Eating well on a budget

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I was a working single mom… Well, sometimes I wasn’t working and we were on food stamps (now SNAP).

Even so, we always ate well. I would even have money left over from the monthly SNAP allowance. I personally don’t understand why its not enough for most people.

Some of the reasons might be –

I didn’t buy much in the way of ice cream, cakes, cookies, chips, or pop.

I can make one chicken breast feed 2 or 3 people.

I had my meatless spaghetti or fake baked mostaccioli that we ate quite a bit.

If we did get a rotisserie chicken, it fed us twice and then I made chicken soup.

If I made a ham for a holiday dinner, I would use the bone to make split pea soup.

I bought a variety of foods that could be put together in different combinations. I am a little ADHD.

Even to this day, my main shopping list remains pretty much the same –

  • Chicken
  • Pork chops
  • Ground beef
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Broccoli
  • Onions
  • Cheeses
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Tuna
  • Beans
  • Pasta
  • Canned petite diced tomatoes
  • Breads and rolls
  • Peanut butter
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Basic baking stuff – flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pure vanilla extract, chocolate chips, powdered sugar…
  • Jiffy devil’s food cake mix
  • Condiments – bbq sauce, ketchup, mustard, pickles, mayo, salad dressings, etc.

I’ll keep things like a bag of fries, or breakfast sausage in the freezer.

Many times I don’t need to buy all of this every week. These are the things I always want to keep on hand. I keep kaiser rolls in the freezer. I cut french bread into meal sized portions and freeze.

Then from there, I would add fruit and maybe green peppers or some other vegetables. Sometimes steak. Sometimes potatoes, or sweet potatoes.

I’ll bet the cake mix raised a few eyebrows. It made a quick little dessert. We ate it with no frosting. It was just enough to satisfy a sweet tooth. Just a once in a while thing, but good to have on hand.

Yesterday I was running errands with a friend. We stopped at Wendy’s. My burger, fries and Frosty were over $9. (Hey, if I’m going to do it, might as well go all out…) For that money I could put out steak, baked potato, and steamed broccoli for 2.

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Eating fresh food tastes better, will keep you thin, healthy, and full of energy, and costs less.

I’ve often said that if you eat the way I do that its impossible to gain weight. And I sure don’t eat like a bird!

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