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Day 4 – 9/4/15
Happy Labor Day Weekend!
As everyone looked forward to the long weekend this week, I became increasingly nervous as the Labor Day holiday approached. Why? I was visiting home, and I wasn’t sure how my family would react to my Mini-Budget Challenge. As the donations came in, I was inspired to keep as true to the challenge as possible, which means I wouldn’t allow myself the luxury of free dinners with the family. (See the rules here)
The way I saw it, I had 2 options:
Option 1: Fabricate vacation plans as an excuses not to come home. If I don’t go home, I won’t have to tell my family about the Challenge, right? I can send my parents Photoshopped pictures of me on the beach as I munch on my cabbage and rice lunch in front of the computer. The downside is that I will have to make up vacation plans for every weekend in September, which is suspicious as I am not usually that popular.
Option 2: Come clean about the project. Which is strange that I described it as “coming clean.” I’m not doing anything wrong, but I feel immensely guilty about disappointing my loving grandparents, who show their love for their grandchildren via loads of home-cooking.
For my long-term sanity, I chose Option 2. To my surprise, my family took the news extremely well! My grandma was sad to hear I won’t be eating her food, but my grandpa was really excited about the potential outcomes of the project. In their younger days, my grandparents had to scrape by a living on an even tinier budget than mine (pretty sure they literally lived through famines). They are really proud of me for pushing through this challenge, and I am so, so, happy to have my family’s support.
“The newspapers should write about this!” said grandpa, who was amazed that I managed to squeeze in three meals a day with protein AND fruit.
Yeah, okay Grandpa. Hopefully they will, but for now, I have next week’s menu to plan.
Chawanmushi with rice – $0.32 (1 egg only)
Braised Cabbage with rice– $0.28
Banana – $0.19
Chicken, potatoes, onions with rice ~$0.60
2 Pinkberry samples – Free 🙂
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Donation Total: $165