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originally posted by: Yeahkeepwatchingme
If I was in that situation it would be best to be vegetarian. I'm already one so it's surprising how cheap veggies are compared to meats. I consume mostly rice and beans, various veggies and a lot of raw fruit. But that's just me. If you have the time maybe you can garden, find a food kitchen that lets you take home stuff in containers or gives bags away in packages (lots of places only have sit down meals and then allow a sandwich or so to be wrapped up but others let you take back tons). Or if you don't already, try stretching meals with broths, or more noodles, ruffage compared to the more expensive ingredients.
If you get tired of eating the same stuff, try preparing it differently. Or utilizing cheap spices and herbs like the dried ones. I don't know your situation at all but I feel very bad that you have only that to live off of. Despite these programs being in effect, this economy leaves little alternative and a lot of people on them can't find work at all, or work that's enough to sustain them.
Can everybody start organizing communities and start planting food in vacant lots, lawns, etc? Can you imagine how much food a dedicated, informed group of people with the right tools can grow on vacant land that's been that way for years? In nearly every neighborhood there's land that's been untouched, left open or used for discarded junk. Heck, get all the gardeners and tell everyone it's food for the poor and needy, if you want to help in your spare time go ahead.
Sorry for being off topic lol. This is a good thread. Gets me thinking.
originally posted by: Flesh699
OP I applaud you. I work in the grocery buisness and it has made me bitter. Fat greasy scum bags come into the store I work at with their twelve kids and bulging bellies, ...... Like they're owed it all or something. They're never nice and 99% of the time have glistening new cars. So I applaud you for actually being a thoughtful and decent person.
originally posted by: Iamthatbish
Think about this though, if I came through your isle with coconut shavings, coconut oil and dark chocolate drops in the mist of all my veggies would your first thought be I shouldn't be making candy? That's what I do with it, I make candy with those ingredients. Its still junk food, just minus all the processing poison.
originally posted by: Hr2burn
I have heard if you have kids, the amount you get goes up exponentially. Again, it's like the government wants you to have kids you can't afford to take care of. I have always made my way on my own. It scares the cr@p out of me thinking that one day I will be on social security. I am doing all the preps I can so I won't be at the governments mercy, although I have put a BUTT load into taxes and S.S.
originally posted by: Lyxdeslic
... He bought:
1 small container of chicken.
2 SMALL generic brand cans of chicken broth.
1 box of gluten free noodles (I am allergic to gluten so this was necessary.)
And as an extra, bought a bag of generic popsicles.
On his receipt it was 50 dollars. He was mortified.
It was good, and after a few bowls of it every day for a couple days, I felt a lot better. But 50 dollars for 5 items?
originally posted by: fleabit
Also, those #'s seem low for assistance. The average last year I believe was around 135.00 - that's for a single person. So at 110.00.. that's well below average. I think the max you can get is around 190.00 for one person. So.. I guess bad luck for the 110.00 person.. he is not the norm. Not that 25 more bucks would make a huge difference, but it helps. It is just assistance after all. Keep in mind those who often get these benefits, often are elderly, disabled, etc... and also receive other benefits as well.
The only thing I can suggest is take up a trade where you won't be making minimum wage. Just do a bit of research. There are plenty of companies out there that start their employees at 10.00 + bucks an hour. Or even better, go through a temp agency. You are golden if you do this - they stupidly overcharge the employer paying for that employee - you work your butt off, you get hired, and at a very decent rate, since to the employer, you are now a bargain.