Well it’s official, I’m broke. A series of unfortunate events have conspired to send me into financial ruin–for the time being anyway. So instead of pouting over my pickle, I decided to turn it into relish, and learn along the way. My challenge is to see how well I can feed myself and my kids (not necessarily in that order) for a week on $66. Why that random amount? Because that’s what I spent at the grocery store, when with all my might I was trying to stick to $50. Nonetheless, this is still a fourth of what I would typically spend for a week. So follow my week along route 66.
Day 1: Shopping–Things go wrong right off the bat, when I’m met with a bag of beautiful fresh cherries, the first of the season, for $4.99. I succumb. Then a plump, soft avocado for $2.69 for spreading on toast. I do however opt for the 8 pound bag of russets for $3.49 instead of the 3 pound bag of Yukons for $4.99. Next 2 La Brea fresh baguettes for the price of one. But for the kids, a bag of store brand white sandwich bread, which of course they love. For 2 weeks, they’re free of artisan bread made with yeast spores from the fresh San Francisco breeze. Next a few cans of new sparkling blueberry cranberry juice, which will make a nice substitute for Coke, which Sam begs for. Chicken leg quarters–check, salmon for $17.99 /pound, nope–wait for sale. Gallon of milk, absolutely. Motts applesauce–healthy snack for Sam. Large box of Cheez-its, cheaper than the smaller one. Chobani Greek yogurt for lunch at work, waffles for kids snack, but this time I get house brand. Club soda and OJ concentrate (instead of Tropicana Fresh). 38 ounce bag of popcorn for $1.47 which will pop up the old-fashioned way for a year’s worth of snacking. Eggs, check. No fancy designer ones, but the plain brown ones for $1.47. Simply Lemonade, yes, because we love it and it’s hot as hell already in June.
Fortunately I have a fridge full of beer, leftover from a party over Memorial day weekend. And a good stash of cheese. And of course a kitchen full of all sorts of pantry staples.