A Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: Eating Fast Food Value Meals for a Week on a $50 Budget, Day 7, Dinner
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?
Day 7 Dinner: The last meal of the challenge
It's been a tough challenge. There is just no way to eat a variety of meals, stay full between meals and spend just $7.14 a day to do it. Going into dinner, I've got just $1.01 left to spend..... Oh my! Thank goodness for coupons! Hello Arby's and a free roast beef sandwich. That keeps me under budget for the challenge and I won't be left feeling full, I've still got one of the chicken tenders and cookie leftover from my KFC lunch if needed.
You just can't beat Arby's and their slow roasted, thinly sliced roast beef, they are indeed the Roast Beef King, they do it well. And a classic Arby's Roast Beef sandwich combined with that Arby's Sauce - Simply delicious!
Meal total for the day:
Cumulative total for the Challenge:
Day 1: $7.29
Day 2: $6.44
Day 3: $7.27
Day 4: $7.36
Day 5: $8.59
Day 6: $5.34
Day 7: $6.48
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 blew my daily budget on Day 5 by $1.45. Ouch! On Day 6, I sacrificed in the name of food science and came in under budget by 35 cents. With a budget of $7.49 left for Day 7, the final day of the challenge, I finished the challenge $1.01 under budget!
Grand Total: $48.99
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, honey and honey mustard!
As I've already written, while this challenge started out well enough, it ended up being an epic fail. I had to resort to eating burgers too often and with some of those 'meals' they weren't filling enough - I was snacking between meals. There's just no way to eat fast food every meal, with enough choices, AND keeping you full, on a budget of just $7.14 a day.
Spend Wisely My Friends.....