Table of Contents:

9/22/15 – Day 22

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

9/13/15 – Day 13

9/12/15 – Day 12

9/11/15 – Day 11

9/10/15 – Day 10

9/9/15 – Day 9

9/8/15 – Day 8

9/7/15 – Day 7

9/6/15 – Day 6


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!

Daily Meals/Costs:

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

Total: $1.64

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