I still have room to buy a few more things as the need arises…

This is the current list of what I have purchased:

Money Spent $21.44
Money left to spend: 9.56 ($2 must be spent at CVS)
Retail Value of everything bought: $542.81

1 package of veggie spiral pasta
1 salt and pepper shaker combo
1 bag of salad
1 package of macaroni and cheese
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
6 tomatoes
2 broccoli crowns
2 loaves of bread
2 jars of Classico pasta sauce
2 Safeway brand pasta (spaghetti and rotini)
1 celery stalk
2 bags tortilla chips
5 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
3 half gallons of milk
36 boxes of cereal
2 dozen eggs
2 avocados
17 bananas
2 boxes of Quaker Instant oatmeal
55 packs of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Minis
1 package of Knudsen Light sour cream
20 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

2 Gillette body wash
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 25: Decisions, Decisions


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