Friday, April 26, 2013

Second breakfast

Bonus tofu, you were surprisingly tasty
That 1/8 cup of oatmeal didn't come close to filling me up. I was actively hungry after finishing my meager breakfast. So rather than head to work hungry, I fried up some tofu - about 2 oz - with a tablespoon of oil and a pinch of salt. The tofu, oil and salt cost $0.18. Add to that my $0.17 oatmeal, and breakfast cost $0.35. I wouldn't call myself full, but I'm not as hungry. $1.15 left for snacks and meals the rest of the day.

I understand now why so many people in extreme poverty go without breakfast. I wasn't terribly hungry before I ate my oatmeal. I probably could have made it through a few hours without needing to eat. But once I ate that little bit of grain, my stomach started working and it wanted much more than I had to feed it. I suck at being poor. Being poor sucks.

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  1. I bet planning only goes so far. Is there anyway you can report on the calories for each meal? I would be fascinated to see a comparison between $$s and calories for each meal.

  2. That's a great idea Ian! I'll see what I can come up with and add that to my next post.

  3. You need bananas! At 19 cents each it would help fill you up. Also, I don't know if you eat eggs, but there was a stint in college where I pretty much lived on a fried egg on rice. If you buy regular sized eggs they are rather cheap around 15 cents.


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