Reader Diary: Food + Spend
We would love to hear from you and give you a chance to be featured on the blog (we are accepting entries through January 31st, 2018)! Inspired by a “Cash Confessional” series on a website here in Charlotte, I thought it’d be fun to ask you to share not only what you are eating but how much you are spending on food at your house.
We are going to pick a handful of entries to feature on the blog and, since we know this is a lot to ask, those chosen will receive the following:
- Signed copies of both my first (100 Days of Real Food) and second (100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous) cookbooks!
- $50 to spend on groceries + 1-year free membership on ThriveMarket.com
To enter, simply read the guidelines and complete your entry form below no later than January 31st. Can’t wait to see what you have to say!
Reader Diary Guidelines
- While I appreciate all submissions, publication is not guaranteed. Due to time constraints, only those selected for publication will be notified.
- Your story should include:
- A brief introductory paragraph about yourself including where you live and where you are on your real food journey. Are you just getting started, been dabbling in real food for a while, or a made-from-scratch veteran?
- A picture of you – does not need to be professional and can just be a casual selfie if you’d like.
- What food – hopefully most of it real – you as an individual ate for one week (any consecutive 7 days of your choice) including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and treats. It’s not that we don’t want to see your entire family’s meals, it would just require a great deal of documentation for us to ask for that.
- As many pictures as possible of your meals (a minimum of one per day). Hint: Natural sunlight is always best for photos! If you aren’t photographing everything, try to mix things up by showing us at least one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner, etc. over the seven days.
- How much you spent on food during that same week no matter where it was purchased from (i.e., restaurant or grocery store).It’s okay if the expenditures don’t exactly line up with what you ate. For example, if you go grocery shopping on the last day of the week and buy food for your entire family – we still want to know how much all that food costs, even though the meals from that shopping trip won’t necessarily be shared on your post.If you didn’t actually buy the food that day (for example you got it from your pantry or fridge), do not list a $ amount.
- Please limit daily word count to 100 words or less. You can check your word count in Microsoft Word by selecting “Tools” then “Word Count”.
- Original content is encouraged (i.e., not published elsewhere online) with the use of subheadings, bullets, and smaller paragraphs for easier reading. Please also ensure your content has correct spelling, grammar and punctuation to the best of your ability.
- We highly recommend you type and save your entry information locally (say in a Word document) before entering into the form. This way if your connection gets interrupted you won’t lose your work.
- Entries are limited to US and Canadian residents aged 18 or over only.
- Breakfast: 3 cups black coffee, Greek yogurt, blueberries
- Lunch: Mediterranean Greek Salad from Showmars (I skipped the Pita Bread) and drank water. $6.99
- Snack: 1 bag of 100 calorie almonds and lemon water
- Dinner: Chicken burrito bowl with one stalk of romaine lettuce, black beans, roasted corn, organic salsa, and Monterey jack cheese on top.
- Groceries for the week for my family of four: $250.25
- Total spend for the day: $257.24
Use the form below to share your own story. I truly appreciate you taking the time to do this and can’t wait to start reading! :)
Reader Diaries Entry Form
The deadline for this contest has passed so the entry form has been closed.