Monday, April 16, 2018

Baguette and Croissant Fund

I have a tea biscuit tin, a gift from DD1's English friend, the biscuits inside have long been enjoyed. It seems a great place to throw change in for vacation expenses. If you've been reading my blog, you know I get a huge amount of pleasure on the planning, some might say adnauseum, the little details of my trips. Still, I won't deny myself this pleasure. I like to assign little challenges  with meaning. I've decided to use the tea biscuit change as my source for "free" baguettes and croissants while we are in Paris. Of course they are not really free, but the change being thrown in the can is not missed, so it will feel like we are not even tapping into the vacation budget. As I write this, the exchange rate is 1.23  Dollars = 1 Euro. I have $14.27 in the canister, which converted to 11.34 Euros. Not one to miss a detail, I found this article, 5 Best Croissants in Paris  and each price the delicious pastry at between 1 and 1.2 Euros. My change so far will yield each member of my family two of the flaky treats each.


Not from France, but a French style baguette-from Walmart.

Baguette's might help my canister fund go even farther. Typically, I've researched, a boulangerie will sell a fresh baked baguette for around 1 Euro. Two of these hard crusty loaves, soft and delicious in the inside, will easily do for our family of five, particularly if we have  a jar of jam and a pot of coffee and carafe of orange juice. We'll be set for breakfast for the first five days of our trip. All of us are fresh bread fiends, so I can see us popping in and grabbing a few just as a mid morning snack. I'll give an update once a month and see how many carbs we can guilt free, at least in terms of money, incorporate into our days.


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  1. Love your bread fund...I hear Italy has pretty good pastries too so hope to do the same keeping our budget on track that way with some meat added for our body building adult kids.

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    1. I bet you are very right on Italian pastries Why do carbs taste so good!

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  2. Pretty sure French carbs have a different dietary exchange rate than American carbs, so you go and eat all the baugettes you want!

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    1. I figure my carb calories to calories burned per step ratio will keep me in check. I don't plan to miss out on this experience though over a few extra sit ups later.

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  3. I love pretty tins too. I like to put cakes/pastries in them when I make them as a gift, to the point of stupidity actually as I even buy cookies etc. (particularly at London airports) just to get the tin. Sad aren't I? I used to have a life and now I collect tins! But I love your baguette tin idea. I do that with 5 Swiss franc coins - it quickly adds up and it really does feel like free money!

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    1. I have another one from a tea company, still with tea, so not sure what I'll do with that. We bought to candy tins in the UK-a bus and a phone booth. They are banks now for DD2.

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  4. You will be served bread at every meal and it is the best bread ever!

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    1. I had the wonderful job of being the bread retiever when I was an exchange student in Provence. The little sister and I biked into town and bought two baguetttes almost daily-sometimes 3 or 4. I think it might be my favorite thing to think aobut for the trip. Now that's a carb addict talking.

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