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I "get it" its really hard out there to just make it these days I too was a working mother with 3 kids and came home exhausted.. had to feed everybody.. get them ready for bed, do homework, errands to run.. so we ran out or called in for "fast food" THIS is why we were BROKE... here are some EASY IDEAS that almost anyone can do!!! 1) get out your CROCK POT and have food prepared the night before put in fridge.. before you leave for work. turn crock pot on and a nice hot meal will be waiting for family 2) neighbor "cook and share" have a friend or relative cook for you during week extra portions....you cook for them when its your turn! (think friends from church? neighbors? friends that live close?) 3) one of my favorites! "cook ahead meals".. ZIP LOCK FREEZER BAGS ARE YOUR FRIENDS!!!!! When you do cook on the weekends large meals.. chilies, soups, spaghetti, meatloaf??? what ever.. make a double or triple batch and let it cool.. store in freezer bags or plastic tubs in the fridge... when its time to eat on a busy night.. have a few freezer meals on thaw in the fridge on busy weeks.. just reheat in oven or stove for a hot meal! 4) save all fridge scraps for refrigerator soups,,,, save any bones/skin/fat from meat (chicken beef pork) in a zip lock bag for the week.... one night... warm up meat scraps and remove fat/skin bones.. Add your fridge leftovers.. MMMMMMMM good... no 2 batches are ever the same. cheap and easy! 5) eat cereals or "breakfast foods" some nights for a fast treat (scrambled egg tacos?) fast and easy 6) Grow a patio garden or small back yard container garden.. ANYONE ANYONE... CAN GROW TOMATOES AND LETTUCE ON THEIR PATIO.. Some companies even make indoor table light gardens.. fresh food is cheap and easy
Originally posted by zonetripper2065
Grew up too poor to order food. We had food for about 3 days every month, then 2 weeks of slim pickin's and the last week of the month was pretty much nothing but water tainted with sulfur and iron. What I'm saying is, starve...you'll survive.
edit on 13-5-2013 by zonetripper2065 because: (no reason given)
For the record, portion control is the primary way that restaurants control their food costs. Most people in the western world are overfed to begin with. Finding a balance to portions as well as balancing out the processed, sugary, and meats in ones diet is not only financially sound advice, it's also healthy.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by MarioOnTheFly
Wow... I don't quite know what to say to that level of compassion. Not everyone who has kids, has the good life for all 18 years of raising them? Perhaps not having offspring..regardless of your financial position, may be a good idea. I'd hate to think that level of coldness is spread. Darwin would be horrified.
Thanks for the thread and the idea! My wife just got a nice crock pot here recently after talking me into it and I wish we'd done it much sooner. A garden doesn't work for us, but it sure does allow for cooking a very nice meal for a fraction of eating out and with creativity which isn't very realistic without it.
I can share something that helped us both through tough times when we'd first met. It's a 'starving student' menu option, but it worked for us. Good old Ramen noodles
We used to look forward to a couple packages of those with bread and spaghetti sauce. Oh, not the little flavor blocks that come with them. Yick. They formed the noodle base for a budget pot of spaghetti though and it was real good stuff. Maybe it was the also the times and care put into making it that made the difference.....but while I know I've heard people laugh at the idea of eating them, as if second hand food....I look over at our supply shelves and see a few cases of them with Prego sauce line up next to them, today.
Old habits and fall backs die hard, eh? ...and you're right. Times are pretty tough for a good % of the nation right now. Times I don't think many of us thought we'd see come quite like this, at this point in life. Falling back to the basics is a good thing to recall about now, isn't it?
* Oh... and what we still enjoy today. Never underestimate the humble potato. An ingredient with a hundred uses and the center for many a meal!
So who else has some ideas? Lets keep it going!edit on 13-5-2013 by Wrabbit2000 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by TFCJay
Coupons! My wife saves allot of money by cutting coupons and shopping where the sales are.