Pasta anyone? :)

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Ok, so today didn’t go quite as well as we might have hoped. In fact it did not go well at all. Peggy ( the one who has been interested in a vintage buffet) backed out after speaking with her husband. They are strapped too. AND The meeting that my husband had with the Shriners was unsuccessful. Oh WELL! I’m not complaining. Tomorrow things will be better. I am certain.

Yes today, our food rations are pretty low BUT we have enough boxed pasta in the cupboard to feed an army… . Hence, my most clever blog title! TRUE! If I learned anything from this experience, is there’s lots you can do with pasta. I also found a package of instant mashed potatos ( my comfort food, seriously! 🙂 so that’s what I am having for dinner.

AGAIN I am not complaining. Some don’t even have that so NO this is NOT a desperate plea. Just the reality of the day.

Tomorrow things will be better.

I believe it!

🙂

An Unexpected Blessing – Groceries! Praise God!

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WOW –

A gentleman who befriended us and comes by the store quite often to visit and read the bible with my husband, showed up today with several bags of groceries ( chock full of fresh fruits, veggies, meat, and staples ) , right out of the blue .

Apparently he was concerned because my husband has lost quite a bit of weight in the last few months after his ulcer started giving him fits and he landed in the hospital for extensive tests . No HUGE issues were found as a result of those tests.

The biggest culprit for his weightloss I believe, is the stress that comes from our predicament.

My husband just told me that our friend had asked him recently, if he was eating. My husband assured him that he was and never thought another thing about it. He probably didn’t tell me about our friend’s concern because I too, am concerned about his weight loss.

But I am TRULY amazed by this BLESSING! And felt I needed to share. God IS GOOD! Thank you Lord.

Thank you too T. aka “The Gentleman” . 🙂

~ C.

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When times get tough, the tough, go shopping! :)

With the help of a very nice woman who sent me a $40, Publix Gift card. And I was so looking forward to going yesterday, but the serpentine belt that runs the car , shredded on my husband yesterday 😦 leaving us without a car overnight.

It was parked in a parking lot three miles from home. The neighbor, took my husband to the parts store last night and thankfully my husband made enough yesterday to purchase the replacement belt.

This morning my husband left on foot to go remedy the car trouble. A few hours later, he called to tell me it was running again.

Whew! I am grateful because my husband IS NOT a mechanic.

My husband was also quick to remind me that it could have been much worse, I had to agree and thanked my lucky stars ( God, actually) that I wasn’t alone in the car or we were not miles from home when it happened.

So any way my husband came home and picked me up and I dropped him back off at the store and went shopping.

It felt so good to get out of the house for awhile.

So what does one buy with the benefit of a ‘gift’ card ?

Steak, seafood, a lovely bottle of wine, beer, cigarettes ? NO!

The first time through the check out line……

I bought chicken thighs, a lb of hamburger, 2 cans of Chunky soup, a large can of raviolis, parmesan cheese, yellow rice, instant mashed potatoes, canned peas, a half a gallon of milk, a package of bologna, a dozen eggs and two cans of cat food.

The second time through the line …

I took advantage of a BOGO, and was able to get a six pack of pepsi, a six pack of mountain dew, a small bag of sugar and a $2.99 Cuban sandwich for my husband’s lunch.

There was .91 cents left on the card when I left the store. 🙂

I am sure we will have to pick up a few things but that will feed us for four days, allowing us to spend the little money we are making on other essentials.

Again, thank you KW. 🙂

Dinners , the DG way.

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I have been asked many of times over the last year or so why I do my grocery shopping at Dollar General. Well the answer is simple actually and has everything to do with economics.

1) I learned a long time ago that when it comes to pantry items, in particular canned goods, packaged foods, paper goods and so forth, you really can’t do much better price-wise, EVEN if you did have a DISCOUNT Grocery Store near you. In fact, their prices generally run neck and neck and often cheaper than typical grocery stores. Now their cooler items and frozen foods run slightly higher but when you figure in the convenience, and in my case, gas savings. It all balances.

2) There are NO ‘grocery’ stores in my town. The closest are 6- 1/2 miles from my home. In my case, we are literally shopping on a daily basis and the budget is based on how much money we make that day which in the last several weeks, has been almost nothing. It just doesn’t make sense to spend the gas money every day OR every other day, to get to town to shop at a regular grocery store. I am not saying I wouldn’t love to go to town and get me some groceries, but it just isn’t in the cards for us, right now.

Gosh, what I wouldn’t give for some FRESH aparagas that is on sale this week for $1.99 a bundle. Yum!

3) The convenience helps too. DG is right in between work and home and even on the right side of the road for us. No extra running is needed!

Now with those points being made, I leave you with the menu of what we ate for dinner this past week.

The following meal ideas Serves 2-3, realistically.

Monday :
Rigatoni/ flavored up with Cream of Mushroom Soup ( already in the pantry at home )
Don’t knock it, it was actually quite tasty.

Tuesday :

Hot Dogs ( 1.50 )
Van Camps Pork and Beans ( .75)
Off brand Onion Rings, like funyuns ( 1.00 )
Macaroni Salad ( already in the pantry, with a squirt of mayo and a bit of relish from the frig)

Wednesday :

1 can of Dinty Moore Beef Stew ( 2.50)
1 can of green beans ( .99 )
1 can of tomato soup( already in the pantry at home )
Served on Mashed Potatos ( they have a brand that doesn’t require milk or butter for prep ( .99)

Thursday :

Hamburgers on white toast ( ! lb of hamburger from frozen section ) ( 3.75)
Mashed potatoes (.99)
Beets ( already in the pantry at home )

Please understand that I realize and as well you should realize that FRESH and WHOLE foods are always BEST for your family’s optimum health and nutrition needs. However, given our circumstances, this is the best we can do presently.

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Feed one person on $7.50 for 5 days . In the US?

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LIVE BELOW the LINE is an incredible new awareness and fundraising campaign that’s making a huge difference in the fight against extreme poverty

Feed one person on just $7.50 for a five day period. That’s $1.50 a day, in the US.

Actually it’s food and drink.

Interesting Challenge, right?

Intiially I thought, this would be be a piece of cake, until I read the rules and started doing the math.

Please Note: Everything you use to prepare any meal such as milk, butter, margarine, salt, pepper, seasonings or condiments must be figured in to the equation. NO CHEATING!

So here’s my shopping list for
the challenge ( One Person)

Oatmeal (the old fashioned kind)
Loaf of the cheapest bread I could find
RameN Noodles ( 5 pack )
1 dozen eggs
Bologna

(With any luck, I might be able
eek out a can of condensed milk
and maybe mixed vegetables. )

The hardest thing for me I think
is I couldn’t afford to buy coffee.

So what would you buy?

Quick, Cheap & Easy Chicken Alfredo ( Serves 2-3, $4 )

1 Pkg Pasta Side Dish ( I use Alfredo, but the possibilities are endless )
Knorr puts out a good product, but store brands work just as well.
1 Large Can of White Meat Chicken (DG, Clover Valley Brand)
1- Canned Vegetable ( I usually use peas or green beans, drained )

You will need margarine or butter and milk for this recipe but the rest of the ingredients, come straight from the pantry.

Season to taste. And if you can afford to by all means, get creative with this recipe but it is pretty good as is. 🙂

This recipe ( above ) costs less than $4.00, especially if you shop at discount stores as I do.

I usually start with a 10 inch fry pan, add a bit of margarine, and then add drained chicken. Saute for a few minutes . Otherwise, you prepare the Alfredo side dish according to package directions in the same pan.

Serve the veggies on the side or just add them to the recipe which is what I usually do. Your choice.

Quick, Cheap & Easy Chicken Alfredo will feed 2 easily, or even 3 in a pinch but there are definitely no leftovers.

To stretch it further, use two packages of the Alfredo side dish or double, or triple the recipe as needed .