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.