A Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: Eating Fast Food Value Meals for a Week on a $50 Budget, Day 5, Breakfast
A Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: Eating Fast Food Value Meals for a Week on a $50 Budget, Day 5, Dinner

A Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: Nacho Fries, Day 5, Lunch

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)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?

Can I stay under budget and eat well to boot?

It's Day 5 and lunch time

20180203_172553With all the marketing hype by Taco Bell and their new menu item of Nacho Fries, I decided to give their $5 Nacho Fries Box a try.

Introduced on January 26 and part of their $1 menu, Taco Bell's venture into french fries features "Mexican" spiced fries and a nacho cheese dipping sauce.  The restaurant is also marketing the fries with the $5 box as well as a what they call Nacho Fries Bell Grande, which consists of the fries topped with  seasoned beef, nacho cheese sauce, diced tomatoes, and sour cream.  Basically, we're talking nachos with fries instead of chips.

The $5 Nacho Fries box comes with the fries and dipping sauce of course, along with a Cheesy Gordita Crunch, a Doritos Locos Taco and a medium drink.

20180203_173059So how are the Nacho Fries you ask?  They're not bad, but they're not great either.  The fries were properly prepared, a crispy outer edge and a flaky potato inside.  Kudos to Taco Bell on that.  But the seasoning didn't really taste "Mexican", it was more like seasoning salt and the Nacho Cheese dipping sauce was the typical Taco Bell sauce, nothing special.  The combination isn't bad, if you're looking for something different to dip your fries into besides ketchup it's an interesting change of pace, but to sum things up, I'd rather have chips with my nacho cheese sauce.  I had to remind myself that you can purchase Nacho Fries for $1.  Worth the buck?  Yes.  But a repeat buy?  Not so much.

Meal total for the day:  

Breakfast:  $2.13

Lunch:  $5.38

Cumulative total for the Challenge:

Day 1:  $7.29

Day 2:  $6.44

Day 3:  $7.27

Day 4:  $7.36

Day 5:  $7.51 (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.  After Day 4 I had a whopping 5 cent surplus working for me.  That laughable surplus didn't matter, I've blown my daily budget after eating lunch, over by 32 cents.

Grand Total:  $38 so far, with Day 5 dinner to go - looks like I'm starving tonight?

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?  I've racked up ketchup, mustard, mayo, salt, pepper, ranch dressing, buffalo sauce and honey!


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