Waste Not, Want Not: Making Fresh Food Last

So one thing I have learned quickly as part of the #SNAPChallenge is to make every cent count. I have been very very careful not to throw anything in the trash that could be used some other way. I had a spotless record until this past week when the avocados we purchased went bad before we could eat them. I originally bought them for my daughter to eat – but she wasn’t a fan. By the time we got around to trying to make guacamole with them they were bad. Big fail on my part.

So what are ways to avoid this happening? First of all, it’s important to know how to properly store food. Secondly, it’s important to understand how long fresh food lasts, and use things that won’t last as long first. [Read more…]

Barrier to Savings: The Coupon Conundrum

When I first really got into couponing I fed my husband and I on $135 a month – no joke. We did eat some processed foods, but not a significant amount. Remember, my household has been through several bouts of unemployment – including twice when we were both unemployed.

Now that my daughter is eating with us, and I converted to 100% organic foods our budget has jumped to around $250-300 a month. That’s why this challenge isn’t so much of a challenge for me. That’s why I’m trying to make it as difficult as possible by applying time and other constraints, trying my best to simulate what say a single working mother goes through, while at the same time squeezing every dollar out of my budget. [Read more…]