Do you have this problem? Looking at an almost bare cupboard and trying to make

@writersedge (22563)
United States
September 22, 2010 6:27pm CST
a meal with what you have. The few things we have in there, most of them we ate last night. So I took what we hadn't had and went for it. can of corn, package of rice pilof, and chicken soup broth. Threw it together and made soup. My husband added poultry seasoning. That made it good. It really did. So are you trying to put food together to make something from your cupboards? What's in your cupboard and what are your plans to use it? Since it rained a lot today, I didn't have the outdoor option and nothing is ready to pick on my window sill right now.
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• Canada
23 Sep 10
Yep, I'm having that problem right now! Thank god we only have 2 more days to go before I will have money to buy a few groceries! As of this morning, I have 2 cans of baked beans, 2 cans of tomatoe soup, 1 box of hamburger helper(no hamburger though), half a liter of milk and 1/4 box of cereal and 6 potatoes!
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• Canada
23 Sep 10
Yes, we will make it 2 days.....mind you there is 3 of us, my son and husband and myself! But, hey, there are people on this planet that way far off worse than I am! I keep reminding myself of that. At least we have food most of the month or most of the time....this month we're low only because I was between jobs and my husband hasn't got many hours in at work bc he is a construction worker...we've had lots of rain...bad for hours! We have a warm home, a cozy bed, big screen tv, computer and cell phones, yea....there are definitely people in the world who have it way worse than we do! Still, I am excited at the thought of being able to go buy some groceries on Saturday LOL
@writersedge (22563)
• United States
24 Sep 10
Yeah, my Dad was a construction worker. But he made money when they were really paying. They've frozen most of their wages. My Dad made $24 an hour back in the 60s at some jobs and he was union. That's equal to like $60 bucks an hour now. But some years he only got 2 months of work.
@writersedge (22563)
• United States
23 Sep 10
I think you might be able to make it through two days with that. Not much variety, but I think you can make it! Then more $ and a chance at more food! I've got to get more people gardening in the spring. Do you have room for a garden next year or a window sill garden this winter? Do you know how to forage for food?
@MissAmie (717)
• United States
23 Sep 10
Your idea for the soup was a good one! It sounds yummy. I've been faced with the empty cupboard problelm quite a few times. If it's just me, I can live, but if my kids are with me I have to come up with something. My kids are hard to please, so I have to get really creative. The best thing I've figured out so far (and it wasn't really me, it was a guy I was dating) is to save all the money I can on food so that by the end of the month I'm not totally broke. He is really good at math, so he could quickly calculate the individual prices of things. I only buy meat on sale and in bulk. I learned that if you wrap in heavy duty aluminum foil and then put it in a freezer bag it won't get freezer burn. That saves me a bunch. I don't even buy meat monthly now. One trip to the grocery store and I have enough for quite a while. Sodas are too expensive and unhealthy, so I've started using drink mixes. Of course I refill water bottles to save cash. I've even been known to eat just a can of veggies for dinner. After I left my husband, I had to really tighten my belt and these are just a few tricks I've learned.
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@writersedge (22563)
• United States
23 Sep 10
All good ideas. We buy large containers of meat and separate into portions and freeze, too. People are really good at math are a big help. Do you have room for a garden or a window sill one where you live? Seeds and growing some food can save you money, too. I've had one can meals, too. Good idea about drinks. I can survive on just water and milk, but my husband can't. Thanks and take care.
@carmelanirel (20942)
• United States
22 Sep 10
I have in the past, but not now..I wish you lived closer, I'd invite you for dinner..
@writersedge (22563)
• United States
22 Sep 10
I'd accept your invitation graciously. So what did I miss for supper tonight?
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• United States
23 Sep 10
Do you really want to know? I wouldn't if I were you, but you asked. Spaghetti and garlic bread made from hamburger buns..
@writersedge (22563)
• United States
23 Sep 10
Sounds good. I'm OK with that. This meal wasn't too exciting, but it sure was filling!
@lilybug (21107)
• United States
4 Oct 10
It has been about a year and a half since we were that low on food in this house. We have plenty of food in the fridge and pantry right now. We needs some milk, but that is about it right now. I really hope you get your cabinets stocked up soon.
@writersedge (22563)
• United States
5 Oct 10
We finally got a break from being behind on money and he bought some soup. Soon, we hope to do better. We don't like low cupboards from Autumn to Spring. Summer, we can live off the land some.
@writersedge (22563)
• United States
5 Oct 10
Thank you, I'm glad to hear you're doing better, too.
• United States
23 Sep 10
Hi, Edge! Thanks to your earlier mention of stir-fries, I took every veggie that might even think about getting too old out of the fridge and pantry and made a luscious stir-fry. Instead of oil, I used water and a bit of agave and garlic, and it was delish! I used romaine leaves to make wraps -- yum!
@writersedge (22563)
• United States
23 Sep 10
You're very creative with what you have, I love the leaves for wraps, cool idea!
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@writersedge (22563)
• United States
23 Sep 10
Sounds like you're doing a good job!
• United States
23 Sep 10
Really trying hard to keep the calories down!
@celticeagle (156425)
• Boise, Idaho
24 Sep 10
Sure am. We have alot of can of tomatoes, some bread, cheese, eggs, potatoes and tuna fish. All this to last us for another week. Always this way. Oh and some beans too. Wish we could stock up. If only we could get some money ahead and then stock up.
@writersedge (22563)
• United States
24 Sep 10
If you can get to a library, try reading, Your Infinite Power to be Rich. While I read it, we had more money for a while. $110 in one week based on three chapters. I think I need to reread it again!
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@celticeagle (156425)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Sep 10
Maybe if we strapped it to our chests and read it as we walk through life we could make it, huh?
@cutepenguin (6431)
• Canada
24 Sep 10
We've done this. We're trying to cut down on wasted food and our grocery bill, so we try to use everything up before we go shopping again. This makes for some interesting meals.
@writersedge (22563)
• United States
24 Sep 10
Yes it certainly does. That and sometimes stuff from your garden makes for interesting stuff, too.
@GardenGerty (156373)
• United States
23 Sep 10
I have enough food on hand, I just get tired of being the one who comes up with the plan. It is even more odd with three people, honestly. Two eat lots of veggies, one does not, two eat pasta, one does not, different two, two eat seafood, one does not, two do not eat liver one does. I always have refried beans and enchilada sauce and other kinds of beans on hand, we will never starve. I have lots of frozen veggies, and some boxed dinners. I have stuff to make bread, and bread in the freezer. I have potatoes, apples, oat meal, carrots. Tortillas, cheese, and frozen pizzas. I am beginning to skip the main evening meal on Wednesday because of choir practice. I cannot sing on a full stomach. Hubby did hamburgers for him and my son. And Onion rings.
@writersedge (22563)
• United States
23 Sep 10
My husband and I eat differently and if we had had children, they would probably be different, too. I eat mayo and my husband salad dressing. I eat onions, he doesn't. He eats tomatoes and tomato sauce and I don't. He can eat lots of salt and needs it to keep his blood pressure up. I can't and need to avoid it to keep my blood pressure down. Since my husband is unemployed, I have him cook sometimes, when he's not fixing stuff around the house. It helps. So I understand part of what are going through. You know when we have money, the cupboards won't be bare or even if it stops raining and I can forage more. Thanks and take care.
@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
24 Sep 10
I hope u come up w/something good, i bet u will. Fortunately i am able to keep a pretty well stocked cupboard. That has always been important to me. If i go to make something i like to have what i need. Hope u have a happy weekend.
@writersedge (22563)
• United States
24 Sep 10
Last night I was able to make apple sauce with mint. The apples were from my tree and the mint from my garden. I also made seed bread with my bread machine. I put yellow dock seed (a weed from my garden) instead of some of my oatmeal to stretch my oatmeal supply. So we had that last night. Fresh baked bread and fresh made apple sauce, nothing like it. Yes, you're right, I did come up with something good. Thanks and take care.
@jaiho2009 (39142)
• Philippines
23 Sep 10
Precisely,it did happen to me when i forgot to check the fridge and then when it is time to cook,i had to searched and look for what's left inside the cupboard. Sometimes it's good,becoz,i can use my imagination what kind of recipe to cook out from almost nothing (hahaha) Have a great weekend ahead
@writersedge (22563)
• United States
23 Sep 10
Thank you, you have a great weekend, too.