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Time:04:40 am
OK, I've decided that I'd rather have a Hasselblad than the Rolleiflex that I was looking at earlier. The Rolleiflex is a fine camera, but the Hasselblad has better parts and system availability. Of course, what I *should* spend my money on is neither...


I took the Holga out for a spin this afternoon, then spent the evening in the darkroom. Yes, again. I could have predicted that this would happen, but it's actually pretty sensible. The best way to learn is to practice, and I have free use of the darkroom for a month or so. Therefore, I should take full advantage of it, right?


I got annoyed by people saying that healthy food is too expensive and they can only afford to eat processed food or fast food. I set out to prove them wrong, so this week my goal is to eat for less than $40.

The simplified version of the rules: I can shop anywhere I want to that's open to the public and I can take advantage of sales that I find at the store, but I can't clip coupons or shop at member-only facilities. I have to document everything. I get to define healthy. Because it's too challenging to track micro-quantities, my budget pays a $5 tax for small quantities of staples such as herbs and spices, oil, vinegar, condiments, etc.

I did all of my shopping this weekend, and don't tell anyone but I expect to come in significantly under budget. I even splurged on an aged-four-years Wisconsin cheddar. Today I stuffed my crock pot with a vegetable and garbanzo stew that turned out fabulous.

The menu for the week includes the stew, a vegetable, sweet potato, and cheddar frittata, spinach, miso-glazed carrots, probably an apple crisp, and whatever else comes together.

Here's the Flickr set where I'm documenting everything.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2010-10-11 03:11 pm (UTC)
Why can't you clip coupons? That's something that is available to everyone. I'll see if I can find it, but some guy did an experiment where he lived on $1/day for a month for a bet with his sister. She then complained that he ate a lot of crap so he was going to do a second month where he ate more healthily (and his diet the first month was more weird than unhealthy).

Here it is. One of the things he did along the way was find money makers, where basically through a combination of store and manufacturers' coupons things were either free or he made money. In a lot of cases he would buy a crapton and give it away to food banks. Interesting read, at any rate. Good luck with your endeavor.

Update two: Here's how he does the cereal thing. Interesting side goal he has of buying a million dollars worth of food for foodbanks. As of that post he had bought $15k worth of food for $650.

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whipartist
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Time:2010-10-11 05:12 pm (UTC)
One of my unstated goals is to not work too hard at it. Yes, I'm going to buy and cook my own food, but I'm not going to optimize excessively.
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