NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) –– Newark Mayor Cory Booker is learning the hard way the need to plan well when living on a food stamp diet.

On Day 2 of living on the equivalent of food stamps, Booker said on a video posted Wednesday on LinkedIn he forgot to buy caffeine products when he shopped Saturday for his week-long challenge. So no coffee or caffeinated soda for him for seven days.

Booker said he didn’t eat much the first day. He forgot to check his travel schedule and couldn’t access his just-under-$30 in food purchases for the week, a few bucks under the maximum he could spend.

The mayor said he quickly learned one must plan meals really carefully on a limited budget.

He recorded the video while eating dinner, a salad with rice and beans. Breakfast Wednesday was salad with chickpeas.

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