# Milk Miscalculation! January 8th

Hoping to recalculate the value of porridge, I go back to re-assess the cost of milk per serving, only to realise I made a mistake and costed milk at 12p per 330ml rather than 15p!

I do not know as yet what effect will this error have on my budget.

## Packing Lunch

This morning I used the penultimate splash of milk from the fridge. Fortunately, I have already frozen 930ml.

I've never taken the ingredients for a scrambled egg into work before. It feels slightly odd. I "pack" the remainder of the milk, two raw eggs, and the crust of a slice of bread.

Later I find that taking the ingredients for scrambled eggs on toast is a truley excellent idea, and a crust of the seeded specially selected batch makes a wonderfull companion to eggs.

## Ingredients Scrambled Egg on Toast.

ItemCost
150ml milk ( most drank )7p
2 Eggs24p
1 Sauce Cube3p
Total£0.42

## Return home from Work

Unsure what to have for dinner I decide to cost out my food so far today.

I've been adjusting the milk content of my porridge, and today hit on a measure I find produces the nicest porridge for me - 250ml per 50g of porridge oats.

Recognising that with the cost of milk, my lunch must cost close to 50p, I consider recosting the milk I'm using in my porridge in order to cope with the spend.

I'm shocked when I realise I made a mistake - I copied the cost of my milk wrong when I was "Doing the Maths" - putting £1.15 rather than £1.48. At 330ml per serving, a £1.48 bottle costs 15p per serving . I've been costing it so far as £1.15 a bottle, or 12p per serving. By happy coincidence, 250ml costs 12p, making the last few breakfast totals accurate, but throwing out some earlier in the first week.

One things clear - I need to do a stock take and double check my maths to find out what other mistakes I made, so I can try to adjust future spending to take errors into account.

## Dinner

My intent was some lentil and stuffing balls, served over rice, with tomato sauce. It didn't go quite as planned, the lentil-stuffing mix was far to wet, so I had little choice but to roll them in oats.

Looking at the oat covered balls, I suspected that the oats would eat up the butter, making it difficult to cook them, so I squashed them into patties.

Once in the pan, the oats behaved as I feared - drinking up all the butter, leaving little to cook the other side. I wasn't sure how the oats would impact the budget, so opted for one sauce cube rather than a bag.

The end result - oat covered lentil & stuffing patties on a bed of rice with a smidgen of sauce. They didn't taste great, but they weren't bad. I imagine that with a few vegetables, they would form a pretty good vegeburger - perhaps with breadcrumbs rather than oats as a coating.

## Ingredients Lentil & stuffing patties with rice.

ItemCost
1/2 Portion butter5p
1 Cube sauce3p
50g Lentils10p
1 Serving Rice4p
1/2 Serving Oats3p
17 g Stuffing Mix4p
Total£0.29

My budget almost maxed out, there is just enough room for a small clementine to finish things off.

Note: On the 16th January, I noticed an error in the "Totals to date" table below. It appears I forgot there were 31 days in January, and based the calculations of the cash remaining on a 30 day month. This means there should be one pound more to spend than shown in the table.

## Conclusion

I've started using mild exercise as a replacement stimulant for caffine. Unfortunately I got carried away this lunch time and ended up swimming 40 lenghts. I need to watch it as I don't believe I'm consuming sufficient calories for high levels of exercise.

I'm not sure that oat covered lentil patties are going to catch on.

## Totals to date

Cash Spent £17.39 £7.56 £0.09 £12.61 £3.71 £8.90 23