$10 a day challenge: 8, 9, 10 of 31


Sleep schedule all messed up. Diet messed up even worse. Carb overload! Call the Fiber & Vegetable Police please! Not gaining weight (actually losing!) Wallet is happy. Cut back on the caffeine a bit. Eating at odd hours (who eats at 4:30am?)

It’s getting painfully boring (for me AND you) to read (and write) about the wacky Hoboken411 plan to eat on the cheap. I’ll keep it simple today and show a few photos or good product deals. Also, see how I managed my first night at a bar (dart league) without drinking any booze. After the Jump.

Next update in a week or so. Or if you’re lucky, I’ll wait till the end of the month (if I survive) to recap this nonsensical idea to document each piece of crap I eat. 20/20. Hindsight. Remember that.



Days 8-10 felt like one day. I cannot believe it’s Friday already.

Tuesday was pretty standard, still living off the Trader Joe’s stuff I stocked up on. Coffee consumption down a bit, but my real test was at Nag’s Head playing the first dart match since the holiday break.

I bought a Poland Spring water (1L) which I consumed quickly and had re-filled at the bar twice. Craving flavor, Barney was nice enough to make me a cup of Celestial Seasonings Cranberry Apple Zinger tea. Very refreshing, and helped a lot. They also donated a clementine orange to me too! Thanks, guys!


Wednesday was another boring day. I’ve been eating at least one Hoboken411 special pizza a day, except now I’m using multi-grain pitas instead. One-notch healthier than the regular style. Actually tastes better too. You know the end of the world is near when I say I’m getting bored with pizza. This was the one food I would have picked if I was stranded on an island for the rest of my life. Now I have second thoughts about that. DAMNIT!

Wednesday ended with 5:00am Jimmy Dean low-fat egg-white/swiss/black forest ham muffin (Target $1.50 apiece.) I also made a 1/4 bag of shredded hash browns (Target $0.42 per quarter bag.) Looked like something you’d get at a diner! Good job, 411!


Yesterday sucked. More stupid pizzas (I’m beginning to hate you, Pizza!) coffees, some chicken fingers, but I had a good bowl of Trader Joe’s Chimichurri rice w/ vegetables late in the evening (that’s the pic in the intro.) Pretty damn good & flavorful! A bit high in sodium. $2.99 per bag. I had 1/2 a bag = $1.50.

Add some other miscellaneous stuff, and here’s my total for the three days: $16.94

Monthly Total: $53.91
Budget Left: $256.09

I’m convinced I can eat economically. This keeping track and snapping photos of each embarrassingly horrible meal I eat is wearing me out. Would anyone give a crap if I stopped publishing each meager detail? I may just reserve the right to publish certain photos or good finds from time to time.. but I am certainly committed to at least finish the month within budget, and will be sure to track that at the very least.

Can anyone suggest a more exciting monthly challenge for 2008? (something safe to publish please.)

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Saturday, January 12, 2008 12:13 pm

I like those jimmy dean low fat wanna be mcmuffins. they are perfect for breakfast on the go.

Saturday, January 12, 2008 7:29 am

Stop badmouthing pizza.

Friday, January 11, 2008 11:36 pm

A picture a day of a dog whose owner you observed picking up its poop? (That’s got to be worth at least a picture if passing the bar is worth 2 pictures and 5 paragraphs.)

Buy a box of rubber gloves and pick up 10 pieces of litter a day that aren’t on the property where you live?

1/2 hour a day meditation or yoga?

Hand write a snail mail letter each day to a friend or relative, the more elderly the better?

Anyone? Bueller?

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