Day 2 - What Can You Eat For A Buck?

The short answer is starch. Yesterday I made my first trip to the grocery store. Remember, I didn’t do any real research before beginning this, so I wasn’t real sure what to expect.

The first two obvious purchases were rice and ramen. Both are ridiculously cheap. Neither are particularly tasty. I was please to find some off brand peanut butter and jelly for just over $1 each. I figured that if I paired that with a $1 loaf of bread, I could have some cheap sandwiches. All said and done, a PB&J costs about $.35 to make; maybe a little less if you go light on the peanut butter.

I also got some noodles and sauce for spaghetti, which will be a familiar cheap meal.

One of the things that occurred to me when I got home was that I didn’t have anything to mix with the rice. Plain white rice is of course, the most bland meal on the planet with the exception of ice cubes. I’ll have find something that�s cheap and flavorful to mix with it.

Grand total, I spent $8.23 on this trip to the store. I figure that in a pinch, there’s enough food there to live for 2 weeks or so. I’m sure I’ll have to augment it with some spices or something, so I’ll be hitting my $1 a day average almost exactly on the head.


Blogger lightningwhale said...

brown rice would have been a better investment and bottle of soya sauce! more healthy than white and FLAVOUR!

5:10 AM  
Blogger Redzilla said...

And that's why poor people are fat--the cheapest foods are the most fattening.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Honey Bunny said...

you should duck into a chinese place and grab the soy sauce/hot sauce/duck sauce packets. free AND great to mix with the rice :)

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should have used the peanut butter with the noodles.

Peanut butter is used as a cooking sauce in China with our food.

Works pretty well.

Lawrence /

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dry beans are also really cheap and a lot more nutritious than ramen.

As far as seasoning, this will take a little bit of condiment bar theft, but you can make a semi decent peanut sauce with equal parts peanut butter and water (mix till smooth), then add soy sauce (Chinese take out place), hot sauce (you can pretty easily get a whole bottle of Tabasco from Chipotle), honey (Starbucks' sugar bar has packets), and a little garlic, if you can squeeze that into the budget.

6:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would also advocate using only half of the sauce pack for the ramens and mix the other half with rice. Thats how I got thru school.

10:06 PM  
Blogger the Prince of Thrift said...

cinniman (did I spell that correctly?) and sugar is my favorite seasoning for rice.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Redzilla said...

And that's why poor people are fat--the cheapest foods are the most fattening.

Quick question. What the hell are you talking about? Grains aren't fattening, they're low density calories (which is a problem when you're trying to eat cheap) with little nutrition.

Living off grains and other starchy foods won't make you fat, it'll make you terribly thin. Look at Asia, poorer citizens usually eat rice, and pretty much only rice, and eat over 5 liters of it a day, and they're still very underweight.

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Blogger Mommy2aSweety said...

HOW IN THE EFF was the p.nut butter jar, jelly jar, and can of spaghetti sauce under a dollar?!?!?

Where do u live? I need to move there ASAP!!! A can of spaghetti sauce here, the cheapest is 1.50!!!!

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