Table of Contents:

9/21/15 – Day 21

9/20/15 – Day 20

9/19/15 – Day 19

9/18/15 – Day 18

9/17/15 – Day 17

9/16/15 – Day 16

9/15/15 – Day 15

9/14/15 – Day 14


Day 13 – 9/13/15

To switch things up a bit today, I swapped my usual congee breakfast and chow mian dinner. It’s Sunday, so I can get away with having a slightly later and greasier breakfast. And congee works just as well for dinner as it does for breakfast. With the switch up, it’s almost like having more variety in my diet!

On another note, I am still in the quest to create a portable snack that can be eaten at room temperature. Garlic fried rice is awesome, but it tastes so much better after a quick zap in the microwave, which you don’t always have access to when you are out and about. Garlic fried rice is crazy simple to make, and I already have all the ingredients on hand since I bought rice and garlic in bulk at the beginning of the month. So garlic fried rice is pretty much a freebie contained within my $50/mo budget and certainly a welcome addition to my weekly repertoire.

On another note, I found a $1.59 28 oz. of crushed unsalted tomatoes at Trader Joe’s. Previously, the best price I found for the same canned tomatoes was $2.49 at my neighborhood supermarket. This frees up $0.90 for me to use on other foods! Does this mean I can now afford CILANTRO?!! I’m also a little depressed about how insanely I am to find 90 cents. Have you been so happy to find 90 cents recently? Or ever?

I realize that this update leaves many unanswered questions: “What is she going to cook with the can of tomatoes?” “Will she be able to afford cilantro?” “Have I ever been so happy to find 90 cents?” You’ll have to stay tuned to find out more!

For now, I leave you with my garlic fried rice recipe.

Easy-peasy Garlic Fried Rice


  • 1/2 head of garlic (7-8 cloves, minced)
  • 6 cups cooked rice
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 egg (optional)


  • Cook rice, multi-task as the rice cooks
  • Peel and mince garlic
  • Heat oil in a pan, add garlic and fry on medium heat
  • Add the cooked rice to the pan, turn heat to high  and stir-fry
  • Add soy sauce and continue to stir-fry
  • Add an egg if you are feeling luxurious
  • Cook until rice is separated and the grains glistening, and the egg is set
  • Enjoy!

Foodily yours,

East Coast

Daily Meals/Costs:

Congee (皮蛋粥) – $0.28

Fried potato strings with garlic fried rice– $0.34

Banana – $0.19

Chow Mian ~$0.71

2 Trader Joe’s samples – Free

2 Pinkberry samples – Free

Total: $1.52

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