Recently we had a lot of big expenses all at once, some we were ready for and others, not so much. We found ourselves with a long weekend and not enough money to get a real grocery shop so I pulled out all the stops and dove right into living on what was in the cupboards and the fridge which already wasn’t very much and made it to payday. Well almost, tomorrow’s payday and this is my fridge this morning but I have enough money to get some groceries for tonight and then we get paid tomorrow!
A long weekend with my husband home and no food and I managed to do it because I know about food. It isn’t just about stretching a buck, it’s about how to get the most out of what I have for as long as I can. There were no huge sacrifices this weekend by staying in since it either snowed or rained the majority of the long weekend. Yes, I said snow. It’s always snowing here. There was a lot of playing Warcraft going on, catching up on shows we had recorded since there has been a lot of good and new TV on for once and I did my best to prevent us from feeling like we were going without. It was not until yesterday that we went back to our poor roots when I had to make up some Kraft Dinner and no-name Kool-Aid (real Kool-Aid has sodium in it, yuck!). To my credit, there were fresh herbs and frozen vegetables in the KD so I feel less guilty for it than usual.
After that we indulged in homemade Martha’s Peanut Butter and Toffee Cookies and tea which made us feel like royalty. I actually used big milk chocolate chunks from a giant chocolate bar we got for Christmas. Last night I used the last of the vegetables we had and defrosted and cooked the last of the chicken from my freezer and added ginger and red chili pepper flakes to a rib sauce to pretend like it was for a stir fry. Not bad on rice!
When you know how to stretch what you have because you have knowledge of food and what to do with it, you can get through the tough times without sacrificing your health. I of course do not recommend using KD or no-name Kool Aid unless absolutely necessary, LOL. Times are hard. I truly believe that the more we know about food, the better our lives are. The more we can do to get through our hardships and still feel well fed and perhaps a little prosperous. When we eat warm homemade cookies with tea, it is harder to feel poor.