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According to the challenge, the food stamp benefit in California is only about $31.50 per day. I've seen Rachel Ray survive on $40 per day, but that was a few years back. I knew right away that some luxuries would be off limits this week. I would not be able to afford my favorite 1.5 pound lobster stuffed with a smaller 1 pound lobster and even a second glass of wine at dinner would be a stretch. I knew reducing tipping down to 5% would help, but for one of the first times in my life I would know real hunger.
Breakfast: I love my coffee and today was no exception. I sat down to the paper at East of Java Coffee Shop for my usual 12 shot venti vanilla cinnamon white hazelnut mocha with extra caramel and mocha. To that I added a blueberry muffin and a morning newspaper. As I reached into my wallet to pay the $22.47 bill, I thought I might have made a mistake wasting so much money on breakfast, but as I gave the girl my Chase card, the owner saw me. Joe and I go back along way and he insisted on comping me on my breakfast as his Thanksgiving gift to me. Breakfast was free, but what about lunch and dinner.
Lunch: I stopped by the club and again unfamiliar with familiarity I overdid it. While I stopped myself at 2 martinis, the Welsh rarebit was a bit pricey and when I added the $1.60 tip to the $29.83 bill, I founded myself with a grand total of 7 cents left for dinner. This was much harder than I thought it would be.
Dinner: I hoped I wouldn't have to resort to it already, but after our Thanksgiving feast we had a lot of what is commonly referred to as leftovers. I made myself a cold turkey sandwich with a slice of leftover pumpkin pie and some Merlot. Was this really what I was reduced to? Was I really scrounging for my meals in the old food of my refrigerator? As God is my witness, tomorrow is another day and I will not go hungry again.
Day 1 Total = $31.43