One of the first things that you do in any survival situation is take an inventory of what you have to use. Than you discard the things that you will not use to cut back on bulk. Remember poverty is any enemy just as if it was holding a gun to your head. Sometimes to fight this enemy you must be willing and able to move at a moments notice. But this project is about cooking with practically no money. So every Friday after my wife Kansa and I get paid, we pay our bills and what is left over goes to our food budget. That means $50.00 at the most. After all we still need to buy Gas for the car to get paid little more than nothing only to start the cycle over the next week.
Start by planing a menu. The menu helps people know how to ration the inventory. If you have kids get them involved in the planning process. The sooner they get started the better. The learning process starts at home yet too many parents don’t take the time to get the kids involved.
The importance of the inventory is so you can figure out how to use what you have and not complain about what you don’t have. For one thing after a bill gets paid off you have more money to put toward food and other things. But for now you spend about $5.00 on canned foods every paycheck to put aside for what the Mormons call food storage. This canned food becomes your surplus that you draw from as needed.
Now for your beverages. Bottled water serves two purposes.
1. To drink
2. Just in case your pipes get screwed up and your water is not drinkable.
Let’s face it slum lords are slum lords because they are living paycheck to paycheck like everyone else. Otherwise they would fix the place up and you would not be able to afford the rent. The irony sucks, but its real.
So spend about $5.00 on bottled water. You would not regret it. Out subtotal is about $10.00 and we still have $40.00 to go. So you buy a pound of rice from the bulk foods. Rice is go for food storage and it becomes a staple during hard times. That rice may have set you back $2.00, $38.00 to go. Now for the fresh veggies. If you have a place to grow them do it and off set your food budget. Your veggies will become the mainstay of your diet. Stay away from fruits because they go bad too fast. You need what you buy to last over a week or longer it you get paid every two weeks. Notice not once have I mentioned Food Stamps or EBT. My family will be put in the grave before we steal from the working class.
At any rate you just spent about $10.00 on enough veggies for 2 people for a week. You are going to rashion everything you by so make sure the veggies are not too ripe at least some of it must be able to last until next Friday. You have just spent about $22.00 and the rest is going towards a large roast that can be rasioned out over the week. Notice I stayed away from breads. In our house it is Rice or Potatoes. The bread goes bad to soon.
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