Some days I feel like this is getting easier; we know the routine and we have an idea about how much our meals cost. Other days it feels harder; there is not much variety and I rarely feel full (but thanks to the person who posted the tip about freezing homemade bread, I am enjoying my PB&J again) .
Other than work related events and other obligations, we have not ventured out much during this experiment. We have had no need for grocery shopping; we are not eating out; any where we might go with people is likely to involve food. So we have just been spending time with each other.
Tonight we treated ourselves to a movie. It was $20 for our two tickets. I usually groan about the cost of movie tickets, but I don’t dwell on it. However, this time I thought about the fact that we have spent less money than that on meals in the past 19 days. As I listened to people unwrap candy bars, slurp sodas, and crunch popcorn, I couldn’t help but think about how much everything costs. Not only that, but we pay it without much thought. (As I was writing the sentence about candy bars I just realized that I have not had chocolate for 19 days either…. how has that managed to escape my mind?)
It is about $4.75 for a large popcorn (we could make the same amount at home for about $0.24), a soda is about $3.75 (if I remember correctly from my days working at a movie theater, the syrup and carbonated water cost approximately $0.19 per large). That is pretty expensive. Of course, no one has to go to the movies or buy concessions if they do go. I realize that if we were truly in a situation where we had to eat on only a dollar a day, we probably would have stayed home tonight.
We did get a discount of one dollar. We smiled at each other as Christopher pointed out that this was a full day’s worth of food.
Breakfast: Oatmeal – $0.05 (less than a cup cooked)
Lunch: 1/2 Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich – $0.16, 1/2 an Orange – $0.09
Snack: 1 peanut butter cookie – $0.06 (Christopher only)
Dinner: Homemade Wheat Gluten Steaks – $0.20, spanish rice – $0.11, Fried potatoes – $0.15 (one potato each – $0.10, Oil to fry them in – $0.04)
Dessert: 2 peanut butter cookie – $0.12
Christopher Total: $0.94
Kerri Total: $0.88
Donation Total: $652
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