How to Eat When You Can’t Afford To

I’m seeing more questions from people that are struggling with how to just find enough money to feed themselves. The stories of parents having to skip meals to pay for heat or feed the kids, concern me.

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I wanted to give you a free copy of a cookbook that I put together several years ago. The recipes were sent in from people all over the country that used them to make cost effective and tasty meals.

I also want to try to do whatever I can to dispel the myth that people that turn to food assistance programs are bad.

It just so happened that I answered a question today from someone that involved food benefits and then I read the information below, today also.

Stereotypes associated with food stamps abound, and recipients are often seen as prone to taking handouts, sometimes when they may not be needed.

But the profile of hunger in America is multifaceted, as diverse as the nation itself, especially in these times of economic hardship.

To get a better idea of what it’s like to live on a food stamp budget, CNN correspondent Sean Callebs has decided to eat for a month on $176 and blog about the experience on CNN.com.



The U.S. government says that “no one should go hungry in America” and provides a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), click here for more information. I think as many people as possible should use the program if they are in need and eligible. I know that local food banks are having a hard time meeting demand so turning to benefits to help pay for food is a smart thing to do as well.

I would love you to submit your comments and feedback to this article and let me know what money savings tips work for you to help you eat cost effectively.

Now that I think about it, Pam and I wrote a couple of articles a few months ago about where to shop for the lowest cost stuff we use everyday. You can read those articles here and here. It is probably time for us to go back around and do the same thing again, but this time, shop for stuff to feed a family for a week.

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