The $7 Dinner Challenge, Version 2.0

by Cate on November 11, 2008

After reviewing the results of the recent survey we did on the $7 Dinner Challenge (thanks for taking part!), Sarah and I decided to make a few modifications to the rules … to make it a little more user-friendly and hopefully encourage more participation.  Although we know the $7 challenge is definitely doable, we thought expanding the scope a bit might make it better for all.

It will resume next Monday, but in the meantime, here’s the plan:

The Ground Rules:

  • You have $10 to create a complete dinner for four, to include the main course and a serving of vegetables for each person.
  • Cost of items (i.e., bread) can be prorated (total cost of loaf/slices used).
  • Salt, pepper, 1/4 cup oil and 1 tablespoon of herbs are free — no need to count these into the cost total. Every other ingredient must count toward your $10 total.
  • No frozen meals. You actually have to make something (however it can have premade components).
  • You must state where you get your pricing info from, and it must be current to the date posted (as in, if the sale is over, the current price is the one that counts).

With the new guidelines, my wheels are already spinning for next week’s menu.  Hope to see you here!

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Bob November 11, 2008 at 8:22 am

So, it’s the $10 Challenge?


Patsy November 11, 2008 at 9:27 am

I better get planning! I really keep wanting to participate in this challenge!

Patsys last blog post..The Bread Man


Jason November 11, 2008 at 10:32 pm

Pretty impressive to all of you that can do it. My hats go off to you all. A friend of mine is living off 5 dollars a day for food, breakfast through dinner. But he is a single guy, so 1 mouth is easier than 4.

Jasons last blog post..Cuts of Pork


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