Hi there Dogbeard:
I too know the plight of the financially challenged. My only income is social security and it is SO hard to eat healthy on a limited budget. I try, but it's like the odds are against us. I make a LOT of soup and, when it gets low, I add more things to it so it will stretch further. I don't have anyone to bring me food, but where I live we have someone come in and sign us all up for free vouchers for the local farmer's market in the summer months. I try to use coupons, but most of them seem to be for name brands....which I do like....but it's cheaper even with coupons to get the off brands.
I'm not really big on cooking large amounts and freezing them. I don't have that large a freezer to put that much in it.....so I end up eating soup for days and days and days and....well you get the idea. I would LOVE to eat salads, lots of fruit and things we should eat to be healthy, but that's too expensive too. Plus, with just me, it's hard to keep them fresh for very long....I have to eat them all up right away or they wilt or spoil....then I have the rest of the month with not much veggies.
I'd love to get more tips here on what to eat that's healthy AND cheap. (Do those two words actually go together???....I'm not sure they do.) When I had my house, I had a huge garden and could eat from that all summer, but that's in the past. If you hear of any good suggestions, let me know. I'd appreciate it very much. Sometimes I have a hard time navigating on this site at times because there's so many places to go.
Here's a laugh for you. I ran out of food AND money in June and had to go to a food bank and one of the things I received was a leg of lamb roast. So....I put it in the crock pot with some good seasonings and spices....then as it dwindled down, I kept on adding things to stretch it further....first a big bag of frozen peas....then some potatoes (even a sweet potato I had left)....then a can of chopped tomatoes and an onion. That good ole' pot of lamb is now still 3/4 of the way full. I'm running out of things to add to it though. But I was proud of making it stretch so far. I think I've been eating out of that one pot for the 4th day now.
Be blessed and have a happy, safe 4th of July holiday. I'll probably watch the fireworks on TV, but I don't mind that much. My little dog likes them too....at a distance like TV. Not close where she can actually hear them.
Your new friend on SP, Shirley from Illinois
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