Today is Day Five
of the SNAP/Food Stamp Challenge
and I have reached that inevitable point where the challenge is kind of a hassle and I long for a day of getting to write about something, anything
other than food! (At least this year’s challenge is just for seven days, instead of 2010
when the challenges lasted for entire months.)
But that’s okay. Why? Because having to stretch food dollars is not a lot of fun, and the reality of an actual food stamp budget is a huge bummer. Not that I would normally be filling my shopping cart with filet mignon and swordfish, but the mentality of “Oh no, how much do I have left for the week?!” is not a restful place to be. (By the way, that dollar amount is $40.12Â to last us through Sunday.)
I worked all day yesterday, which means I was gone from 6:30 A.M. – 8:30 P.M. I ended up leaving work on the late side, as my patient delivered her baby at 7:11 P.M., right at change of shift. I was happy that I was able to be there for her birth, but those change of shift deliveries make it impossible to leave work on time. By the time I did get home, my husband was already asleep, (he starts work at 3:00 A.M.!) and the remains of dinner were sitting on the dining room table. Teriyaki chicken, rice and a soggy green salad. I inhaled it cold and at rocket speed, and then found a New Season’s Market
receipt in the kitchen.
Here’s what my husband bought:
- Rice vinegar — $2.79
- 2 Luna Bars — $1.98
- Lettuce — $1.99
- Organic bananas @ 89Â¢/lb — $2.68
- Gallon of milk from grass-fed/hormone-free cows — $2.69
- 4-pack of kaiser rolls — $3.79
Total = $15.87
Would I have bought the same items? No. We have mature lettuce in the garden, vinegar is much cheaper from an Asian grocery store, I hate the expense of Luna bars and the kaiser rolls were simply too pricey. However, I was happy to have food in the house, and happy that my husband was A) buying ingredients for homemade salad dressing, B) didn’t make any impulse purchases and C) made dinner!
The Luna bars made their way into the kids’ school lunches today, as did the kaiser roll; so with the exception of the lettuce, everything was a necessary purchase.
Here’s how much we’ve spent so far:
- Day One â€” $0
- Day Two â€” $15.66
- Day Three â€” $6.77
- Day Four — $41.48
- Day Five — $15.87
Total for week –Â $79.88
Dinner tonight will be the red lentil soup that’s been sitting in the fridge for a couple of days, a green salad and maybe some kind of homemade rolls. I am dead-dog tired today and needing an extra cup or two of caffeinated beverage. (Where did my physical stamina go?!) I do have a fully-punched coffee card from Grand Central Bakery,
and if they have a Tweets for Treats
deal for today, I will most definitely be bringing my laptop in for a writing session. (I am only a blogger for The Huffington Post,
if I actually write something for them now and then!)
How goes your week, have any great insights to share? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
ClickÂ HEREÂ to read Day One.
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ClickÂ HEREÂ to read Day Three.
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