FNS Challenge: Day 3


We’ve made it to Day 3 of the FNS Challenge, and it’s starting to get really difficult. We had one employee (who shall remain nameless for fear of public shaming) give in and purchase a sweet treat at Barnes & Noble during lunch today without even thinking about it! Another employee had to give away a Groupon voucher they purchased that expired today – and it was good for $60 off at the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant at the Carolina Inn!

We also had a long debate today about natural remedies for illness, aches and pains and if they qualify as “medical expenses” rather than grocery expenses. Are you allowed to drink medicinal tea for your sore throat? Or drink cherry juice to reduce inflammation from back pain? We’re all trying very hard to stay within the limits of the challenge, but we are certainly feeling the desperation that a lot of low-income families feel. A good reminder for anyone trying this challenge in the future – leave a few dollars, if possible, for emergencies throughout the week!

On the bright side, it seems as if we all remembered healthy choices during our meal planning phase! We all have some portion of fruits and veggies, dairy, proteins and good carbohydrates. One employee’s dinner picture showcased a lot of veggies last night, and it also happens to be an American classic (plus green beans).

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s update!

Jennifer has over 5 years of experience in the marketing industry - all of it spent in the Triangle area. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in Psychology and began working at a local marketing agency as the Office Administrator. She moved her way up in the company, eventually becoming the Director of Project Management. But marketing is her true passion, so she gladly took the opportunity to join the Thrifty team as Marketing Manager. Jenn enjoys photography as a hobby and is working on getting a website of her photos together to share with the world. She also spends most of her time chasing around her two Scottie puppies, Angus and Duncan.


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