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in which i turn my pockets out

ok flist.  i am broke.  B.R.O.K.E.  being a teacher in the summer pretty much sucks since we get paid on the last day of school mid-june and then not again til august 25th (and it sucks doubly because i went into teaching partly because i wanted to have lots of vacation time, and now that i do, i have no money to do ANYTHING during the time off).  so even paying everything ahead of time (as much as possible), i've been eating ramen for the last week and foresee that's largely my diet til i get money again.  my question to you is: other than ramen, what super-duper cheap food can i stock up on to get me through this next few weeks?  any and all suggestions are welcome!

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hyacinthian
Aug. 8th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
the only thing i can think of is rice and produce. or pasta. that way, you don't have to sacrifice nutrition for price. :)
la_tante
Aug. 8th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
yes yes to rice with veg. ok. that sounds great and cheap!
sinkwriter
Aug. 8th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, Julia, I feel for you! I'm so sorry you're struggling.

*hugs*

Hmm... I second the other poster. Rice and produce work well. I was partial to Minute brown rice, because it was cheap and still had some healthy component to it. ;)

Also, I would gather ingredients to make a casserole of some sort, because (generally) such a meal could last for days, sometimes even all week for lunch (or supper), depending on the recipe. Sure, it's boring to have the same thing all week, but then you don't have to cook as often and you just reheat the leftovers. Cook once, eat all week. *GRIN*

I'm also partial to unusual choices for supper, like hot cereal (hearty oatmeal or cream of wheat, sweetened with a tiny bit of brown sugar or pure maple syrup, with a touch of milk or soy milk) or scrambled eggs with chopped veggies, or French toast made with lots of cinnamon and vanilla (but using a hearty grain bread, if you want to be healthier).

I've got some recipes if you're interested. :)

Good luck good luck good luck!
la_tante
Aug. 8th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
yeah well this too shall pass. and there's a huge beautiful watermelon in the staff room today so i'll happily munch on that! yes! the casserole is a great idea--i don't mind eating the same thing for several days so tuna noodle here i come! and i also love the non-traditional breakfast for dinner thing. my mom used to make us "toad in the hole" for dinner once in while (cut out the center of a slice of bread and fry the outside in butter then throw an egg in the hole, don't forget to fry the piece you cut out--it's the best part!) and your french toast is making me drool!

and yeah i'd totally take a couple of recipes especially if you have a casserole you really like.

thanks for the support, sweetie. i really appreciate it.
xo
j
sinkwriter
Aug. 8th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
Let me ask this first: Is there anything you cannot eat, or do not like?

:)

P.S. All this talk of food is making me hungry! *GRIN*
la_tante
Aug. 8th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
the only thing i'm against in a culinary fashion is cheese and i'm kinda flexible about that too. i like melty mild cheese (pizza lasagna quesadilla--all super fine with me) but other than that, no cheese for me! and i have no real food allergies other than a weird reaction to foods with tannin--walnuts, pecans--they make my mouth kinda sore.


P.S. All this talk of food is making me hungry! *GRIN* i know, right? i'm so happy for the delicious watermelon!

and i'm looking forward to your recipes!
only_more_love
Aug. 8th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Sorry you're strapped for cash -- especially at a time when you have lots of time off. :( That is a pain.
Couple suggestions:

1. Tuna
2. Eggs (great source of protein and can be used in lots of different ways)
3. Beans (black, white, kidney, chickpeas, etc.) They're usually cheap, and they're excellent sources of protein and fiber.
4. This article -- especially the comments people have left in response to it -- may give you further ideas.

Good luck, J. I hope things ease up.
la_tante
Aug. 8th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
thanks so much. the article was not only potentially really helpful but really fun reading everybody's ideas.

and of course things will ease up it. it's always like this in the summer, but this one feels worse, i think, because gas prices are also so high.
only_more_love
Aug. 8th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome.

and of course things will ease up it. it's always like this in the summer, but this one feels worse, i think, because gas prices are also so high.

Let me amend my earlier statement: I hope things ease up soon. :)

Gas prices are insane, and they're affecting everything. The prices for everything from cereal to paper towels are going up -- with the size of the item going down. People are paying more for less.
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