posted on May, 26 2011 @ 01:10 AM
1. Talk to local govt. first to see what foodstamps, etc., you qualify for. You are the person those programs were designed for, so don't rule them
2. Talk to a local mosque, synagogue or church. Ask them to connect you to any non-government food pantries or assistance with utilities in your
area. Frequently, you'll get better food from the local food pantry than from the govt.
More importantly, see if they participate in a network called "Angel Food Ministries" which buys restaurant-grade food off a vendor truck, and sells
it in bulk at cost to ... folks like you. Seriously, you can get most of a months groceries for a whole family for 75 bucks. I made this its own
item. It is probably the most useful piece of information on this whole thread. ANYONE is elligible, regardless of your own income. It is churches
setting up their own distribution network, which keeps the vendors in volume orders that help pay to keep the trucks running even when their
restaurant business is slow. you buying from them makes cheap food accessible for other families also.
3. cut out all processed food. By raw food and process it yourself. An entire ham where I live is about 28 bucks if you buy the spiral sliced
kind---but only 14 dollars if you cut it up yourself. And it provides the meat of maybe 10 packets of lunchmeat, saving you at least half the money
you'd have spent on lunchmeat. And ham in particular is a meat that freezes well.
4. Consider where you can garden. A community garden will waive fees for the needy. Or just a space between houses. Potatoes grow well in
"virgin" ground, and produce all summer long. You don't have to store them until you dig 'em.
5. Picking berries. The end of may is prime pickin' season. it comes free, instead of in plastic trays at 5 dollars a pint in the grocery. I know
a blueberry farm in Tx that will let you pick your own for a dollar a quart.
6. Visit a butcher shop
Most local butchers also sell milk and eggs at cost, to get you to shop with them instead of going to the supermarket. Look at the briskets--another
meat that freezes well, and will cost less that 2 bucks a pound, if you can cook it, which is easy. All your meat should be coming from there,
7. Try a farmer's market or flea market
The produce is often way cheaper than a grocery store.
8. Rabbits are easier than squirrel.
Particularly cotton-tail, which children can hunt without even using a gun. Raising your own rabbits is a better solution, but I didn't see whether
you have a back yard where you can keep the hutch. They are quieter than chickens....
If you have the time, this can add some protein to the diet. And if you don't mind adding the occasional turtle to your pot, you're in real
business. A lot of fishing holes wont produce because they are full of snapping turtles; but in the south, that is a solution of its own.
This is a lot better when there is snow on the ground. I grew up hard, in Texas. Where trucks "drive blind" in a blizzard. They hit a lot of
stray cows and deer, but you never see that many carcasses unless the weather is hot. Why is that?
Note: the use of a pick-up truck as a sporting weapon is illegal in most states.