Howdy, frugalistos y frugalistas! Day 10 on the lovingly nicknamed “Fruga-System” diet, where our heroine is about 30% done with an eating plan that not only takes Chef Boyardee factoids to an obsession (each can runs 71-88% of your RDA for sodium, did ya know?!), but will also show conclusively that just about ANYONE out there can drastically cut their food budgets, and live to tell the tale.

Heard from “Tara” via email (the young lady who inspired this challenge), and she is thrilled at the progress in our little experiment. She & her son are doing great, and getting ever closer to admitting that they too could throw this eating plan into play when their budget gets too tight. My inner egomaniac is already having a great day… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Menu for today!
Breakfast – coffee, two eggs (yup, this WILL be breakfast each & every day. Kris likes her rituals…)
Cost = .23

Lunch – We’re going to do some more pasta, organic whole wheat rotelli this time (.60 per 12 oz box!). Two ounces of that, and I’m going to top it with a bit of the diced tomato & chiles that I have yet to try. That, and some black beans, perhaps a touch of minced garlic & some olive oil, Salt & Pepper, and of course, oregano. Janinne, if you’re catching this menu, Ms. Caterer Extraordinaire, what else should I put on top of this?
Cost: .09 for pasta, .05 for diced tomato & chiles, .05 for black beans, and I’m going to say .05 for garlic, EVOO & spices.
Total cost: .24. (Yikes, hope there’s leftovers…)

Daytime Snack – Mandarin Oranges. Light, & no extra sugar added! (I’m suddenly becoming hyper – no pun intended – about extra sugar in canned goods…)
Cost = .05

Dinner – Organic Chicken Broth, with whatever leftover pasta & bean salad there might be from lunch.
Cost = .05

Nighttime (blogging) snack – my beloved chocolate.
Cost: .15

Total cost of food for today: $0.73. This works – my main goal is just to keep it well below $1 per day (to come in under $25 for the month). So far, so good!

Keep sending in your thoughts, ideas & suggestions!
Have a fantastic day, everybody – only one more day until the weekend! K