Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Forgot to post today's food.
Breakfast - leftover chicken breast
Lunch - chicken salad (chicken, mayo, splenda), carrot
Supper - chicken veggie soup, deviled eggs
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Or it will be, in a little over 4-1/2 hours.
So this is the end of this Food Stamp Challenge. I did it for 30 days this time. My goal for spending was based on Indiana’s average 2012 monthly food stamp per person of $132.42. I ended up only spending $117.93. And I have some food left! It wasn’t gourmet eating, but it was good and it was satisfying (well, except for those times when nothing would have satisfied me except eating enough for half a dozen people) and it was healthy and it was nutritious.
Of course, to say that I spent less than $120 for a month’s meals doesn’t mean very much by itself. After all, I could probably spend $120 on just a few ounces of truffles! (The kind that grow under oak trees, not the chocolate kind. Though, depending on the brand of chocolates…) First, here’s what I bought. The things with * were on sale.
2 heads lettuce
1 bottle (16 oz) ranch dressing
1 jar (30 oz) mayo
4 pounds carrots
A salt and pepper combo pack
2 8-oz packages cream cheese
*6.3 lbs chicken thighs
*10.24 lbs ground beef
*5 lbs pork ribs
*10.38 lbs split chicken breasts (skin on, bone in)
1 lb sunflower seeds
2 heads (~6 lb) cabbage
1 jar chili powder
3 lbs frozen broccoli
3.5 lbs frozen spinach
1 head garlic
1 jar cinnamon
4 cans tomatoes
8 cans green beans
2 bags (6 lbs) onions
12 dozen eggs
8 cans tuna
1 box (100 packets) off-brand splenda
1 jar (12 oz) mustard
3 lbs butter
8 oz flax seed
1 can baking powder
2.75 Swai (catfish) nuggets
Here’s what I have left over.
Part of a jar of mayo – probably about a cup or so
Most of the jar of salad dressing
Most of the salt and a little bit of pepper (I should have bought a box of salt and a jar of pepper)
3 lbs raw hamburger
4 cups cooked hamburger
1 cup cooked chicken breast
6 cups chicken broth
Half a cup or so of sunflower seeds
Most of the chili powder
Half a bag of frozen broccoli
5 cans of green beans
A couple of onions
1 can tuna
Most (or maybe all) of the mustard
Almost the whole can of baking powder
8 oz Swai nuggets
Or, to put it more plainly, I bought over 40 pounds of meat (that’s counting one egg as 1 ounce of meat) and over 36 pounds of veggies (counting 1 can of veggies as a pound). Even after backing out what I have left over, that’s over a pound each of meat and veggies per day. Hardly a starvation diet!
Monday, November 25, 2013
Just one more day!
Today was another of those days that don't really fit in the FSC. I worked at the homeless shelter from 6 - 8 this morning, and then we went out to breakfast afterwards. Some errands and some bridge in the morning, then lunch at a restaurant before bridge this afternoon. While there's no way I could afford those meals as part of my food stamps budget (they were social occasions and part of my entertainment budget), I need to account for them somehow. So what I decided to do for these meals and for the other meals I ate at restaurants (4 of them, I think), is to set aside, or count as consumed, the amount of food I would have eaten if I had eaten those meals at home. It's not perfect, because I eat more when I eat out than I do when I eat at home, but it's a reasonable attempt.
Breakfast #1 (5:15 am) - eggs scrambled in butter
Breakfast #2 (8:30 am) - corned beef/onion/cheese omelet, lots of tea with cream and splenda
Lunch - salad bar, a whole pitcher of iced tea, with lots of sweetener
Supper - tomato soup with eggs
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Two more days! I have quite a bit of food left, and almost $13. I was getting concerned about veggies, but I've planned out my food for the next two days and I have actual meals planned, including meat and appropriate veggies.
Breakfast - MIM with butter and splenda
Lunch - pork, chicken skin
Supper - chicken breast, carrots and onions sauteed in butter
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Three more days!
What I miss more than anything else is a cup of tea (preferably with splenda and cream) in the evening. I really really want some tea! As it happens, I could have afforded it, but I've gone this far and I'm not going to have any until it's over. Three more days!
Breakfast - eggs scrambled in the last of the drippings
Lunch - vegetable beef soup
Snacks - dark chocolate from the treat bin at the library
Supper - pork, broccoli, butter
Snacks - carrot, butter
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