In my last post I mentioned some things that blew me away because they were so inexpensive. The main thing I discussed was shaving cream, but I also brought up some food items. That last comment thread went two ways – some took the shaving angle, and some approached the food angle. For this post we will keep going down the food path.
I would like to hear in the comments ways that you eat cheaply. The media is full of stories of doom and gloom about how food is skyrocketing in price, so let’s take the opposite tack and discuss things at the other end of the spectrum. I will start.
Every morning for breakfast I have a bowl of instant oatmeal. I buy the generic packs of ten envelopes at the store – each envelope has a cost of only .17! At that rate, they should almost be paying me to eat the stuff. It is hard to believe that they can make money from this, unless oats and packaging and freight and stocking the shelf are almost free. On top of that it is relatively healthy since I ran the ingredients by my wife who is a food Nazi, and she gave them her blessing.
I saw in my comments at LITGM that the going rate for Ramen Noodles is .19, unless you need it in the elitist cup, then it is a preposterous .27 per serving!
Here is another – for just under $8 I made an immense pot of jambalaya the other day (with the newly rationed rice!), enough to feed a family of four for two days. It would have cost under $5 if I would have made it vegetarian. But what is vegetarian jambalaya? Not jambalaya, that is for sure.
So give me some examples of you folks eatin’ cheap, and the winner (judged by myself based on creativity and best use of money) will receive his or her name in lights, like Rummel did when he won our air pistol contest. What a prize!