Trouble With Toast

Eat on $60 – Days 6 and 7 | October 19, 2009

When I woke up on Friday (Day 6 of the challenge), I knew we were going to go over our $60 budget.  The only question that remained was, by how much?  The fridge was definitely bare, but I was about to head out of town AND there was no money left in the till to buy any additional ingredients.  We just had to hunker down and do the best we could.

For breakfast, I ate the leftover McMuffin that was stashed in my work fridge ($1.25), and Jason scarfed his usual energy bar ($1.08).  For lunch, I really put my cholesterol levels in a tizzy and had two hard-boiled eggs ($0.16), two frozen waffles ($0.38), and yogurt ($0.25).  Jason opted for another portion of the leftover sesame noodles ($2.00).  I had a slice of Nutella cake for a snack ($0.79), and Jason ate an apple ($0.41).  For dinner, I ate the last container of the leftover noodles ($2.00).  As for Jason, he headed out of  town after work for a weekend of free college football fun, so there was no more food to count for him.  At the end of the day, my total was $4.83 and Jason’s was $3.49, which brought our overall Friday number to $8.32.  That was the first time we came in under the $8.57 daily budget, but it still brought our week-to-date total to $63.30.  Any pride regarding the accomplishments of the day was short-lived when the budget crossed that sixty dollar line.

On Saturday, I woke up SUPER early to get to the airport, and I was so tired and cranky that I didn’t eat or drink anything until I got to New York (I was visiting my grandmother on Long Island).  Once I picked my grandmother up from her rehab center, we headed straight for the local pizzeria to grab a slice.  Thankfully, granny decided to treat, so I got a break from the number crunching for one meal.  I did pay for dinner for both of us, which consisted of made-at-home roast beef sandwiches and potato chips.  My total grocery bill for that meal was $5.00.  Again, Jason was out of town, tailgating on someone else’s dime, so the grand total for the Eat on $60 challenge was…


I have a lot of thoughts about what we did well, what we could have done better, and what we learned through participating in this endeavor, but I’ll post those ruminations separately, as I think they deserve their own space.  It took a while to process all of the information gleaned from the challenge, but I can tell you, without shame or regret, that I woke up on Sunday, took a brisk jog, and then went to my favorite childhood orchard and bought about ten pounds of fresh, crisp, juicy New York apples to bring back to Atlanta.  There are just times when excess is too delicious and nostalgic to pass up…



  1. Not bad lady, not bad. Thanks for sharing with us. I think this was a great project.

    Comment by Lemmonex — October 19, 2009 @ 2:30 pm

    • Thanks, hon, for listening to me go on and on and on about this challenge. It was definitely a unique experience.

      Comment by bettyjoan — October 19, 2009 @ 9:27 pm

  2. I blogged about our great time last night! It was wonderful meeting you and Jason!

    Comment by Patti — October 19, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

    • Thanks, Patti! It was great to meet y’all, too, and I look forward to puttering around your blog when I have a spare moment.

      Comment by bettyjoan — October 19, 2009 @ 9:27 pm

      • Oh, and Patti, I may very well be retarded, but how the hell can I post a comment on your blog? I am totally not finding the proper button or whatever.

        Comment by bettyjoan — October 21, 2009 @ 9:19 pm

  3. […] to eat and drink on $60 for an entire week, and it was an incredibly eye-opening experience that I hope to try again in the coming year.  Also in October?  I met Kevin Gillespie and discovered […]

    Pingback by 2009 – Full Throttle, Full Circle « Trouble With Toast — December 29, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

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