Surviving comfortablely on very little money, how do you do it?

United States
April 8, 2008 7:29pm CST
When you have only a little bit of money to last you until the next paycheck and you just got your paycheck (car insurance, rent, utiliite bills took a large chunk out of it) what do you do in order to survive comfortablely? What food items do you purchase? Where do you go for necessities? In short, how do you do it?
4 responses
@plumwish07 (4059)
• Indonesia
9 Apr 08
hm, i ever on those situation too dear, and i always trying to avoid it from those experience. on that time, our money (me and my husband's money) too little to have standard menu. so in order to make us survive till receive paycheck, we bought a rice and eat it with only with eggs or salty fish and off course with "sambal" (its mixed of chilli, tomato, salt and sugar also lottle bit onion). hmmm, eating those food in warmly tempterature was yummy although we not able to buy more in order to avoid those condition, i become more wisely in spending my paycheck for buying any goods so in the end of month, we still have some extra money
• United States
11 Apr 08
It would have been better had my rent not been so high, the car insurance due and a large utility bill due too... I was shorted without getting anything else but what was necessary... The paycheck was too low for normal expenses due to the fact that clients did not come in and so I was underpaid. Your use of rice reminds me, have you noticed any increase in the price of rice or any scarcity in it? There are reports that this is ccurring in many places.
• Indonesia
11 Apr 08
my dear friend, nowadays every basic life needing becomes in higher prices including rice. but inmy opinion the three things, no matter how, should be in my place is rice, water and salt. you know dear, eat warm rice with little salt also delicious if we were lack of money. i know its not nutritious but its able to make our stomach not feeling hungry anymore. rice with chilli also can be the alternative for eating
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
9 Apr 08
If I lived on my own I probably couldnt do it for we share most bills here.
• United States
11 Apr 08
Sharing bills sounds like a good thing to do.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
11 Apr 08
only way we can make it.
• United States
12 Apr 08
I have to be thrifty about food a lot because of bills and all that stuff. Some good, cheap things you can make decent meals out of are rice, beans, and chicken (the cheaper parts like thighs, and you can always freeze what you don't use right away). Peanut butter is good too, it's not very exciting but it does the job and is really filling. If you have access to a space where you can have a small garden, it's an excellent way to get vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, and cucumbers cheaply in the spring and summer. My family did this all the time when I was a kid. A packet of seeds or one plant costs the same or less than one portion of vegetables from the store, and can grow a lot more of them. I also go to the dollar store. Stuff like toilet paper, soap, etc is cheap there, and they sometimes have a decent selection of canned or packaged food too.
• United States
13 Apr 08
Wondering if you have a Big Lots in your area as they carry some grocery items... and sometimes are a lot less expensive than the dollar store... I go there a lot. I live in an apartment on the first floor and don't have a garden but I do know that if I was able to find partial shade plants, a container garden would be a possibility. I've been using the peanut butter. Thanks for the info regarding dollar store and things like soap, etc.
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@oscar6 (1939)
• United States
9 May 09
I shop at the dollar store a lot. I buy things like toilet paper, toothpaste, and shampoo there. I also shop at discount stores such as aldis and save a lot. I dont buy things that I dont need such as paper towels ( i can just use a towel if need be) I buy food that isnt processed and individually wrapped since this is often more expensive.