Living on $29/week
I thought about becoming a food taster once, but decided not to because I didn’t want to have too much on my plate. ? Most wage earners get paid either once or twice a month, but we generally have to eat food everyday. This means learning how to budget our grocery bill is an important skill to have. For some people maybe $200 a month for food is enough, but for others it might be $400 or more. Having a personalized budget that is reasonable will teach us about self control, rationing, meal planning, and will probably even save us money. 🙂 If we fail to watch our spending and plan ahead then we may run out of money before our next paycheque and find ourselves in times of scarcity. ?
Earlier this week I started a food stamp challenge inspired by a famous celebrity. The idea is to spend no more than $29 on a whole week’s worth of food. I’m about half way through the challenge so I thought I’d give a quick update on how things are going. You can see the previous post for the full list of ingredients and detailed breakdown.
So far I’ve gone through most of the vegetables, but I’ve only eaten 5 of the 14 turkey drumsticks. I’ve been making a lot of salads, sandwiches, and roasts. Overall I’m roughly half way through my food basket. Tomorrow I’ll make a quick stew out of some potatoes, radish, and fish. I have 2 squashes remaining which I’ll probably stuff and bake. I have some left-over tomatoes and green peppers which I’m going to use up tonight lest they spoil. Below are some examples of simple dishes I’ve made so far.
As mentioned in the previous post I’m only using salt and pepper for seasoning. I first thought this may become boring and repetitive after awhile, but so far the whole foods like tomatoes and bell peppers have quite a lot of natural flavor themselves, especially when cooked, and the salt actually helps to bring out their taste. Since I only eat two meals a day, plus snacks, I don’t have to cook very often. I think eating fewer meals is helping me with this challenge by eating less than other people would.
Here are some nutritional information about the entire basket of food that I purchased for less than $29.
- The french bread is a great source of carbohydrate which our bodies can turn into energy. 🙂
- Cucumbers help with hydration and contain valuable antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. (source)
- Like many other fish, mackerel are said to help prevent cardiovascular disease and they’re a rich source of vitamin D, B vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids..
- Tomatoes have vitamin C, K, and E, as well as healthy minerals like copper, manganese, and phosphorus.
- Radishes help regulate the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream, and are good detoxifiers of the body. (source)
- Turkey contains selenium, zinc, and of course a lot of protein. Is 11.3 lb of drumsticks too much protein? I say no whey! ?
- Green peppers and remaining vegetables in my basket have a lot of vitamin A, C, B2, B6, potassium, molybdenum, and dietary fiber which is good for digestion.
- Cheese flavored crackers are pretty much empty calories. I bought it as a snack for when I get tired of eating the other foods.
I’m not tired of eating the foods in my basket yet. But I have noticed that I’m being more resourceful with my ingredients than usual. For example I’m reclycling the turkey bones to make soup stock. The hardest part of the challenge so far has been not participating when my co-worker brought in a box of Tim Hortons donuts to share with everyone. There are 3 and half more days to go. I think I can make it. A final update will be posted next week. 🙂
Random Useless Fact:
There’s a place called Porters Lake in Nova Scotia. For a tourist visiting this Canadian town, asking for directions could pose some problems due to its confusing street names. ?