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Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: $50 to eat for a week, Day 2, dinner

Mike Thayer 2016 (2) By Mike Thayer

Can you eat for a week on just $50?

Breaking it down by the day, that's about $7.14 per day or $2.38 per meal.

20170521_191339Here's dinner for day 2:  Chicken Fried Steak w/Cream Gravy & Mixed Veggies.  Chicken Fried Steak is one of my favorites meals, it's comfort food deliciousness!   The steak was prepared with just a little olive oil and the veggies were heated up using a tab of butter and I wanted a little carmelization on those.  The 'gravy' was a cheat, I opened up a can of cream of chicken soup, added a touch of milk, garlic powder and fresh ground black pepper.  The combo of the steak, gravy and veggies made for a great comfort food bite!   This meal cost me about $3.00 to prepare and that included an adult beverage with the meal.  TIP:  Do you have any cream soups in your pantry?

Meal totals for the day:  

Breakfast:  $1.75
Lunch:  $2.15
Dinner:  $3.00

Cumulative total for the Challenge:

Day 1:  $7.25
Day 2:  $6.90

Grand Total:  $14.15 so far and on budget!  Holding off on the Ramen.....  for now.... 

$50 to eat for a week, are you up for the challenge?


Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: $50 to eat for a week, Day 2, lunch

Mike Thayer 2016 (2) By Mike Thayer

Can you eat for a week on just $50?

Breaking it down by the day, that's about $7.14 per day or $2.38 per meal.

20170521_134853Here's lunch for day 2:  Chicken nuggets & green beans.  With only a 30 minute lunch break, this meal was easy peasy quick to prepare.  Thank you microwave.  While the chicken and beans were heating up I made a quick mustard/mayo and seasoning salt 'aioli' for a chicken nugget dipping sauce. The beans were simply dressed with salt and pepper and a tab of butter.  This meal cost me only $2.15 to prepare and that included a glass of lemonade.  TIP:  Do you have any powdered drink mixes like Country Time Lemonade in your pantry?

Meal totals for the day:  

Breakfast:  $1.75
Lunch:  $2.15

Cumulative total for the Challenge:

Day 1:  $7.25
Day 2:  $3.90 (breakfast & lunch)

Grand Total:  $11.15 so far and on budget!  Holding off on the Ramen.....  for now.... 

$50 to eat for a week, are you up for the challenge?


States look to bar protesters from blocking highways

Following a rise in public protests in recent years, especially around the election and inauguration of President Donald Trump, several states have passed or attempted to pass legislation to curb protests that spill onto highways and impede traffic.

Tennessee and South Dakota have both passed laws pertaining to blocking highways with protests, while Iowa, North Carolina, Washington and Massachusetts each have legislation pending. Mississippi and Florida had legislation die before it reached the governors’ desks. Legislation in Minnesota and Arkansas has been vetoed by the respective governors.

via www.overdriveonline.com

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Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: $50 to eat for a week, Day 2, breakfast

Mike Thayer 2016 (2) By Mike Thayer

Can you eat for a week on just $50?

Breaking it down by the day, that's about $7.14 per day or $2.38 per meal.

20170521_075421Here's breakfast for day 2:  Steak & Eggs!  After blowing my budget yesterday by a whopping 11 cents, what better way to spend less than with steak and eggs right?  It's actually do-able.  This morning I enjoyed a 3.5 ounce thin cut Ribeye steak and two eggs over easy.  I kept it simple, the steak was pan fried over medium heat in olive oil, salt, pepper, two minutes on each side.  The egg got fried in a tab of butter and a little salt and pepper.  A bite of steak dipped in the oozing egg yolk, it's another dose of YUM!  This meal cost me believe it or not, only $1.75 to prepare and that included a cup of coffee!  TIP:  If you've never shopped at Dollar Tree before, you should check it out.

Cumulative total for the day:  

Breakfast:  $1.75 - I'm ahead after enjoying this meal!

Cumulative total for the Challenge:

Day 1:  $7.25
Day 2:  $1.75 (breakfast)

Grand Total:  $9 so far and back on budget!  Holding off on the Ramen.....  for now.... 

$50 to eat for a week, are you up for the challenge?


Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: $50 to eat for a week, Day 1, dinner

Mike Thayer 2016 (2) By Mike Thayer

Yesterday I decided to issue a small challenge to myself and anyone else wishing to join in.

Can you eat for a week on just $50?

Breaking it down by the day, that's about $7.14 per day or $2.38 per meal.

20170520_201610Here's the third meal, Day 1, dinner:  A 6 ounce bbq pork riblet, hashbrowns with cheese and a side of mixed veggies.    The riblet was tender, the BBQ sauce had just a little kick, the hashbrowns were crispy on the outside but tender on the inside and the veggies were perfectly seasoned to include a kiss of butter.   This dish cost me about $2.75 to prepare and it was DELICIOUS!  TIP:  Taking advantage of grocery store sales and buying in bulk at clubs like Sam's or Costco makes a challenge like this easier.  I bought pork in bulk at $1.69 a pound and frozen veggies for a $1 a bag at a local grocery. 

Cumulative total for the day:  

Breakfast:  $2
Lunch:  $2.50
Dinner:  $2.75
Total:  $7.25 - Ooops!  That's 11 cents over budget!  I'll have to cut back on my next meal and no, that doesn't mean I'll be breaking out the Ramen...  Not yet anyway....


Nathan’s manufacturer recalls 200,000 pounds worth of hot dogs

More than 200,000 pounds of Nathan’s and Curtis hot dogs are being yanked from store shelves after bits of metal were found in the franks.

Three people filed complaints with the Cincinnati-based manufacturer of the hot dogs, John Morrell & Co., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Those reports led the company to issue a recall on May 19.

The potentially contaminated meats were in Nathan’s Skinless 8 Beef Franks with a use by date of Aug. 19, 2017 — and Curtis Beef Master brand beef franks with a date of June 15, 2017.

No one has been injured by eating the metal-tainted meat the feds said.

via www.nydailynews.com


Today's Weather Outlook for the Corridor

Today's weather forecast and a four day outlook.  Check this page for the latest weather reports in the corridor area.  Up-to-date weather conditions for the Iowa City area are observed at the Iowa City, Iowa City Municipal Airport, IA.  For weather conditions specific to other cities outside the corridor area, just type in your zip code below.


Coralville, Iowa, weather forecast

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Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: $50 to eat for a week, Day 1, lunch

Mike Thayer 2016 (2) 20170520_135603By Mike Thayer

Yesterday I decided to issue a small challenge to myself and anyone else wishing to join in.

Can you eat for a week on just $50?

Breaking it down by the day, that's about $7.14 per day or $2.38 per meal.

Here's the second meal, Day 1, lunch:  Meatballs & marinara baby!  The crock pot is a Bachelor on the Cheap best friend!  For lunch today I thoroughly enjoyed some meatballs and marinara. This dish cost me about $2.50 to prepare and it was DELICIOUS!  I also enjoyed some more of the jalapeno bread w/cheese that I baked the day before.  Hint:  Buy a bag of flour and you can create and achieve, flour and eggs are MUST have items in the bachelor's kitchen, even if you don't cook!......  TIP:  If you've built up your pantry like I've suggested, you can make some great meals on the whim and on the Bachelor Cheap!

Cumulative total for the day:  

Breakfast:  $2
Lunch:  $2.50
Total:  $4.50

One more meal to go, can I keep it under $2.88 and still hit goal for the day?


The oil boom and trucking

The recent surge in U.S. oil drilling has helped keep gas and diesel prices depressed, despite oil production cuts by OPEC. In fact, the U.S. is producing more oil than ever before. For the trucking industry, that has meant a big boost in volumes, not just in fuel deliveries, but also equipment being hauled to and from the oil fields.

For a more in-depth look at the trend, read: U.S. oil boom driving a surge in trucking. The infographic at the link below provides a quick glimpse of what is happening.

via www.freightwaves.com

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