By Mike Thayer
Can you eat nothing but fast food value meals for a week on just $50?
That's a budget of just $7.14 a day.
Are there enough restaurants out there offering value meals that will fit in the budget? Will there be enough variety? Will I stay full enough, no snacking required?
I say I can stay under budget and eat well to boot.
It's Day 4 and a hot dog for lunch
It's been awhile since I've eaten at Sonic. With their pull-into-a-stall, carhop-delivers-to-your-vehicle approach, Sonic is a fair weather restaurant. They do have a menu with a lot of variety however, featuring something to please just about anyone.
I ordered the chili cheese coney dog for $1.99, but when the attendant said, "That will be $3.75," I quickly looked back at the menu and realized she had rung me up for a foot long instead of a regular. I chalked it up to that intercom system and high winds, so instead of correcting the order I just went with it, challenging myself to make it work within the daily budget. And who can pass up a foot long hot dog, right?
The dog was delivered before I could turn the volume back up on the radio, that foot long topped with melty cheese, chili and a soft bun to embrace it all. It hit the spot but did leave me with just 87 cents to spend for dinner. "What the heck am I going to get with that?" I asked myself. Good thing I have that 27 cent surplus giving me a whopping $1.14 to eat with. Can you say, "Hello McDonald's dollar menu?" Not what I was going for, but it is what it is....
At any rate, I'm satisfyingly full unlike yesterday with the skimpy breakfast and lunch.
Meal total for the day:
Cumulative total for the Challenge:
Day 1: $7.29
Day 2: $6.44
Day 3: $7.27
Day 4: $6.28 (Breakfast & Lunch)
I went over budget by 15 cents on Day 1. I was under budget by 55 cents on Day 2. I went over budget by 13 cents on Day 3.
Grand Total: $29.81 into Day 4, with dinner to go
The nice thing about this challenge - No dish washing required! Bonus!
And then there's bonus #2: A growing surplus of napkins!
Bonus #3: The opportunity to rack up on condiment packets..... You knew that was coming, right? What bachelor does NOT have condiment packets in his fridge?
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