We have all been in the situation where we only have a few dollars and we need to provide meals for the household until the next pay check comes in. A lot of people feel trapped and resort to taking out loans or going on semi starvation diets, especially if there are children, ill or elderly members of the household.
Here are some great tips on how to feed a family of three for $20 a week without having to skip any meals. Remember that food does not have to be elegant or suitable for royalty, so long as you have three meals a day you will stay healthy while you get the household to the next pay check.
Pantry Cooking – Use sites like Super Cook to list everything you have available in your pantry. The site provides you with recipes for filling meals using the items you have available, you might have to buy one or two ingredients but they will be cheap.
Farmers Markets – Stocking up on fresh fruit and vegetables for a dollar or two is easy to do at the farmers markets.
Bulk with Starch – Make meals more filling with pasta, beans, lentils and rice, this will help to make men feel full and to make meals stretch.
Water – Have each member of the household drink a large glass of water ten minutes before eating each meal, this will make you all feel fuller quicker.
Ask for help – Churches, the Salvation Army and friends will all be willing to help you out with some ingredients or maybe even a full meal.
It is natural to feel ashamed of your situation, but there is no real need to be ashamed, many people have been in similar situations, and there is light at the end of the tunnel.