What Happens When You Run Out of Food?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-02-10 14:49:23 -0600
Started 2014-01-28 06:52:02 -0600

Budget is one of the hardest struggles many of us face. How to eat healthy on limited funds is often difficult because junk food is just so much cheaper and a full belly feels better than an empty one.

There was an article today by Diabetes Health http://diabeteshealth.com/read/2014/01/25/812... that talks about people who end up going without by the end of the month. I know I have experienced the empty fridge syndrome from time to time, but more often it's just that I am too lazy to try to make something out of what I have in the house. For some people, that's just not the case and an empty pantry can lead to poor glucose management and hypoglycemia.

So what does happen to you when you run out of the foods you should be eating or even food at all? I have heard of some of your budgets and it's amazing you can stay alive on so little. Are there tips you can offer to those who struggle to make it to the end of the month?

5 replies

vrswesley 2014-02-10 14:49:23 -0600 Report

Im on foodstamps, but the gov keeps cutting them.. this isnt a tip..its a comment…and could be taken as political..because I blame politics for this happening to me.. the other night I was walking to get food, was hungry, and realized that I realy was in that spot were I might be chosing between food and my medication copay! scary! may have see if anybody could rive me to a food bank..

Harlen 2014-01-28 11:14:49 -0600 Report

You can make use of a food pantry god know I give a lot to them .
There are there for you .

GabbyPA 2014-01-28 09:05:58 -0600 Report

Things I do to keep my pantry stocked:

Coupons: Use coupons, but only on things that are good for me. I used to use any coupon, but not anymore and it's hard to find good ones for healthy food. So I tend to use them more on cleaning supplies.

Buy One, Get One: I always check on the BOGO's. Even if I have some of it in the pantry, I stock up on things I use a lot that go on sale.

Compare prices: Often if you just take some time, you will find the best deal out there. My grocery store is nice and they label the "best value" which looks at weight, price and quality. So that's very helpful.

Farmers Markets: Like Joyce, I also buy at the farmer's market most of the veggies that I don't grow myself. I dehydrate, blanch and freeze, and I can to keep things for later that I got a good deal on. That takes some effort and a little planning, but it does help. Make friends with some of the vendors (I have my favorites) and you can sometimes barter for things.

Dine Out...yep. A meal for my husband and I usually can become two. We try to take home half of what we order and that helps stretch the budget as well.

Buddy up: The big warehouse stores offer good opportunity for sharing a purchase. Buying 20 pounds of beef is too much, but you can split it with another family or friends and both get the benefit of shared expenses. You do have to be careful there though, as sometimes it's not a better deal to buy in bulk, so just buy what you need at the store.

Food Auctions: We have gone to food auctions and come home with a huge booty of goods. It's hard to plan for one, as usually you have no idea what is going to be offered. But I have purchased meat, veggies and all kinds of general groceries and toiletries. It's kind of fun though and you have to have a budget or before you know it, you have spent too much.

Food Banks: For a while in 2009 and 20010 I had to use a local food bank. It took a lot for me to have to face that. It was humbling, but without them, I would have had huge gaps in my month. We used one that offered fresh veggies and real meats. Not just junk food, and that was a god send for sure.

Have Friends Over for Dinner: What? We have friends over and everyone helps prepare part of the meal. So we get great fellowship and good food at half the effort. Its a lot of fun and you get to eat foods you might not otherwise afford or have tried.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-28 08:37:55 -0600 Report

Gabby this is a wonderful discussion. This can be a problem for people on limited budgets. I don't think people really know how to shop.

There are a lot of vegetables that can be purchased during the summer that can be cooked and frozen. Farmers Markets and roadside stands sell fresh fruits and veggies cheaper than a supermarket. Many cities now have community gardens. If you live in a city with one you can get a space and grow your own. Our community has an Urban Farm that is consists of one city block. We have had it for years. Plots are free and having two master gardeners makes it easy for residents who know nothing about gardening to learn how to plant and when to harvest.

Another plus are what is referred to as Day Old Bakeries. Believe it or not, if the bakery is attached to the plant, the bread is fresh and they carry a larger variety of breads. They are also cheaper than supermarkets. For instance in the supermarket a loaf of bread can be $1.99 at the bakery the loaf could be $.50 or several loaves for $2.00. The bread can be frozen.

My food budget is $189.00 a month and the only thing I run out of is fresh veggies at times. I buy Kale, Collards, Green Beans and Spinach at the farmers market, clean it, cook it and freeze it. I will have almost all winter. When fresh veggies are not available or I run out, the next best is frozen make sure they are not is a sauce.

Cheap cuts of beef is great for soups. You can put aside a little of the green veggies to add to the soup along with corn, peas, tomatos etc and freeze in serving size containers or freezer bags. I make big pots of chili and freeze it. At Farmers Markets you can get a deal on over ripe tomatoes and make sauce with them. I see people doing that all the time. Whole chickens are cheaper than cut up chicken. I buy it already cut up because I hate cutting up chicken. I also will buy two turkeys when they are on sale and the same with hams. I freeze them. Since it is just my sister and I, I have the turkeys cut in half. I have slices cut off the ham and freeze those also.

Grow your own herbs in pots on your balcony or in your yard. I harvested all of my sage but had to buy big bunch at the Farmers Market and dried it.

The cheapest place I have found for milk, eggs, sausage, cheese, frozen veggies and yogurt is Wal-Mart. It takes work to eat healthy but if you are willing to take some steps, you can have food for the entire month. Especially if you shop sales and don't drive all over town to do it.

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