The new week started for the grocery stores. There doesn't appear to be any money makers this week that I can take advantage of, but I was able to score 5 packages of Oscar Mayer Hardwood Smoked Turkey Franks which you may be able to do yourself if you can find peelie coupons. I also bought a dozen eggs which should last me through the end of the month. The purchase cost me $0.94:

day 26 purchase

day 26 hot dog receipt

I have never been a big fan of hot dogs. I'll have one on occasion when at a barbecue, but it is definitely not something that I would buy for myself. I can't remember if I have ever had a turkey hot dog before. I figure that I will give them a try and if they aren't to my liking, I can always donate them to the local food banks.


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 also found a pound of deli chicken breast that was marked down because the expiration date was coming due. Since I am limited in what I have, I know that I will go through it quickly so the date shouldn't be an issue at all and I also added that for $0.99:

day 26 chicken breast

day 26 chicken receipt


I started off my morning with my usual instant oatmeal flavored with a bit of the 100% grape / peach juice and now I have no more oatmeal left. I looked at all the store sales circulars and there doesn't seem to be any place with them on sale this week, so I won't be getting any more. I can't see paying a few dollars when I know it is possible to get boxes for free to $0.50 each on a fairly regular basis.

I'm not sure what I will do about my current early morning pattern of having a light snack and then a larger breakfast after. I really like that pattern (something I plan to keep even after I quit this challenge), but not sure what I will replace the oatmeal with. It's something I will have to think about.

For my larger breakfast I had a bowl of Corn Flakes with half a banana and half an apple on top with a cup of 100% grape / peach juice (half water):

day 26 breakfast


It was a busy day and I didn't have a whole lot of time to fix lunch (that is pretty much the story of my life 🙂 I simply heated up the rest of the rice dish I had made last night, had an apple with peanut butter on it and some carrot sticks with cream cheese:

day 26 lunch


I needed to use up the last of the rice I had cooked and I added a couple of the Hardwood Smoked Turkey Franks to see how they tasted and had a small salad with half a tomato and just a touch of Miracle Whip to give it a little flavor:

day 26 dinner

It was edible, but not the best. I won't throw the rest out, but I won't be making it again. I think I will keep the rest of the pack so that I have something to put on the BBQ for Memorial Day weekend, but I will donate the other 4 packages to the local food bank.

This is the current list of what I have purchased:

Money Spent $23.37
Money left to spend: 7.63 ($2 must be spent at CVS)
Retail Value of everything bought: $563.74

1 package of chicken breast deli style (1 lb)
5 packages hardwood smoked turkey franks
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
3 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

4 packages hardwood smoked turkey franks
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 27: My Current Food List


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  1. I keep seeing that “mystery purchase” on your list of things purchased. When will we find out what the mystery purchase is?

    btw-I have come to look forward to my evenings because I know that I get to come here and see what you have written for the day! Thanks!

  2. You are terrific!!! I have a suggestion… how about adding a separate counter for the non-food items you’re donating? It might be interesting to see how fast the deodorant, Scrubbing Bubbles and personal items add up.

  3. I’m not much of a hot dog eater either but on the bright side-they are turkey and a better quality brand. If you have any pork n beans left you could always make beanie wienies. If you do chop up a little of the celery real fine into it. What about an omlet w/hot dog chopped up finely with other stuff like some tomato, carrot & celery. Since they are hardwood smoked that should help the flavor.

  4. If you could find any more cheap tortilia. You could make pinwheels with the sandwich meat & mayo. If you do this add some of the powdered cheese & pepper to the mayo-could also shred some carrot in there. These would be really good for your busy days. You can make up several-wrap them in a damp towel and refigerate. Slice them when you are ready to eat.

  5. @Maxine Thank you for the suggestions (obviously I need them). I have updated the list of what I still have available in my latest post.

  6. I know this is a bit late, but I’ve found I can purchase a two-lb canister of store-brand 5 or 10 minute oatmeal (on the stove; in the microwave it takes 1.5 minutes with supervision to keep it from overflowing) for just $.99 usually. It lasts FOREVER – at least a month to six weeks. I personally eat less than the serving size because it’s so filling (the serving size is 1/2 c dry oatmeal with 1 c water for cooking; I eat 1/3 c dry oatmeal with 2/3 c water for cooking).

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