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4/20/12 11:50 P

When I was in school, there was no Internet as we know it today. :) I googled "healthy eating on a shoestring" and got a few good hits. Try it yourself.

Here is a couple:

Also, here is a blog that may be useful:

and last but not least here on SP:


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4/20/12 12:30 P

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Hey Becca! Growing your own herbs is a great way to spice up your cheap, bland food! As far as containers I sometimes use old vegetable cans! Speaking of veggies. A great way to sneak some in for cheap are frozen vegetables. If you are cooking for one sometimes you can even make a meal out of a bag of vegetables for only a few bucks! And a great dessert or snack:can peaches! Sprinkle with cinnamon and heat up in the oven for a few minutes. Good luck! Let me know what you come up with because right now as we speak I'm eating rice and beans haha

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4/19/12 1:05 P

Hi Becca,

If you have an Asian or Indian market nearby, you can buy rice in bulk and sometimes cheaper and or legumes.

Perhaps, invest in a good protein with vitamins powder so you don't wound up with nutritional deficiencies and get sick which would impact your way of life currently.

You can grow several varieties of plants in planters if you have a place in the sun for them; seeds are cheap, I suspect you'd have to be creative with the containers and soil to put in and find it around to dig out or have someone donate it to you; perhaps you could pose this question in the Organic Gardeners SP Team.

I wish I could be of more help; I lived on macaroni and cheese for 2 years pretty literally while in grad school so I feel for you.


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Hi everyone! My name is Becca and I'm a dirt poor college student! Because I'm paying off tuition, rent, and utilities I very rarely have more than 20 - 40 dollars left over a month to buy groceries with and I'm living off a diet or rice and beans. I'm trying to jazz it up, without destroying my bank account, any ideas?

P.S. because I know someone will ask, I'm on the list for foodshare but I have to wait until they get back to me before I can recieve any food - I've been waiting for four months now. :( So for now they are not an option.

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