January 5, 2007

mmmm, ramen

My senior year of high school my government teacher had us create a budget for how much it would cost to live on our own, we even had to go find an apartment and include rental costs. Looking back I will admit it was a valid and noble exercise, encouraging youth to open their eyes to the harsh financial situation that is the “real” world.

But the teacher was a dick and I planned on doing the minimum to get a decent grade.

The most annoying exercise was planning a food budget, mostly because you had to provide actual highlighted receipts, which were presumably taken from your parents. I managed to come up with a food budget that I didn’t have any problems living on, which consisted of 3 meals a day made entirely out of Frosted Shredded Wheat, quesadillas, frozen waffles, and soda; it came up to almost exactly $12/week. I was not stupid enough to actually follow this budget.

However, this guy was. In fact he’s stupider than me, as he went the entire month of November spending $30 dollars on food and writing about it each day. I really enjoy this entry

“I think my body finally caught onto my plans for the month; and it’s not pleased. I fealt like I had weights tied around my ankles and did a lot of staring blankly at my desk today. I think my body is just revolting against the drastic drop in calories. Everything I’ve read says it should ajust in a few more days. I didn’t really read a lot of things though.”

If you’re interested, start here, and scroll down to the bottom to start at day one.

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  1. “Boil up some rice in too much water. About 5 minutes before the rice is done, toss in a handful of frozen vegetables. Once it’s all done cooking, mix in some dry potato flakes until they suck up all the excess water.

    What you’re left with is basically Elmers Paste. You could spakle a wall with it. But it’s filling.”


    Comment by joel — January 5, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

  2. How interesting. Enjoyed reading his experience. I’ve found that pancakes can be very cheap and can help getting through the last few days of the month.

    Comment by Guess who — January 8, 2007 @ 9:07 am

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