$10 a day challenge: 6,7 of 31
Despite the annoyances, I intend on finishing this challenge.
Some of the things I’ve realized in the first week so far:
- Keeping track of each drop and morsel consumed is a pain in the neck.
- Caffeine is a hard addiction to break
- Not drinking alcohol makes this a bit easier
- There will be waste & spoilage with bulk purchases (calculated later)
- It can be done healthier (with more effort)
So what happened in the past two days? Yep, I was on the receiving end of some freebies, but that’s the way the chips fall. What are the odds on 411’s heart attack now?
See the painful details after the break.
Here the total for past two days: $14.31
I’ll summarize my awful diet (my schedule has been mucked up)
Sunday & Monday:
- Free whole blimpie grilled chicken sub (friends turn to buy during Sunday Football)
- 1/2 burger left over from freebie at Hudson Tavern Saturday night
- 1 oz peanuts (Trader Joe’s)
- (13) 18oz Toddy coffees (D&D Hazelnut + skim + 1 sweet n low)
- (40) grape tomatoes (Trader Joe’s)
- (1) Indian Garlic Nan Bread (Trader Joe’s – Very good!)
- (1) Homemade Hoboken411 pocketless pita pizza (see day 1 for more on that)
- (2) Thomas’ fiber muffins (1 was thrown out – see picture below)
- (2) XL D&D Hazelnut coffees (this morning after midnight – ran out of coffee at home.. brewing new batch of TJ’s Breakfast Blend.. ready tomorrow)
I didn’t bother calculating Nutrition Facts. I think I’ll save that for the meals I concoct out of various products.
Here’s some photo commentary:
Thomas’ Light muffins suck!
These friggin things annoy the crap out of me. They’re “fork split” but they crumble to pieces if you try to separate them. You need to slice open with knife, thus ruining the “nooks and crannies.” I got so fed up when it dissolved in my hand that I rolled into a ball and whipped it at the window at 80mph. Never again. I’ll stick with regular muffins or fiber toast. To hell with these.
Hudson Tavern Burger – Tasty!
The burger was hefty. Too much to finish in one sitting. I’d recommend this burger with no additional toppings (bacon, cheese) because of the size. A bit too much to handle.. plain ‘ole meat on bun. Delish!
Nan bread – a winner!
This bag of (4) garlic Nan breads from Trader Joe’s is fabulous for a carb-fix. Fluffy and flavorful. Cost per piece is around $0.55. Recommended.
Dunkin Donuts folks are generous
I was having a major caffeine crunch this morning (at around midnight..) bought both an XL iced coffee and hot coffee. I almost bought a “Box of Joe” ($13.90) but stuck to just 2 large cups. The girl at the 7th St. store was nice and gave me a donut and a munchkin at no charge. Hundreds of processed calories for free. Great!
It’s amazing I’ve made it this far in life with no cavities. My dentist rocks! (He’s not in Hoboken)
Portioning your food makes sense
I decided (for purposes of calculating the cost of what I consumed) to portion some of the bulk items I bought. In this example, I took 16oz of dry roasted Trader Joe’s peanuts and put them in 16 individual servings. Not sure if I felt like a drug dealer, or a single dad prepping school lunches for my kids. Either way, the bags will get re-used for future salty nuts.
Portioning also helps curtail the amount eaten. I’d probably eat half the bag if I had free reign.
Day #6 & 7:
Total Spent: $14.31
Monthly Total: $36.97
Budget Left: $273.03