Shopping list for today after working out what is in the price range and mostly what is out!
|ITEM||HOW USED||PRICE BREAKDOWN (in lb which means pound kiddies, ie 500g)||
|Vanilla corn starch||Add to oats||Splitover 4 days||
|2 X cool aid water flavours||Add to water – to drink more||10c each makes a gallon||
|Taco Seasoning||Add rice, pasta, beans, etc||50g – split 2 days||
|Instant ramen noodles||Might eat raw as snack||Split 2 days||
|Whole corn kernels||To boil and eat while riding||56c/lb .5lb – 2 days||
|Onion soup mix||For watery soups with rice, pasta, etc||$2.92/lb .3lb – 5-7 days worth||
|1 X pear||Bit battered but cheap||48c/lb – half for 2 days||
|Bran||Keep me regular with all the starch & carbs||39c/lb tablespoon – 4 days||
|Oats||The key to kick off the day||65c/lb – 2 big days of oats||
|Split green peas||Some protein in soups, snacks, anywhere||65c/lb – easy 2 days||
|Red beans||Plenty of energy!||$1.13/lb – 2/3 days||
The trick with this is that it does not necessarily represent 2 and a bit days as things like the cool aid, corn starch and soup mix will do me more than 2 days and I will supplement a few grains of rice or pasta into the mix maybe or a potato.
The best thing was I also had to buy some deodorant as I will be very smelly from sweating and cycling long distances. The price of my deodorant was two days of food budget – $3 so the next time you see someone living in extreme poverty who might be a little smelly cut them some slack eh…!
It will get easier buying food as I will have small amounts left over and can add little things in as I get budget.
On the possible future shopping list are things like:
|Bananas / pears||48c/lb||Corn meal||57c/lb|
|Onions / celery / cabbage / carrot||48c/lb||Polenta||78c/lb|
|Tin veg||65c each||Chick peas||$1.17/lb|
|Soy beans||82c/lb||Tin beans||60c each|
|Cracked wheat||41c/lb||Pkt turkey gravy||28c|
|Pearl barley||56c/lb||Big can pasta sauce||88c|
|Millet||62c/lb||Can refried beans||70c|
Other items I can see that might come onto the list are – stock cubes, seasonal veg and fruit, oil, homemade bread and a spice here or there.
I think the big lesson from today’s shopping experience is that I think I will have just enough in quantity but the selection for my food will be ONLY the above list and not a chance for anything else outside of this!
The other lesson learnt is to be mentally tough enough to refuse the barrage of offers of food or ignoring those leftover hot chips or riding pass the smells of bakeries, cafes and restaurants…
I definitely know I am going to enjoy the experience however and get some powerful insights!
Happy Easter and hope you had a good one!