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Budget - Eating like a Chowhound on $3 a day … well, $3.35 … actually $2.85

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Budget - Eating like a Chowhound on $3 a day … well, $3.35 … actually $2.85

rworange | Aug 8, 2007 10:04 AM

I almost made it even shopping one week at the ‘pricy’ SF Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. My budget for 31 days was $93. I spent 103.85 … 10.85 over … $3.35 a day

However, I have 5 days worth of food left. So subtract $15 from the 103.85 and the final total was 88.85 … $2.85 a day

Had I eliminated the ‘luxury’ items … $3.98 of wine, $1.49 bar of organic chocolate and $5 of heirloom beans … I would have stayed within the budget for the month of July and subtracting the $15 of leftover food would have given me an actual total of 78.38.

Leftovers:
- 1 chicken breast
- 7 eggs
- 1 cup of dry beans
- 2/3 8 oz bottle of honey
- 1/2 18 oz bottle of mayo
- 2 servings of fish chowder
- 4 cups fish stock
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 2 apples
- raisins
- 1 1/2 sticks butter
- red & white wine
- about 1 cup oatmeal
- fresh ginger
- bits of this and that … a little milk, rice, pasta, a slice of bread.

I had three free meals eating samples at farmers markets. Two were breakfasts, so that would have used up most of the oatmeal. The other was lunch, so that probably would have been the fish chowder or an egg and an apple.

I’ll post meals for the final 10 days after I finish dinner tonight. There were some really cool menus because most of the food was from the Ferry Plaza Farmers market.

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