Money spent: $4.75
Under budget: barely
So what happens when you try to eat only things that cost less than $5 all day long is that you get very, very hungry by the time you eat dinner at 9:30pm. My pride swelled when I made it through the day with only a yogurt for breakfast ($0, from my fridge), a slice of pizza with broccoli for lunch ($3.50, worth the extra dollar for nutrients… maybe?), and a bag of Cheez-Its (85 cents) for a late afternoon snack. For a girl who polishes off a Chipotle burrito with all toppings and still has room for guac and chips, this was the equivalent of fasting. Anticipating hungry during my evening class at General Assembly, I splurged and bought a banana for 40 cents, which I didn’t eat until my stomach was growling in the truest sense of the word.
My initial plan post class was to go to the gym after class as usual, then make dinner when I got home around 10:30 or 11. The problem with this plan was that I was so hungry by the time class ended at 8:30 that the concept of running on a treadmill wasn’t even making sense to me as a thing that people do ever in life. I hopped on the 4 and headed home straightaway! for a meal of couscous, carefully portioned, and lentil soup from the cabinet. After trying to trick myself into feeling satisfied by indulging in some Roy and Jess Gilmore Girls love affair action, I used the wb.com commercial break to scoop up some PB with some carrot sticks I found. Then I used the next commercial break to bring the entire pot of couscous into my bed with me and finish the entire thing. So that’s good.
Day #1 lessons learned: When on an extreme food budget, buy the most filling things you can at as close to $1 a pop as possible.