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Day 5 – 9/5/15
Today is the first day that I’ve felt drained from the challenge…maybe it’s due to the lack of caffeine? I spent a lot of time out and about on my feet today, and whereas I usually eat dinner around 7:30pm or 8pm, I didn’t get to eat dinner until midnight today. Ouch.
Aside from bananas, there aren’t many easily portable foods/snacks built into our mini-budget menu. As I learned today, a lone banana isn’t enough to tide me over from noon to midnight. Now that I think of it, portable foods aren’t really cheap. I thought about getting a Kind bar today, but those cost up to $2-$3 dollars at a bodega. Even at its cheapest, it is still $1.50 at Trader Joe’s, which means Kind bars (or any other portable bar, really) are completely not affordable for me and my mini-budget.
Next up, I will try to create another portable/semi-portable snack, which is difficult, because every penny really does have its place when we are working with such a tiny budget. Maybe some garlic fried rice? If I can make this work, I’ll be sure to add it to the collection of recipes. Many people who need to work with a tiny budget probably live in similar circumstances, where they juggle multiple jobs and shuffle through long commutes, and portability of food is likely to be a top consideration besides the cost of food.
On a different note, I’m currently craving popcorn chicken and bubble tea. Only 25 more days to go until I can indulge!
Chawanmushi with rice – $0.57
Braise Cabbage with rice– $0.28
Banana – $0.19
Chicken, potatoes, onions with rice ~$0.60
More Trader Joe’s free samples than I’m willing to admit to… – Free
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