Blast from the past: $10/day challenge
A bit over a year ago – Hoboken411 certainly had a little extra time on his hands.
Still a delicious pizza, though!
Last year – many of you may remember this wacky “$10 a day” food challenge I imposed upon myself (for site content – and a New Year’s resolution). I wanted to see if I could survive an entire month only spending $310 for all my food and drink. I survived the challenge – but failed with the documentation on 411 towards the end because keeping track of my every morsel of food was exhausting! It was hard enough running the site back then – and the detailed analysis of every meal (photography, cost, calories) – just took the wind out of me.
But I somehow ran into this old post (which was the first day of the 2008 challenge) – and thought it would be of interest to some of the newer readers – especially with the “economic crisis” many of us might be in.
If can can crack the code on how to handle the enormous amount of data I process each day (read: get better organized and become more responsible) – I may rejuvenate this series once again. Baby steps.
SEE THE WHOLE RECIPE AND COST AFTER THE JUMP…
As you read earlier, I’ve decided to try living off an average of $10 per day in Hoboken for the entire month of January.
Below is my 1/1/2008 experience. Was easier than I thought, and hope I can continue for the next 30 days! My first day of the new year consisted of a Hoboken411 homemade pizza, some free lasagna, water, one vegetable, and I cheated on a cup of coffee (I was trying to limit my caffeine/artificial sweetener intake.)
See the cost, and my great 411 recipe for an excellent personal pizza after the jump!
Day number 1 results
I was a bit tired, hungover and foggy. Woke up late, and was in the lunch mood. See the Hoboken411 special pizza I had right away, and how it’s done.
- Kontos “Pocketless Pitas” – $1.99 per 5-pack ($0.40 per pita) – available at local bodegas
- Trader Joe’s Italian Sausage pasta sauce – $2.99 per jar (about $0.30 per serving)
- Trader Joe’s Quattro Formaggio cheese blend – $4.69 per bag (about $0.47 per pizza)
- Spices – you probably already have at home.
Total cost: $1.17
This pizza is simple to make, and a super treat for your tongue. I like these pies better than any other pizza in Hoboken. Here’s how you do it.
Pick up a pack of these pocketless pitas. They’re awesome. The don’t sell anything like it at TJ’s, and I haven’t checked the local supermarkets, but they sell them at my local bodega.
Next, apply about three tablespoons of the Italian Sausage sauce. It’s a tad on the sweet side, but has exceptional flavor, and tastes very “ripe.”
Evenly apply about 1.2oz of the Quattro Formaggio chesse on the pita. Season as necessary (I added a few sprinkles of oregano leaves I already had.)
Bake at about 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees, and presto! A super delicious pizza! See nutrition facts below.
Total Calories: 350
Sodium: 1040mg (a little high, but worth it!)
I was treated to a nice portion of homemade vegetable lasagna. The cost? Free. The real cost? Two hours of my time and some soreness for helping a great friend move some heavy objects. I was awarded for my genius moving techniques.
Wasn’t really hungry, but wanted something refreshing. What did I do? I had one of the Trader Joe’s organic cucumbers I had in my fridge (no pic.)
Ugh. I was out walking Oscar.. and needed a pick-me-up. So I cheated a bit and went to Dunkin Donuts on 7th and Wash. I ordered an XL Hazelnut coffee, skim plus two Sweet-N-Low’s. Normal cost? $2.30. My cost? $1.06. I used a 99 cent coupon I had from one of those mailers.
I’m well on my way to achieving my $10/day goal with an excellent showing on the first day of the year. See running totals below.
Total spent: $3.88
Monthly total: $3.88
Budget left: $306.12