I ended up spending close to $20, and consumed about 800 calories a day. Rethinking it, the cost does fit with Corson's projected budget: $60 would not be spread equally in a family with children of varying ages. $20 is intended for each adult, and the remaining $20 would be divided amongst the children.
- Buy potatoes, onions, and rice in bulk. It's cheaper, and you really can't go wrong.
- From now on I'm going to buy bakery bread as opposed to it's commercial counter part. The loaf I bought this week was twice as big and half as expensive.
- Even my roomates agree: Macaroni and Cheese is delicious in any century. I'm glad I revisited this 19th century recipe. Also, Polenta is great. Baked or fried, with veggies or cheese, I'm going to incorporate it into my diet. And it's so cheap, it's practically free.
- I'm also going to start saving my soup stock. After make soup or stew, the juice at the bottom on the pot is good stuff. It's flavourful from hanging out with all those meats and vegetables. I'm keeping it, and throwing some rice or barley in there, and eating it again.
- I loathe cabbage.
- The apple I had wasn't necessary to keep my bowels moving; the beans etc. had plenty of fiber, and I was very regular. After a few days, even my desire for fresh produce wained. All I wanted was a quick source of calories: I craved bread, butter and milk, exactly what Corson recommends buying.
- For breakfast, I had 1 1/2 cups of hot cocoa, because I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. (.38 cents)
- This morning, I had a video shoot at a master sushi class with Chef Toshio Suzuki, who some say is the best sushi chef in New York. I watched Chef Suzuki prepared sushi fresh before my eyes, and popped two of his creations into my mouth. (free!)
- Afterwards, I headed over to Pomme Frites for some Belgian fries smothered in mango chutney mayonnaise ($6.00)
- For dinner, my boyfriend promised to make me any meal I wanted. I'll be having Manwiches. The sloppy joes, not the other kind. (free!)
UPDATE: I also had some fresh pineapple. I returned to my pre-tenement weight in one day.
Now I pose the same question to you: What have you learned? Additionally, some of you have been asking me if I am going to do a part two, either by doubling my budget or eating some sort of "modern" tenement meal. What would you do as a sequel to this project?