There are few things in life that we truly need to survive. Food happens to be one of those things.
When times are hard, we might soon learn they can get harder. Where a family might have been barely making ends meet, they could find that even that’s a stretch now.
The problem is that a lot of families spend way too much money on food as it is, instead of shopping frugally to stretch the food budget money further. When you shop with a frugal mindset, you can get a lot more food for your dollar. That means the food will last longer, simply because there’s more of it.Frugal Eating on the Cheap – Stretching the Food Dollar Click To Tweet
I’m going to list some food items that you can buy cheap. Obviously there will be a lot more foods that you can probably think of that you can buy to help stretch your food supply. These foods are for the average person. If you need gluten-free, some of these will cost a little more, and some won’t.
The starter list can include such foods as: ramen noodles, dry peas and/or beans, vienna sausages, canned or fresh carrots, cabbage, potatoes, rice, wieners, pasta, bananas, apples, frozen biscuits (or better yet, make your own), flour wraps, ground chuck, eggs, oatmeal, cornbread mix (or make your own), pancake mix, lettuce, fresh spinach, bulk chicken packs, peanut butter.
To this list, if you have available funds, you can also get food items such as: tomatoes, onions, peppers, cheese, bread (or make your own), sausage, etc.
A lot of foods can be divided up into small portions and frozen, such as chicken, beef, sausage, grated cheese, some veggies, etc.
For the frozen items, you can save money by using reusable plastic containers to freeze food in, instead of zipper bags.
Of course, the easiest way to not have to worry about running out of food is to have some extra emergency money put back in case you don’t get paid when you expect to. And yes, that’s easier said than done. But if you find yourself running out of food and you don’t have any money to get more and your paycheck is days away, there are a few things you can try to get enough food to make do until you do get paid – ask for help from family or friends, pawn something that you don’t really need and can live without, try selling something on Craigslist or eBay, or ask for help from your church. You can also go to your county health department and ask for emergency food stamps, although if you make too much, regardless of your financial situation at the time, they won’t accept you.
Remember that the idea here is to have enough food to make do with until you get paid again, so you want to shop frugal with any money you might have, to stretch the food money as far as you can. You can’t do that if you buy high priced items such as premade items. Yes, they are much more convenient as far as preparing the food, but that convenience comes with a price. So stick with the cheap stuff that you have to prepare yourself usually and make your food go further.