Eating on a budget


A couple things on caught my eye today. There is a lot of discussion going on about eating on a budget. MSN even talked about the food stamp thing going around on how to eat on $4 a day. I want to start by telling you that as a former county worker who determined eligibility for food assistance, the myth surrounding food assistance is not correct. The article states that if a family of 4 is not working they will receive around $680 or something like that. Well, when you are receiving food assistance, it is a supplemental program, this amount was never intended to be your entire budget, but when I look at $680 for a family of 4 I actually cringe.  I have had 4 people in my house for the past 2 summers and I spent no where near that much per month on food. Food assistance is only supposed to supplement 70% of your food expense for the month, so you are responsible to pay at least 30% of your food costs (more if you make more money).

One article listed these 7 items to buy if you are broke:

  • Brown Rice
  • Dried Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Green Veggies
  • Frozen Veggies
  • Peanut Butter
  • Protein Bars (supposed to eat them every 3 hours so you get your protein and stay full???)

Another article says you can eat on $1.50 a day if you eat these items:

  • Oats
  • Lentils
  • Potatoes
  • Frozen Veggies
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Peanut Butter
  • Ramen noodles

See the similarities?  I think I blogged about making dried beans for the first time back in January, they were good, but I was curious to see what else was out there as far as recipes for dried beans.  I found a great one at:

I am definitely going to try this recipe.

I don’t know how much I actually spend at the grocery (I know, not good), but it is no where near what other people do. I also use coupons and only buy something if I am going to use it, it is on sale and I have a coupon (or if it is a staple).  Basically both articles talked about being creative especially with the rice and pasta. You can do a lot with Ramen noodles also. All of this food talk is making me hungry, going to eat some beans and cornbread.




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