Sorry to hear about your troubles fish53. But eating cheap
is actually pretty easy. Menus, even for 1 person, are essential. Pre-planning enables you to use all of your ingredients before they go bad. I'm not even very good at this but, just putting a small amount of effort into it yields results.
There are two of us at home and last week I spent 60.00 usd. We don't eat out and are still on the hard
in a fairly expensive metro area. But that 60 bucks gave us meals
all week. And we don't eat rice or pasta. We had chilli, chicken enchiladas, sausage and eggs, tuna salad and brats with beans.
did not include coffee, condiments or toiletries or house hold stuff like toilet paper.
We ate well. We just ate what we had with no waste. And very little snacking.
Like I said, we aren't good at this yet. But I'm proving to myself that the food budget
does not have to be out of control.
We are battering down the hatches now as we hope for early retirement
in just 3 years. We are 48 and 52 now. But I would rather realistic and eat beans all week than sit on my ass flipping channels on the TV while I work to save for more luxury.