Everyone dies. Not everyone lives.

So I’m sitting here in the Denver airport for my 6 hour layover before flying to San Diego, which gives me time to think, and worry and be beyond excited and hopeful. Worried and nervous because I won’t be with anyone I know, hopeful because I know I will meet awesome people and make new friends and excited because this time tomorrow I will be hiking my first 20 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail!

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I can see the Rocky Mountains from the airport and that is getting me pumped for my mountain adventure!

Calories Per Dollar Spreadsheet.

I’m not rich. I can’t afford to buy expensive energy bars, loads of beef jerky or super organic vegan nom nom meals. Not that I have anything against them, they are just generally more expensive and I’m just looking for cheap tasty bulk nom noms. So I went to Sam’s Club and wrote down the prices of items, the amount of servings in the boxes, and the calories per serving. Then I simply multiplied the amount of servings and the calories per serving then divided by the total price of the item to get a calories per dollar number so I can figure out what will provide me the most energy at the least cost. When surveying potential tasty looking foodstuffs I also put things I know are lower in calories on the food list such as beef jerky because I want that for the protein, not calories. This is by no means the only food I’m buying. These are mostly just high energy items and not good providers of protein andĀ vitamins. Here you go!

Item Quantity Price Calories Cal/$
Cliff Bar 24 17.82 6000 336
Gonisto Cookie 26 7.48 5460 729
Pinguinos Cupcake 24 7.48 3840 513
Barritas 22 7.68 5500 716
Rice Crispies Mini 80 9.98 3600 360
York 175 11.43 8700 761
Laffy Taffy 145 6.22 5040 810
Babe Ruth 24 11.49 6720 584
Payday 24 11.49 5760 501
Hersheys Bar 36 18.65 7920 424
Reeses Fastbreak 36 19.88 9360 470
Peanut M&Ms 48 24.64 12000 487
Mixed Nuts 34 oz 11.76 5780 491
Cashews 33 oz 13.48 5280 391
Sour Patch 24 12.64 5040 398
Swedish Fish 24 12.64 4800 379
Reeses Pieces 48 oz 8.88 6460 727
Mike and Ike 4.5 lbs 7.47 7140 955
Snickers 48 23.65 12000 507
Combos 18 5.81 4320 743
Lance Crackers 36 8.68 7560 870
Gmas Cookies 33 10.18 10560 1037
M&M Cookies 30 9.17 7500 817
Nutter Butters 24 8.14 6000 737
Moon Pies 24 7.56 7200 952
Oreos 10 pack 8.16 4400 539
Fig Newtons 24 8.14 5040 619
Planters Mixed Nuts 56 oz 13.98 9690 693
Jack Links 12 bags 1.25 oz 11.36 1200 105
Jack Links Peppered 3 bag 4 oz 11.37 960 84
Slim Jims 100 15.63 4000 255
Gardettos 36 9.88 8280 838
Chex Mix 36 9.78 7200 736
Ritz 56 oz 6.98 8000 1146
Ritz Bitz 30 9.88 6600 668
Sunkist Fruit Snacks 64 8.98 5120 570
Kelloggs Fruit Snacks 70 8.98 4900 545
PB Pretzles 44 oz 5.98 6150 1028
Pistachios 24 oz 14.98 3680 245
Almonds 48 oz 12.98 8100 624
Peanuts 52 oz 7.68 9010 1173
Chocolate Covered Pom Bits 2 lbs 9.98 3910 391
Yogurt Granola 22 oz 4.91 2660 541
Chex Mix 40 oz 5.98 4680 782
Peanut Butter 80 oz 9.16 26600 2903
Cheerios 2 boxes 5.55 4000 720
Nature Valley Bars 30 7.98 5700 714
Special K Red Berries 2 lbs 5 oz 7.45 3740 502
Honey Bunches of Oats 3 lbs 6.35 5590 880
Granola 2 lbs 6.48 4370 674
Craisins 48 oz 6.84 4420 646
Raisins 3.75 lbs 7.67 5460 711
Flax Granola 36 oz 8.27 4680 565
Rice Crispie Treats 40 7.98 4000 501
Chewy Bars 48 6.01 4800 798
Nature Valley Bars Variety 30 7.58 5700 751
Fiber One 24 6.98 3360 481
Sweet and Salty Nut Bars Almond 30 8.48 4800 566
Sweet and Salty Nut Bars Peanut 30 7.74 5100 658
Greek Yogurt Bars 18 9.48 3420 360
Nutella 2 lbs 6.98 5400 773
Fruit Squeeze Applesauce 16 7.88 1280 162
Gel Fruit Cup 16 7.7 1600 207
Coconut Oil 28oz 8.68 6720 774
Pecans 2 lbs 12.88 6080 472
Walnuts 2 lbs 11.74 6000 511
Pine Nuts 15 oz 14.88 3080 206
Croutons 2 lbs 5.88 3870 658
Tortilla 40 oz 4.98 2000 401
Honey Buns 12 3.99 4080 1022
Muffins 15 7.48 6000 802
Variety Buns 16 7.99 7920 991
Iced Honey Buns 12 5.98 6840 1143
French Fried Onions 1.5 lbs 6.28 4365 695
Gatoraid 4 lbs 12 oz 9.98 7520 753