Category Archives: Food

Tally (sorry it’s been a while)

It’s been a while.  But, today, the day that just won’t end, I decided to do a little “unofficial tally.” Here it is (slightly illegible). Ouch.

(More photos of some of the items on this list to come soon.)


Food & Drink Spending by City

The average Minneapolis household spent $3,325 dining out in 2009.  (Saint Paul is slightly higher at $3,372.)  In 2010, so far, I have only spent about $150 eating out.  TAKE THAT!

(Source: Infographic: Food spending in the biggest U.S. cities)

Making Good.

I have a trip to Chicago coming up (in 2 days) and will likely be shopping since…well I just will.  So, I decided to make good on my current “dues” to the United Way before I leave.

Today I donated $125.00 to the Greater Twin Cities United Way.  I only owed $100 (again…most of which was food because I LOVE food), but I figured I’d give a little extra because I’ll have to anyway.  Right?

Stayed tuned for pictures of my shopping ventures in Chicago.

Target Field.

I’ve said before that the food portion of this challenge is the most difficult, because I LOVE food.  Well, I ventured out to the new Target Field this past Friday and must say that with tickets to 8 games, there will be donations made to the United Way.

On Friday, I’m going to assume that they were still working out the kinks in the concessions business because it took us 5 innings to get food.  We didn’t go for anything special either (i.e. the Vincent Burger or Murray’s steak sandwich); we got in line for a hot dog, beer and some cheese curds.  An hour or so later (during which we also missed the first homerun and pretty much everything else), we finally had a hot dog – a luke warm hot dog – and some cheese curds.  All for $11.00.

I was still STARVING after the game so I also had a bowl of soup at the Local (to warm me up from the windy coldness of Target Field), and that cost me $5.50.  And, since I was already $16.50. in for the weekend, I added on a slice of pizza ($3.50) before the Spoon concert on Saturday.  

So, this weekend cost me $20.00.  But, like I said, I still have 10 Twins games to get through, which will likely include at least one Vincent Burger ($12.00) and possibly a Murray’s steak sandwich ($10.50).  Target Field, the United Way thanks you!

Sorry, it’s been a while … I’m just really hungry.

Without a doubt the hardest part of this challenge, so far, has been the inability to eat at restaurants.  I love food.  Food is good.  Food makes me happy.  Good food makes me happier.  Good food made by other people at places other than my house makes me even happier.  Not having that makes me sad and hungry, nay, starving.  I can’t drive through areas heavily populated with restaurants that emit delicious smells for the fear of just pulling over and running in to eat off a stranger’s plate…ok that’s extreme, but you get it.  

But, regardless, I’ve been pretty good.  I have only purchased 2 bagels ($1.70 each) and some pretzels from The Lyndale Taphouse ($2.50 on happy hour special).  That means I owe the United Way $5.90.  (I can’t speak for my sister, but I know she owes them much more, which is probably why she hasn’t posted anything on here yet.)

As for the shopping portion and items I REALLY REALLY WANT BUT DIDN’T BUY….there aren’t any.  I haven’t had a desire to shop at all.  Even more strange, my birthday is in about 2 weeks and I actually get to shop then, but I have no idea what I want or need.  (Most likely because I don’t want or need anything.)   Oh, except, I should point out, my nice big fluffy winter coat has a malfunctioning zipper.  It’s no big deal except that if I want to actually put the coat on, I have to put it on the floor, step into it and pull it up – like a little kid putting on snow pants.

Bagels are Worthy.

Bagels are delicious. I forgot my oatmeal this morning and a smoothie just isn’t enough. 

I owe the Greater Twin Cities United Way $1.70.

Two Things – Breakfast & Saving

1) Today is my sister’s birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!) and because of the celebratory occassion we had breakfast at the Egg & I.  I LOVE breakfast.  I LOVE eggs benedict.  I LOVE that I’ve had a celebratory reason to  enjoy not only breakfast but also eggs benedict. (She’ll blog something eventually.)

2) Yesterday was a one of those excellent days when my student loan payment day coincides with pay day.  At first I thought, “OH SUCK IT, DirectLoans,” because it really made it feel like last week never happened.  But then I noticed something strange – my bank account had more in it than it usually does on loan payment days.  Why?  Because of this challenge, of course. 

Now, ordinarily, after having realized I have more than usual, I’d be doing some serious shopping, but, uh,  it’s not allowed.  I know some people are reading this going – “Hello…this isn’t a new thing it’s called ‘saving.'”  And, trust me, that isn’t new to me.  I’m actually a pretty frugal person (and tend to rag on people for spending as much as they do – ask any member of my family), but I think the “strange” part is that in the past I would put money in my savings account and that would be my “saving.”  Now, it’s taken on a new form.  (And, I haven’t even had an urge to shop, though the food/eating out portion has been absolutely brutal.)