$40 a Day

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$40 a Day
40aDay-logo.jpg
Title card from 2002 to 2003
Genre Travel, food
Created by Rachael Ray
Starring Rachael Ray
Theme music composer Jonathan Merrill
Killer Tracks
Opening theme "Money Money Money"
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 77
Production
Executive producer(s) Allison Page
Tara Sandler
Jennifer Davidson
Scott Templeton
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Pie Town Productions
Broadcast
Original channel Food Network
Original run April 1, 2002 – December 12, 2005
External links
Website

$40 a Day is a Food Network show hosted by Rachael Ray.[1] In each episode, Rachael takes a one-day trip to an American, Canadian, or European city with only US$40 to spend on food. While touring the city, she finds restaurants to go to (often based on local recommendations), and usually manages to fit three meals and some sort of snack or after-dinner drink into her small budget.

The show premiered on April 1, 2002, five months after the debut of 30 Minute Meals, making it her second show on the Food Network. Some clips are sometimes used in Ray's later series, Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels. Another Food Network series, Giada's Weekend Getaways starring Giada De Laurentiis, is similar in format. In 2010, The Travel Channel began airing reruns of the show. As of 2013, the show is no longer in reruns on the Travel Channel.

Details[edit]

According to Ray, visiting a fast food restaurant, particularly those of national chains, is considered cheating (she says so explicitly in the Orlando episode). On occasion, smaller sit-down restaurant chains (such as Bahama Breeze in the Las Vegas episode, or Bongos in the South Beach episode) are visited. Generally, non-food items and non-food-related activities are not included in her budget.

Rachael always offers tips on what to see in the various cities, as well as hints on how to save money and find bargains while traveling. She also emphasizes researching whatever city she plans to visit through the Internet and asking the local citizens for their recommendations.

Initially, Rachael only used item prices against her $40 limit. She started including applicable taxes and tips during the first season. On occasion, she does go over budget; however, during her trips to Philadelphia and Arizona, she did so on purpose. Her cheapest day was in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2003, when she spent just under $25 USD including taxes and tips (at the time, less than $40 Canadian, although she budgeted for $40 USD). On occasions, she has had to get creative to stay on-budget; for example, she accidentally blew half her budget on her second meal in her first Miami episode.

The pilot, shot in Los Angeles, had a 12-hour limit, but subsequent episodes raised it to 24 hours. Usually episodes begin in the morning with breakfast, occasionally brunch. Episodes almost always feature four paid meals, but on at least one occasion, in the Research Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC), she did five meals. Also on rare occasion, only three meals are paid, and a fourth ends up being free. On only one occasion, in Antigua, she partook of a hotel's free Continental breakfast, but she still did four paid meals in that episode.

On her first visit to Las Vegas during the first season, Rachael began with dinner and stayed overnight, ending with breakfast.

She did several episodes in Europe when the euro was still valued less than the U.S. dollar. She has not visited Europe since the U.S. dollar has fallen under the euro in value. She has also visited several island locales, including Bermuda and Antigua, both of which generally accept the U.S. dollar.

Ray has occasionally drawn controversy when some meals end up calculating with less-than-traditional tips.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
1 1 "Los Angeles" Tara Sandler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
April 1, 2002 (2002-04-01) AD1A01
2 2 "Napa" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
April 24, 2002 (2002-04-24) AD1A03
3 3 "Florida Keys" Wade Sheeler
Courtney MacGregor
Peter Field
Rachael Ray
May 1, 2002 (2002-05-01) AD1A06
4 4 "Vancouver" Wade Sheeler
Courtney MacGregor
Peter Field
Rachael Ray
May 15, 2002 (2002-05-15) AD1A08
5 5 "San Francisco" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
May 22, 2002 (2002-05-22) AD1A02
6 6 "Orlando" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
May 29, 2002 (2002-05-29) AD1A05
7 7 "Seattle" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
June 5, 2002 (2002-06-05) AD1A09
8 8 "Miami" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
June 12, 2002 (2002-06-12) AD1A07
9 9 "Monterey" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
June 19, 2002 (2002-06-19) AD1A04
10 10 "Portland" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
June 26, 2002 (2002-06-26) AD1A10
11 11 "San Diego" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
July 10, 2002 (2002-07-10) AD1A12
12 12 "Las Vegas" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
July 17, 2002 (2002-07-17) AD1A11
13 13 "Santa Barbara" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
July 28, 2002 (2002-07-28) AD1A13
14 14 "Rome" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
August 14, 2002 (2002-08-14) AD1A17
15 15 "Paris" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
October 2, 2002 (2002-10-02) AD1A14
16 16 "Amsterdam" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
October 9, 2002 (2002-10-09) AD1A16
17 17 "Cooperstown" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
October 16, 2002 (2002-10-16) AD1A26
18 18 "Florence" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
October 23, 2002 (2002-10-23) AD1A19
19 19 "Charleston" Lesley Mayer Peter Field
Rachael Ray
October 28, 2002 (2002-10-28) AD1A21
20 20 "Tuscany" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
November 6, 2002 (2002-11-06) AD1A18
21 21 "Savannah" Lesley Mayer Peter Field
Rachael Ray
November 28, 2002 (2002-11-28) AD1A20
22 22 "Atlanta" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
December 4, 2002 (2002-12-04) AD1A22
23 23 "New York City" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
January 8, 2003 (2003-01-08) AD1A25
24 24 "Philadelphia" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
January 15, 2003 (2003-01-15) AD1A24
25 25 "Washington, D.C." Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
January 29, 2003 (2003-01-29) AD1A23
26 26 "Brussels" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
February 12, 2003 (2003-02-12) AD1A15

Season 2[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
1 27 "Dallas" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
March 7, 2003 (2003-03-07) AD1B07
2 28 "Vermont" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
April 23, 2003 (2003-04-23) AD1B01
3 29 "Oahu" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
April 30, 2003 (2003-04-30) AD1B04
4 30 "Cape Cod" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
May 14, 2003 (2003-05-14) AD1B02
5 31 "Hawaii" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
May 21, 2003 (2003-05-21) AD1B05
6 32 "Boston" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
May 28, 2003 (2003-05-28) AD1B03
7 33 "Corpus Christi" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
June 4, 2003 (2003-06-04) AD1B09
8 34 "Memphis" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
June 11, 2003 (2003-06-11) AD1B10
9 35 "Maui" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
June 18, 2003 (2003-06-18) AD1B06
10 36 "Austin" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
June 25, 2003 (2003-06-25) AD1B08
11 37 "New Orleans" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
July 2, 2003 (2003-07-02) AD1B11
12 38 "Nashville" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
July 9, 2003 (2003-07-09) AD1B12
13 39 "Laguna Beach" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
July 23, 2003 (2003-07-23) AD1B13
14 40 "Sedona" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
September 3, 2003 (2003-09-03) AD1B15
15 41 "Palm Springs" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
September 10, 2003 (2003-09-10) AD1B14
16 42 "Milwaukee" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
September 17, 2003 (2003-09-17) AD1B17
17 43 "Tucson" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
September 24, 2003 (2003-09-24) AD1B16
18 44 "Chicago" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
October 8, 2003 (2003-10-08) AD1B18
19 45 "Montreal" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
December 10, 2003 (2003-12-10) AD1B24
20 46 "Denver" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
January 7, 2004 (2004-01-07) AD1B21
21 47 "Aspen" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
January 21, 2004 (2004-01-21) AD1B22
22 48 "Portland" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
February 25, 2004 (2004-02-25) AD1B23
23 49 "Santa Fe" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
March 10, 2004 (2004-03-10) AD1B20
24 50 "Adirondacks" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
April 2, 2004 (2004-04-02) AD1B25
25 51 "Cleveland" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
April 9, 2004 (2004-04-09) AD1B19
26 52 "Saratoga" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
April 16, 2004 (2004-04-16) AD1B26

Season 3[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
1 53 "Park City" Wade Sheeler Peter Field
Rachael Ray
August 20, 2004 (2004-08-20) AD1C02
2 54 "Grand Canyon" Don Colliver Peter Field
Rachael Ray
August 27, 2004 (2004-08-27) AD1C04
3 55 "Durham" Don Colliver Peter Field
Rachael Ray
August 29, 2004 (2004-08-29) AD1C08
4 56 "Las Vegas" Don Colliver Peter Field
Rachael Ray
September 10, 2004 (2004-09-10) AD1C05
5 57 "Bermuda" Don Colliver Peter Field
Rachael Ray
September 24, 2004 (2004-09-24) AD1C06
6 58 "Sun Valley" Wade Sheeler
Don Colliver
Peter Field
Rachael Ray
October 15, 2004 (2004-10-15) AD1C01
7 59 "Chattanooga" Wade Sheeler
Don Colliver
Peter Field
Rachael Ray
October 29, 2004 (2004-10-29) AD1C10
8 60 "Hilton Head" Don Colliver Peter Field
Rachael Ray
November 12, 2004 (2004-11-12) AD1C07
9 61 "Asheville" Don Colliver Peter Field
Rachael Ray
November 19, 2004 (2004-11-19) AD1C09
10 62 "Telluride" Don Colliver Peter Field
Rachael Ray
November 26, 2004 (2004-11-26) AD1C03
11 63 "Newport" Don Colliver Peter Field
Rachael Ray
December 17, 2004 (2004-12-17) AD1C12
12 64 "Martha's Vineyard" Wade Sheeler
Don Colliver
Peter Field
Rachael Ray
January 7, 2005 (2005-01-07) AD1C13
13 65 "The Hamptons" Don Colliver Peter Field
Rachael Ray
April 22, 2005 (2005-04-22) AD1C11

Season 4[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
1 66 "Mystic" Don Colliver Peter Field
Rachael Ray
January 21, 2005 (2005-01-21) AD1D02
2 67 "Nantucket" Don Colliver Peter Field
Rachael Ray
February 4, 2005 (2005-02-04) AD1D01
3 68 "Salem" Don Colliver Peter Field
Rachael Ray
February 18, 2005 (2005-02-18) AD1D03
4 69 "Jackson Hole" Wade Sheeler
Don Colliver
Peter Field
Rachael Ray
April 12, 2005 (2005-04-12) AD1D06
5 70 "Mount Rushmore" Wade Sheeler
Don Colliver
Peter Field
Rachael Ray
April 19, 2005 (2005-04-19) AD1D07
6 71 "Ashland" Wade Sheeler
Don Colliver
Peter Field
Rachael Ray
May 3, 2005 (2005-05-03) AD1D05
7 72 "Coos Bay" Wade Sheeler
Don Colliver
Peter Field
Rachael Ray
May 13, 2005 (2005-05-13) AD1D04
8 73 "South Beach" Don Colliver Peter Field
Rachael Ray
June 10, 2005 (2005-06-10) AD1D09
9 74 "Ft. Lauderdale" Don Colliver Peter Field
Rachael Ray
July 8, 2005 (2005-07-08) AD1D10
10 75 "San Juan" Don Colliver Peter Field
Rachael Ray
July 22, 2005 (2005-07-22) AD1D11
11 76 "Antigua" Don Colliver Peter Field
Rachael Ray
August 12, 2005 (2005-08-12) AD1D12
12 77 "New York City" Don Colliver Peter Field
Rachael Ray
December 2, 2005 (2005-12-02) AD1D08

References[edit]

  1. ^ "$40 a Day". Food Network. Archived from the original on 7 January 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 

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