Here are some $20/week thoughts from our other 13 year old son, who just finished his cooking experiment today. (See his shopping trip here.) And be reassured: despite the title, I don’t think he spent any of the week hungry.
These last seven days, I planned and cooked all my meals by myself. The shopping went well. I went a little under, about eighteen cents. The first meal I cooked was French fries. They were O.K. but I burned them a little. I liked having canned ravioli. Next time I would get lots more ravioli.
The ramen stir fry was also pretty good. It had noodles, onions, tomatoes, and a little bit of oil. One of the hardest things to do was when everyone else got to eat something wonderful and I had to eat boringness like ramen again. But I did like not having to eat oatmeal.
Making donuts was really fun. The first time I just mixed some sugar and cinnamon together then right after I took them out of the pot, plopped them in the sugar mix, they were really good. The next time I made some glaze for the donuts. It had sugar cinnamon and milk in it. They were definitely not my favorite– wayyy to much cinnamon.
Overall it was hard, fun, and frustrating each at different meals. I learned a lot about how much work it takes to feed yourself on a reasonable amount of money, while not eating rice and beans all the time. I am just glad that I don’t have to feed the whole family. Thank you mom!