Day 30 – 9/30/15

It’s going to take me a few full days to sum up my experience over the course of this month, but I DID IT! I feel like Reese Witherspoon at the end of Legally Blonde, #winning against all odds. I actually managed to feed myself on $50 for the entire month in Manhattan! Here is a list of thank yous, the Tonight Show style.

Thank you to the supermarkets, restaurants, and chocolate shops that offered free samples.

Thank you to the fast-casual restaurants that offered freebies for downloading their app.

Thank you to my family and friends who were super supportive through this entire process.

Thanks you to coffee and tea for keeping my energy up.

Thank you, most of all, to everyone who has donated to our fundraiser. We raised $800 to date! 

Some Q&As:

Q: What happens now?

This weekend and the upcoming weeks will be full of recipe writing, recipe testing, and food photography. I’ll also write a more comprehensive summary of the Mini Budget in Manhattan challenge. It won’t be radio silence from me!

Q: What are you going to eat as your first “normal” meal back?

Honestly, I don’t think my diet will change so drastically. I have gotten used to bringing lunch to work, and my bank account has enjoyed a healthy growth from cooking so much. Breakfast tomorrow will probably be fried eggs. However, I AM planning on going to an AYCE hotpot tomorrow night 😀 😀 😀

Q: Will there be more budget recipes?

Yes, the (no-longer Bicoastal) Cooks are working diligently to create a recipe book with tons of delicious, nutritious, ultra-low budget recipes. Stay tuned!

Daily Meals/Costs:

Congee (皮蛋粥) – $0.28

Cabbage garlic braise with rice – $0.28

Coke Chicken over rice – $0.51

Total: $1.07

If you think what we are doing is interesting, impactful, or maybe kind of insane, please consider donating to our efforts here. 100% of the proceeds will go towards Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, a non-profit that works to eliminate food waste and redirect food waste into solving urban hunger.

Donation Total: $800