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Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: $50 to eat for a week, Day 6, 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.

20170525_190355Day 6 dinner - Pizza Hut:  Sometimes it pays to bitch.  About a month ago I made on online order to Pizza Hut, they gave me a 45 - 55 minute delivery window and they missed that by about 25 minutes.  So when I followed up on the delivery time by calling the store, they weren't professional at all, they didn't even try to explain the situation, they weren't apologetic or reasoned, it was like, "You'll get your pizza when the delivery driver gets there....."  So with that attitude being thrown in my face, I complained to corporate and yes, Google reviews are a powerful thing!  I received not one but two "Free Pizza" coupons in the mail from Pizza Hut corporate, and not just basic pizza, anything I wanted!  Corporate apparently gets it, the local Pizza Hut store does not.   So tonight for dinner I am enjoying my favorite, a thin crust (brushed with garlic butter) pepperoni and mushroom pizza.  This meal cost me $0.00!  It's another dose of YUM and having a beer with the pizza was a plus!   Lite Beer from Miller, it has 1/3 less calories than regular beer and tastes great!  Tallboys.

Meal totals for the day:  

Breakfast:  $1.89
Lunch:  $3.25
Dinner:  $1.33

The total for the day is $6.47 and I've got leftovers!

Cumulative total for the Challenge:

Day 1:  $7.25
Day 2:  $6.90
Day 3:  $6.55
Day 4:  $4.21
Day 5:  $6.90
Day 6:  $6.47

Grand Total:  $38.28 so far and under budget!   Having pizza and beer on this kind of a budget?....  Imagine that, delightful!  

Need some meal ideas?  Go to the Bachelor on the Cheap You Tube Channel


Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: $50 to eat for a week, Day 6, lunch

Mike Thayer 2016 (2) By Mike Thayer

20170526_152756Can 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.

Chicken tacos for Day 6 lunch:  Yesterday I grilled up a bunch of TexMex marinaded chicken thighs and I enjoyed some of that chicken on a nice salad for dinner.  Today, it's chicken taco time and I'm going to add a little heat.  To warm up the chicken I'm sauteing it in jalapeno salt infused canola oil.  Then when building the tacos, I'll hit that meat again with a hot taco sauce and a cumin/jalapeno crema.  This meal cost about $3.25 to prepare.  It's another dose of YUM!   

Meal totals for the day:  

Breakfast:  $1.89
Lunch:  $3.25

That's a bit over budget for the two meals, I've got just $2 left on the daily budget.  I'll have to take advantage of a coupon for dinner! 

Cumulative total for the Challenge:

Day 1:  $7.25
Day 2:  $6.90
Day 3:  $6.55
Day 4:  $4.21
Day 5:  $6.90
Day 6:  $5.14 (breakfast & lunch)

Grand Total:  $36.95 so far and under budget!   Looks like I'm going to handle this challenge without having to break out the Ramen! 

Need some meal ideas?  Go to the Bachelor on the Cheap You Tube Channel

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Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: $50 to eat for a week, Day 6, breakfast

Mike Thayer 2016 (2) By Mike Thayer

Can you eat for a week on just $50?

20170526_112233Breaking it down by the day, that's about $7.14 per day or $2.38 per meal.

It's Day 6 and time for breakfast.  It's a day off for me and I have the luxury of time so I'm going to cook.  Needing to do something with some hamburger buns that are getting closer to expiration, I decided on a breakfast sandwich.  I fried up two eggs over easy with some jalapeno salt and pepper and topped them with two slices of American cheese.  I then threw some black forest ham in the pan and toasted up a hamburger bun dressing it with garlic and a little more of that jalapeno salt - I love that stuff!  The sandwich was delightful.  This meal only cost me about $1.89 to include a couple cups of coffee.

Meal totals for the day:  

Breakfast:  $1.89

Under budget so far for the day. 

Cumulative total for the Challenge:

Day 1:  $7.25
Day 2:  $6.90
Day 3:  $6.55
Day 4:  $4.21
Day 5:  $6.90
Day 6:  $1.89

Grand Total:  $33.70 so far and under budget!  I've been eating well, dining in, to go orders, burgers, Chicken Teriyaki, breakfast sandwiches, having some veggies too....  I'm off to a good start on Day 6, it looks like I'm going to handle this challenge without having to break out the Ramen! 

Need some meal ideas?  Go to the Bachelor on the Cheap You Tube Channel


New Iowa governor names Adam Gregg 'acting' lieutenant

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Seeking to avoid a legal fight over her power, Gov. Kim Reynolds named Republican attorney Adam Gregg as her administration's No. 2 leader Thursday but stopped just short of making him the official lieutenant governor.

Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller advised Reynolds this month that the Iowa Constitution would not give her the authority to name her replacement as lieutenant governor after she succeeded Gov. Terry Branstad, who resigned Wednesday to become U.S. ambassador to China.

via qctimes.com


Victor Cruz agrees to one-year contract with Bears - NFL.com

Since being released by the Giants in mid-February, Cruz had garnered interest from the Bears, Jaguars and Ravens, but only met with Chicago. His unceremonious departure from Big Blue continued to bother him as he went unsigned throughout the offseason, even up until this week when he told a radio show that his dip in production down the stretch in 2016 was due to the Giants' front office intentionally sabotaging his season

Cruz is the fourth notable wide receiver to join the Bears this offseason. Chicago has signed former Steelers wideout Markus Wheaton, former Titans receiver Kendall Wright and Cruz's ex-teammate Rueben Randle to complement Kevin White and Cameron Meredith.

via www.nfl.com


Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: $50 to eat for a week, Day 5, 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.

20170524_185340It's Day 5, time for a healthy dinner!  I've been eating well, as in some VERY satisfying food, but some of those meals haven't exactly been some of the healthiest.....  So it's time for some salad!   One of the easiest ways to eat healthy but still satisfy that caveman mentality when it comes to food is to eat a salad loaded with grilled meat.  That's what I did with tonight's meal, rabbit food + grilled meat = YUM!   And here's the kicker.....  If you are a coupon shopper you can really take advantage of some food producer deals!  I picked up a Dole southwest salad  at the store for free using a Dole coupon and dressed that already fantastic ready-to-eat salad with some grilled chicken.  I prepped some chicken thighs with that southwest theme in mind, marinading the chicken with some canola oil, cumin, black pepper, jalapeno salt a little cayenne and a bit of lemon juice.  The chicken was grilled to perfection (of course).  This Dole southwest salad mix is a winner!  By adding some grilled chicken to it, I've added another layer of great flavor to create one VERY satisfying dinner!  This meal only cost me about $2, the cost of grilling up some chicken thigh and enjoying a couple of adult beverages.  The salad was free, courtesy of the Dole company and a 'Free Salad' coupon.

Meal totals for the day:  

Breakfast:  $2.40
Lunch:  $2.50
Dinner:  $2.00

The Dole salad coupon kept me under budget for the day!  It pays to coupon shop.

Cumulative total for the Challenge:

Day 1:  $7.25
Day 2:  $6.90
Day 3:  $6.55
Day 4:  $4.21
Day 5:  $6.90

Grand Total:  $31.81 so far and under budget!  I've been eating well, dining in, dining out, burgers, Chicken Teriyaki, breakfast sandwiches, having some veggies too....  And there's been no Ramen on the menu!  For now anyway....

Need some meal ideas?  Go to the Bachelor on the Cheap You Tube Channel

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ICPL Summer Bus Program Begins June 1

An Iowa City Public Library card is your child’s ticket to ride an Iowa City Transit bus free this summer.

The Library will provide free bus rides to children through 12th grade, and the adult caregivers who are with them, on any Iowa City Transit bus route traveling to the downtown interchange, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. every weekday beginning Thursday, June 1. Eligible bus riders should show their Iowa City Public Library card to the bus driver to gain free access to the bus. Children can catch a ride home anytime the same day with a Ride & Read bus pass, which is issued by showing a Library Card at any public service desk at the Library.

Parents, if your child doesn’t have an Iowa City Public Library card, visit www.icpl.org/cards/ for information about how to apply for a card. Complete your application online, then stop by the Help Desk within two weeks to pick up your card. You can also apply in person at the Help Desk any time the Library is open. Adults will need to show photo identification (current driver’s license or passport) and proof of resident address (current driver’s license, mail with a current post mark, current lease) in order to obtain a Library Card.

Photo identification is not required for children under age 14.

The summer bus program ends the week day before the first day of school.

For more information, please call the Library at 319-356-5200.


City Park Pool and Iowa City Splash pads to open June 3

Time to break out the sunscreen and bathing suits. City Park pool and the spray/splash pads at Wetherby, Fairmeadows, and Tower Court Parks will open to the public on Saturday, June 3, 2017. 

The City Park Pool is located outdoors on Park Road in Upper City Park on the northwest side of Iowa City. Adult lap swim will be held 7 days a week, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., followed by open swim from 1-5 p.m. and Twilight swim from 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday an additional adult lap swim session will be available from 6:15 a.m.-9 a.m. Admission is $4 per person, and $2 per person for Twilight swim. Children 2 years-old and younger swim for no fee. Additionally, 30-day and annual passes are available for families and individuals. These passes grant access to all Iowa City pools including Robert A. Lee, Mercer Park Aquatic Center and City Park.

The splash pads are open daily, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., during the summer season and do not require a fee. The pads are located at:

  • Wetherby Splash Pad
    2400 Taylor Drive 
  • Fairmeadows Splash Pad
    2500 Miami Drive
  • Tower Court Spray Pad
    1124 Tower Ct.

For more information, visit the Iowa City Parks and Recreation website: 
https://www.icgov.org/icpools&pads