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RE: Gardening

Don't think you have to spend a ton of money on this either.

Many people who garden have leftover seeds or plants that they might not need. I would totally not be offended at all if someone asked "Hey, I've been thinking of gardening a bit this year to save on food costs (no need to share with acquaintance level folks about the job loss if you don't want to) but the budget is really really tight. If you have some extra seeds or plants, I'd be glad to take them off your hands for a few bucks if you want." IT's likely, the person might just give them to you for nothing. I always have extra plants and seeds and would be fine passing unused things to others just to share the joy.

You might be surprised at how much you can save on groceries by just growing a few things. In the summer, we can add a big home grown salad to a pot of beans and some cornbread and it's an incredibly filling meal for just pennies. The homegrown salad with fresh tomatoes and all gives tons flavor to help the plainer beans and cornbread be more appealing. 

And my family can eat an entire pot of fresh green beans from the garden with little else for supper. Those fresh veggies just seem more satisfying to us than other veggies because they taste so much better.

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I will add that our county has a FB page for gardeners and there are always exchanges of seeds/suggestions on there. NextDoor also lists overabundances of fresh produce to be shared/traded.

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1 hour ago, fairfarmhand said:

You might be surprised at how much you can save on groceries by just growing a few things. In the summer, we can add a big home grown salad to a pot of beans and some cornbread and it's an incredibly filling meal for just pennies. The homegrown salad with fresh tomatoes and all gives tons flavor to help the plainer beans and cornbread be more appealing. 

This is absolutely true and I agree. I had this bright idea during COVID. However, this is not a skill to practice if people have no clue in an emergency. I am a classic panic COVID gardener. Spent a lot of money on pots, seeds, soil. Did learn some, but eventually everything died. Yes, there are people in this world who cannot grow salad leaves 😊 .  So I am working up to this. I was using stimulus money for this. In case of OP I think it would help her to start a pantry if she does not and invest it in that instead of a garden. 

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OP, become as good a cook as you can now and involve your kids. 

Get spices and herbs to add flavor. Get dried herbs from the dollar store. Asian stores are cheaper for rice, beans, lentils. You can find rice in bulk, 10 or 20 lb bags, wheat flour the same. Do not shop online unless you do not have one nearby. Huge delivery charges. Wear a mask and go or get curbside pickup. You can call and usually order on the phone or they will direct you to the website you can pick up curbside.

You can get more bang for your buck if you make meat as a side dish and make soups, stews, curries. Add lots of veggies. Make flat breads and make a wrap. Use beans and lentils to add bulk. Bake bread. 

I cannot tell you how much kneading dough helped me cope with anxiety during COVID.

You will be fine OP, but when you have to walk through some tough times cooking and food to me is one way I coped and nourished my family. It always gives us good memories too.

Smell of soup cooking, bread baking are all wonderful smells that comfort us and remind us that we will be ok to me. Perhaps not at that moment, but eventually. 

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If no one has mentioned it yet, there is a wonderful blog with TONS of money saving help. It's written by a mom who fed her family entirely from her food storage and garden for more than a year. She has a section with recipes and how to eat for 40 cents a day. If anyone is looking to save money, her blog is awesome.

theprudenthomemaker.com/blog/

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I do not know if your family eats ethnic food and even if you do Indian food is one of them. Your family is dealing with a lot of change and changing food drastically may not be an option. However, if you want to reduce on meat and try a new cuisine at the same time, Indian vegetarian is for you.

https://www.indianhealthyrecipes.com/recipes/veg-recipes/

Paneer is home made cottage cheese. I will not overwhelm you by giving a recipe for home made but will say if you have Instant pot, it basically makes itself. You can find paneer in an Indian store or can substitute tofu.

We were a family that ate out at restaurants pretty often, enjoyed various kinds of cuisines. When COVID shut everything down, we cooked every single morsel we ate and rarely went out. I had help with DH and the kids with everything from prep to actual cooking, but the cooking everything became overwhelming. So we made it a game of watching various cuisines on youtube and making them. We went for hearty, simple and healthy often. Various cuisines have that. One of the easiest I found was sheet pan suppers.

I like them because it is easy, looks good, is healthy and clean up is a breeze.

https://www.healthy-delicious.com/20-healthy-sheet-pan-dinners-for-busy-weeknights/

 

 

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2 hours ago, Dreamergal said:

I do not know if your family eats ethnic food and even if you do Indian food is one of them. Your family is dealing with a lot of change and changing food drastically may not be an option. However, if you want to reduce on meat and try a new cuisine at the same time, Indian vegetarian is for you.

https://www.indianhealthyrecipes.com/recipes/veg-recipes/

Paneer is home made cottage cheese. I will not overwhelm you by giving a recipe for home made but will say if you have Instant pot, it basically makes itself. You can find paneer in an Indian store or can substitute tofu.

We were a family that ate out at restaurants pretty often, enjoyed various kinds of cuisines. When COVID shut everything down, we cooked every single morsel we ate and rarely went out. I had help with DH and the kids with everything from prep to actual cooking, but the cooking everything became overwhelming. So we made it a game of watching various cuisines on youtube and making them. We went for hearty, simple and healthy often. Various cuisines have that. One of the easiest I found was sheet pan suppers.

I like them because it is easy, looks good, is healthy and clean up is a breeze.

https://www.healthy-delicious.com/20-healthy-sheet-pan-dinners-for-busy-weeknights/

 

 

Those sheet pan dinners look delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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Mentioned above but worth repeating: show and tell your DH that you love him. Support him however you can. Job hunting can be more discouraging than losing a job, and (IME) he needs to feel that you love and respect him no matter what.
Praying for you all! 

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Thinking of your family. Hope this week is hopeful & you guys keep moving forward toward whatever new future you are going for.

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