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Food Stamp Challenge Day 8

This is Day 8 of a month long food stamp challenge. If this is your first visit, please check out this link to see all of the posts and get a better understanding of what is going on.

beefbrothCorey commented on the Week 1 Review post asking an important question about waste. Since the start of the challenge, the only edible waste produced has been 3 pancakes from Day 3. Everything else has been used for all it was worth. Chicken skin and bones become stock. Leftovers are eaten for lunch or incorporated into other dishes. Even the remaining .75 lbs of beef fat left from the brisket we purchased yesterday was cooked down with water in  the slow cooker overnight to be used later.

garliccreamsauceWhen we started the challenge we had about half a gallon of milk that had gone out of date on 9/25 but was still good, so we assumed it in the starting pantry. After using it several times, its freshness is questionable beyond today. It was used in biscuits and gravy this morning but the last two cups were just not going to waste if I could help it. I minced and sautéed some garlic, added the milk, salt & pepper and let it reduce.  Tomorrow we’ll add the last bit of the powdered parmesan in the fridge for a tasty garlic cream sauce to pour over some unsuspecting fettuccine noodles.



breakfast10-8BREAKFAST: $1.35

coffee w/ sugar & creamer
scrambled eggs
sausage (made on Day 7)
biscuits [source]
gravy ( 1/4 cup flour, 1 1/4 cup milk, beef fat, salt & pepper)


(2) egg salad sandwiches (made on Day 7)
6 oz carrots
(2) brownies (made on Day 6)


peanut butter sandwich
pitcher of tea



DINNER: $1.89

crockpot chicken & stuffing
roasted chicken, chunked
box of stuffing (on hand, out of date)
1 whole onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
(3) eggs
cream of chicken soup
2 cups chicken broth (made from chicken cooked on Day 1)
1 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 stick of margarine
leftover veggies

DINNER NOTES: This recipe makes enough for 4 big servings, so we will have another meal from the leftovers in the future.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON THE FIGURES: Due to a calculation error, the total dollar amount in our budget per day was miscalculated. It should be $4.50 per person, per day. I will not edit last week’s amounts, but will use the corrected amount moving forward.


  • Consumed Today: 3.90 [+5.10 for the day]
  • Consumed To Date (week): 3.90 [+5.10 for the week]
  • Consumed To Date (month): 31.03 [+40.97 for the month]
  • Spent To Date: 138.07
  • Remaining Balance: $141.11


I have noticed over the years that the majority of food banks and soup kitchens are faith-based. Why do you think that is?

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