For Day 2 of the SNAP Experience, I calculated my cost for the day's meal and I was surprised that even the little snacks can add up. I tried to stretch my grocery supply as much as I could today, which included spreading out my meals with longer gaps in between and drinking a lot of water.
When I was going grocery shopping I avoided buying flavored drinks or vitamin water, which I like to have on hand for a quick pick me up if I don't want coffee. Right now, I have to admit I have a little bit of a headache. I know it's not from not drinking enough water, but my work schedule.
I've been staying up late sewing for the last few nights I've been going to bed at 2 or 3am. Normally, I would have a midnight snack to stay awake for a few hours and last night being the first day of the SNAP Experience I did without it and stayed up until 3am and woke up at 8:30am this morning.
Not having just a little energy pick me up last night may have affected how I feel today. I also try to eat at least 1200 calories a day, because if I go below that the next day I get super hungry. I would have had a package of microwavable rice with my chicken dinner, but it cost $1.79 and opted not to have it to stay on track for the whole week.
Here is what I ate, I was surprised for eating all my meals at home I thought it would be cheaper than this.
Breakfast: -- Calories: -- Cost:
Coffee with Soy Milk -- 35 -- .40
1 can of Slim Rite -- 170 -- .80
1 & 1/2 servings of imitation crab meat ($1.99 a pack)2/3 serving of Cream Cheese --210 -- .79
Coffee with Soy Milk -- 35 .40
String cheese -- 80 -- .49
Chicken with onions -- 175 -- $2.04
Broccoli -- 20 -- .13
1 Egg --70--.13
Total water intake 3/4 of a jug -- .59
Total Calories: 1025
Total Cost: $6.11
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The Arizona SNAP Experience is sponsored by the Arizona Community Action Association