Sunday, February 14, 2010

Day 1, part 1

So here I am. First day of my $365 year. I haven't spent anything yet, but I feel it's important to warn people, I do already have some food in the house. This food doesn't come out of my total. I've never, ever been totally without food. I freak out when my stash gets under a couple weeks worth. Heck, I only have a couple days worth now, and not even that- I have no "protein" to add to my food. I'll use this stuff just like I would normally, though most of it I won't be replacing (pasta @ $1.15/lb!??!).

I'll list it so no one can say later that I cheated.
  • 1lb box rotini
  • 1 (+ a bit) jar Barilla pasta sauce
  • about a pint of (cheap, store brand) olive oil
  • most of a pint of (cheap) balsamic vinegar
  • half a white onion
  • small head of fresh garlic
  • small shaker of granulated garlic
  • 3/4th of a quart of silk creamer
  • about 50 chai teabags
  • 1/3 package of vanilla double stuffed oreos
  • 6 or 7 green onions
  • large package "shanghai tips" which look like really tiny baby bok choy, but taste different, I think. These are going off fast, so I need to use them or freeze them, or something.
  • 8? slices of "vegetarian ham slice" from the H&L Asian Market
  • 3/4 package noodles, from H&L
  • Bottle (almost full) soy sauce
  • Most of a ($4) pint of coconut milk vanilla bean ice cream. Yum.
Ok, I think that's it. There are still 3 cans of beans at my mom's place, but I have no way to get there, and I might as well just let her have them, no?


  1. What if we would like to donate a can or two of food to you? Too bad you can't splurge on a PO Box. I'm sure your loyal readers will be kind enough to send things. I would. :] Especially now that this blog has received some media attention via an article.

  2. I think it's great if people might want to send things, but I bet there are people closer to you who have less support and could use it more. I live near my family, who are hugely supportive of what I'm trying to do- get control of my finances- even if they don't always agree with how i'm doing it. So there is no chance of me starving. That is an amazing thought though.