My September Challenge turned out to be a success, bringing my challenge record to 10.5 and 2.5, or a completion ratio of just over 80%. The challenge this month was to enjoy 50 meals for under $50. The contest called for the lowest 50 to be under a dollar per meal and not necessarily every single serving.
I could list all of the meals (I kept track of them all) but I think I’ll spare you the play-by-play and just summarize the results. As expected breakfast was the winner here: I had cereal eight times and oatmeal on 22 occasions, for a total breakfast expenditure during the month of less than $14. Beyond that I had some free meals mixed in (Chick-Fil-A promotion), along with easy things like PB & J, Mac N Cheese and even subs. Add in some celery, salad or fruit and it’s a rather inexpensive meal.
My lowest 50 meals equated to $29.72 for the month. Other than switching oatmeal for cereal, I didn’t drastically change my eating habits. Food is routinely in the top three categories for average expenditure, so it’s nice to know that you could purposefully focus on this category if you’re so inclined.
October Challenge = Top 5 In Five
My October challenge might be a little more challenging. I have a big round number in mind for Seeking Alpha articles by year-end. To help work toward this goal, October’s challenge will be to be in the “top 5” rankings for five different investment categories. Seeking Alpha ranks authors by recent viewership in various categories. At the moment I’m presently number 2 on the site in “dividend investing strategy” and number 5 in “conglomerates.”
The goal this month will be to crack the top 5 in five different categories. Some categories are easier than others (less coverage) while others are more difficult. My strategy will be to focus on some “easy wins” – that is, categories with lower barriers to top 5 entry – along with maintaining and improving my position in my existing stronghold categories.
I don’t believe I’ve ever made the top 5 in more than three categories at once, so this will indeed be a challenge. Yet it will be a goal that works in concert with my overarching ambition: get to a big article number by year-end and then reevaluate what I’d like to do in the coming year. Wish me luck!