Part of the problem, was I blew my load on expensive leftovers. The main culprit being a pasta dish with veggies in it ($5.25). Here's the challenge with vegetables; they are great for you, but when it comes to cost per calorie, they are very lacking. I've come to the conclusion that if the world was forced to eat a proper diet of fruits and vegetables. Billions of people would starve to death. My roommate and I had this conversation yesterday. If you did away with industrialized grains like wheat, corn, oats, and rice then billions of humans couldn't meet their basic caloric intake. Every meal I had yesterday had some of them in it. I think you could throw potatoes into this category as well.
So here's the break down from yesterday:
2 bowls of cereal - $1.50
Bowl of pasta, chicken, and veggies - $5.25
Bowl of guac and chips - $2.50
The calories for all of these added up to 1,940 and I weighed in at a (muscular and sexy) 155 pounds. My budget was for $6.57 and I spend $9.25. I went hungry yesterday, but it wasn't from a lack of food. It came from being stranded at a party and not being able to feed myself, since part of the requirement is that I not take free food from anybody. Ribs never smelled so good!