|photo by Heather Kennedy,|
On the way home, I did stop and pick up a snack. Wait, wasn't I out of money? Yes BUT this was a freebie. I debated about this for a while. I get lots of freebies (coupons, discounted pizzas, etc) from my work. I don't plan on using these during this challenge because they are not available to the public. This freebie was available to anyone on the Kroger website- simply download it to your Kroger Plus card. This week, they had a 5 pack of "Breakfast on the Go" FOR FREE! 5 packages of nut/granola, and berries (over $3) so I supplemented my stash with this. If I was really dependent on SNAP, I would take advantage of every freebie/coupon I could. I do anyhow.
Today I ate pretty well.
Emerald Breakfast on the Go pack FREE 180 calories
1 banana 22 cents 105 calories
16 ounces skim milk 36 cents 180 calories
1 serving turkey (3 slices) 74 cents 60 calories
4 slices of bread 24 cents 280 calories
Miracle Whip n/a 60 calories
2 servings veggie mix 65 cents 120 calories
1/2 cup cooked white beans 16 cents 120 calories
2 baked potatoes 76 cents 550 calories
lots of margarine n/a who knows
Total $3.13 1655 calories
I have brought a bag of nut mix and 2 servings of toasted oats cereal to work (400 calories, 24 cents) so I will have consumed 2065 calories for a cost of $3.37 by tomorrow morning.
Lessons learned today. Always shop at the lowest price supermarket and sign up for their club card! Krogers is running a promo on their website where they give away free stuff every Friday. You download a coupon to your Kroger Plus card and have 2 weeks to redeem. Last week it was Breakfast on the Go! nut packs. A few weeks ago it was toothpaste. Sometimes it's great- other times- meh. But beggars can't be choosers (and yes, I did go and get 1 free tube of toothpaste on the way home from work).
I am getting a bit weary of potatoes. They are a cheap, healthy source of calories but... So I prepared beans in the crockpot and tomorrow I will make the box of pasta for the weekend. So far, I am feeling pretty good about this. But it does require more diligence and discipline (preparing meals- not grabbing on the go). I am very thankful to live in a country where basic foodstuffs are abundant and low cost- even cheap.