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Day 256: What does $5 look like to you?

Tonight I will totes be thinking, "Please sir, can I have some more?"
But I won't ask. But I will almost 100% be thinking it.
I wonder if there are recipes online for gruel? What's in gruel, anyway?

So, I'm going to go and pick up my food bank food in like half an hour. All of the participants were thrown a little off our games when we got some last-minute instruction that says our 5 pantry items cannot be anything edible on its own - so no beans, lentils, rice, or peanut butter. On the upside, salt & pepper counts as one item!

Anyway. I am not going to commit to my 5 pantry items until I see what I get in my basket. However, I have spent the $5 I'm allowed to spent to supplement my food today, on groceries.

And for $4.90 (yessss! Under budget!!), I got:

6 large eggs, 500mL milk, 125g of butter
 It was a little weird to go into the grocery store, a place that I tend to wander around for ages and ages and buy lots of yummy stuff, with such a small shopping list and such a precise budget. Do you know what they had in the egg section, just above the cheap 1/2 dozen eggs? Special liquid egg you can use to make cinnamon toast with! Any other shopping trip and I totes would have bought that.

As a celebratory gesture and kind of a last-meal sort of thing, I picked up a pumpkin spice latte on my way home. (*Note: when I used to work across the street from a Starbucks, I waited all year for pumpkin spice latte season to come around. SO GOOD! OH MY).

Anyway, so for $4.99 I got this:

If you're going on a per-use basis, I paid $4.99 for about 5 minutes of pumpkin spice deliciousness. This makes me feel full for about 20 minutes.

And I paid $4.90 for milk (2%, which means I can water it down and use it for longer), butter, and 6 eggs. These components can make at least 3 or 4 meals for me, which will feed me for a few days.

** I know that The Rules state I'm not supposed to get Starbucks anymore, but come on. Pumpkin spice latte season! My last meal before the food basket challenge! These are extenuating circumstances and I hope you all understand.


The Reluctant Retiree said...

I was so impressed when I found out about your "food bank challenge". Good on you! Apparently, you are now a celebrity.

You'll have to post recipes.

Anonymous said...

Yes, on the radio today I heard them say that "local celebrities" would be participating in the challenge! That means YOU are a local celebrity. Too bad the locale wasn't LA, but hey, not too shabby all the same.

Niki said...

I am really excited for you about this challenge. Good luck!

~Carla~ said...

I'm interested in seeing what you get in your basket! When do you get it?

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