Day 10 in Self-Imposed Poverty Concludes

I just went shopping for food for the first time in several weeks.

When I say shopping, I mean, spent more than ~ $3.

It felt so good to be able to plan GOOD meals with scrumptious stuff, and not just buy the least amount of food to not starve.
Even in as little time as 10 days, I started getting conditioned.

Tonight, for instance, I walked through the cheese section at Whole Foods and looked at $12 cheddars from Scotland.  It felt perverse, actually, to even think of spending that kind of money after eating lentils and skipping meals.


Day 9 in Self-Imposed Poverty

So the weekend wasn’t nearly as painful as I had hoped.

My plan was to stay in and kind of get others to join me eating lentils and avoiding cover charges.
But my challenge didn’t appear attractive and on Saturday and Sunday night I ended up on a barstool with someone buying me drinks, which just made me feel like a mooch.

So I left off the story when I had $10.

But then Monday came about and I was starving so I bought a $5.50 burrito for breakfast.

$4.50 left.

This morning I ate oatmeal at work and then spent $3.00 for lunch on a piece of pizza.

$1.50.  Not enough to buy another meal.

So I raided my food cabinet and found a can of soybeans and cooked them in stewed tomatoes.  It didn’t look like a lot of food, so I found some stale tortilla chips (too old to eat) and put them in the pot thinking I’d get free calories out of them.

Tomorrow is my last day in self-imposed poverty.  I think I can get through with my left-overs, by eating some more oatmeal at work, and maybe buying a bagel or something.

Day 5 in Self-Imposed Poverty

So last night I went out to a bar across from work for a co-worker’s birthday party.

I had a PBR ($3) and gave a $1 tip.


There were a few rounds of Car Bombs on the company tab which I found very unappealing, but I thought, “hey, it’s free” so I threw them down.

Today we had the previously mentioned free lunch at work.  I might not need another meal today.

Can I make it till Wednesday?

Now that it’s the weekend, I’m more worried about getting drinks than meals.