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Being broke does have its advantages

Sunday, January 12, 2014

When you have no money, there's no money for sodas, junk food, and fast food.

We're in a really tight spot right now... and by tight spot, I mean just applied for food stamps and hope it comes in soon, because we have no money for ANY healthy food broke.

I've got less than $200 to my name, and it's about to be less since I just sent the husband to the store for hot dogs, frozen pizzas, and spaghetti-os.


But it has its advantages. I can't overeat, because I can't afford to. I have to make things stretch, so my calorie budget IS my food budget. I want my cheese to last, so only 1 oz goes on my salad. I'm using leftovers I'd usually ignore, because well, I can't afford to throw them away. Leftover turkey is also awesome on salad.

It does mean I'm going to have to settle for less-than-awesome choices, but I'll survive. And supplement with healthy things when I can.

I just have to survive until tax time, but man, this is crappy. Haven't been this broke in years.


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    hang in there
    1901 days ago
    Keep your head up and know that you are not alone. My family has been in the same spot before too. Check out your local food banks and churches. I know that it's hard to do but you are strong. You will get through this. Blessings to you and yours.

    1911 days ago
    You'll pull through. Money is always a stressor. Way to look on the bright side though!
    1922 days ago
    I've been there. Beans, eggs, and tortillas were my friends, and I learned that some canned veggies will do in a real pinch.

    Making your own bread might help, if you can find a store that sells the yeast in one-pound bags. (For reasons I will never understand, a pound of yeast in a foil bag costs half of what you pay for 4 ounces in a jar and only a few pennies more than 1.5 ounces in a paper strip.) Google "no-knead bread" and you can find recipes that take 5 minutes of work and $1 or $2 worth of flour to make 4 small loaves. You can store the dough in the fridge for 2 weeks and shape and bake it as you need it. It works for homemade pizza crust, too.

    And since you mentioned surviving until tax time... Have you considered that as a possible revenue stream? H & R Block is always looking for off-hours tax "counselors"-- people who are too scared to do their own simple tax returns come in and pay to have you enter their information in TurboTax, essentially. It doesn't require an accounting degree or anything; they train you and anyone who can do their own taxes can manage the job. I'm sure need people to do it on line, too. It's worth looking into; you might be able to do two hours a day and earn enough to put food on the table, if not gas in the car. I can see you doing really well at that, since it's mostly a matter of staying calm and making nervous people feel more comfortable.
    1923 days ago
    emoticon so sorry to hear that you've hit a rough patch, this too shall pass. Keep your head up, you WILL get through the crap!
    1923 days ago
  • DEE797
    1923 days ago
    So sorry to hear about your struggles - have you checked with local food pantries about what they could offer? I used to grow food in my garden for my local food bank in my old town, and they had programs in place with the local farms to collect fresh produce to stock the pantry. Not sure if there would be something for you that could assist, but it might help.
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  • JUNETTA2002
    You can do this.
    1923 days ago
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