I'm always so hungry

United States
July 20, 2011 12:44pm CST
Me and my boyfriend are always really tight on money. We also have three other people living with us that we feed. We spend 100 on food every week and it seems like we run out of food before the weekend is even over so we pretty much starve for the rest of the week. Does anyone know any cheap food that you get a lot of that might help us out?
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@Amanda81587 (3042)
• United States
20 Jul 11
I end up making a lot of spaghetti and hamburger helper when we are short on money. I would also get some cheese bread and tomato soup and make grilled cheese. Are the other people your feeding chipping in on the food as well. I would also suggest local food pantry's and some churches sponsor people who need more.
• United States
20 Jul 11
Yeah I can definitely relate to your frustration. I have three children I have to provide for so times definitely get hard this way. Just the other day I had to contact my mom and borrow some money til the end of august just to pay some of my bills.
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• United States
20 Jul 11
The other people I live with are good for nothing too. My boyfriend is the only one that works and I stay home and take care of the dogs and I'm in college. His friends, the ones that live with us, mess around all day and then come home to eat our food and sleeo. I've tried to convince him that we would be much better off without them but they are his best friends so they get to stay. My boyfriend pays all the bills and buys all the food. He does have a pretty good job but not good enough to support five grown people. I'm always trying to earn a little extra money on sites like these but I can't get a real job because our doberman has seperation anxiety and jumps through windows when no one is home, two windows later we decided someone should always be here. And his friends are too busy fishing and goofing off and stuff to offer any help.
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• United States
20 Jul 11
We make spaghetti almost every other night. My boyfriend is iffy about doing the church sponsor thing because we live in a very small town and everyone talks. He does have a great job and makes a lot of money but times are hard right now for us with everything breaking here and dogs getting sick.
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• United States
21 Jul 11
Hi there and welcome to myLot! I am sorry to hear of the lack of groceries and yes times are hard for many today. I have read a great many of the responses and comments and would suggest that you and your boyfriend can't do this all on your own. I know it won't be easy but if somehow they understand that the $100 is not enough for all five of you then they have to somehow help. They can do anything for a few dollars per week and or month to help, isn't it the least they can do? I am not sure how you and or your boyfriend can approach them but really this is not fair for you and your boyfriend. Get them to sign up under you here and which ever sites you are on as your referral and maybe the few dollars they can help and contribute with. Seriously you would not be burdening someone this way so really not fair they burden you. In the meantime I see you are from US and there are lots of food banks all over the US and all they require is you fill out a form and list all the people who live there and their ages, take an ID with you and they allow you to go once a month and give enough of groceries for the family once a month. There is nothing wrong with doing this it is all donations from big chains that donate to help people. They do not care if you are working or not they will help. They have certain days and hours they distribute and don't be embarrassed and or anything like that and get some help. Here is a link you can find one near you: http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx Good luck and do this, as there is no need to be hungry when companies set out to help with feeding during hard times.
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• United States
21 Jul 11
Ill have to check this out. My internet isn't working right now. I'm using my cell phone. Ill have to wait till my internet is back up so it'll be easier to navigate. Thank you so much for the link.
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@Hatley (163781)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Jul 11
cherry here in the US almost any state with lots of farming will have produce sold straight from the farms that are inexpensive and so good for you so do not leave them out of your diet and do get all three people to divvy up some food money or buy their share of groceries. I know here in the US right now times are really ' tough so get all adults to put money into the kitty for food each week.
@mommyboo (13174)
• United States
21 Jul 11
Try treasurebox.org and look up angel food ministries - you can find out if there are distribution sites near your home and you can order a box which is delivered the following month. I believe the boxes range in price from about $20-32 and contain many staple items plus extras, enough for meals for a week. The boxes - depending on what you order - contain a mix of perishable and non perishable items and most of it could be frozen if you don't plan to use it within the week.
@cher913 (25782)
• Canada
20 Jul 11
we dont have a lot of money either but in the summer we eat a lot of wraps with a bit of chicken and salad in them. in the winter we eat a lot of home made soups, home made bread (we got a breadmaker for free). stews are good as is pasta.
@cher913 (25782)
• Canada
20 Jul 11
peanut butter is also fairly cheap too. can you go to a food bank too?
@cher913 (25782)
• Canada
21 Jul 11
can you make your own bread? also, you might want to look into freecycle.org for a group in your area. you might be able to get a bread maker or slow cooker that way. (i got a perfectly good ceiling fan, only a year old that way!) check out your local library for recipe books for cheap meals. that might give you some ideas.
• United States
20 Jul 11
I'm not sure if there are any food banks around here. We get peanut butter. I love peanut butter. But it seems like we use a whole loaf of bread in one day.
@sid556 (30960)
• United States
20 Jul 11
Spagetti goes a long way and is very cheap. Sometimes I buy a whole chicken on sale and then take the left overs the next day and cook them with gravy and serve it over toast. Why are you feeding 3 other people? Is it possible that they could get food stamps and contribute a bit to the food budget? I'm thinking that a lot of the foods that would stretch and that are cheap are also not very healthy. There are also food pantrys everywhere. Have you looked into them?
@sid556 (30960)
• United States
21 Jul 11
I'm sorry. I'm a little confused. The friend had them but he "makes too much"? If he makes too much then he should be contributing to the food and bills. If he doesn't have an income then he qualifies for foodstamps and your boyfriends income should not count because they are not his dependents technically. I think that he seems to be enabling them to just be leeches. He's not doing them any favors and eventually, I would imagine it would start to affect your relationship in a negative way.
• United States
21 Jul 11
My boyfriend makes too much to get food stamps and I can't get them because I'm a college student. One of his friends did have them for a couple months and it helpe out a lot but like I said he makes too much so no one here can get them. I haven't looked at food pantrys. I'm not sure if there are any around. People keep mentioning them. Ill probably have to look into it.
• United States
21 Jul 11
Well I don't know the whole story but somehow my boyfriends income effects them getting food stamps since we as a household make too much or something like that. I know since I'm a college student I'm not allowed to get food stamps unless I work 21 hours a week but once college classes start up again it won't be a problem for me because I will be able to eat in the cafeteria. It has effected our relationship in many negative ways but I'm just hoping that something is solved soon.
• United States
20 Jul 11
We go through the same thing spending over $100 a week in groceries and always running out of food!! I try to do the shopping differently every time but I fail, If you can find those 10 for $10.00 deals in the microwave section that works okay but it don't really last long, and I agree with the below post about noodles macaroni can make several different types of meals.I am hungry all the time too!!
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• United States
20 Jul 11
The only problem with the little microwave deals is that i live with three boys and they can and will all eat a ridiculous amount of food.
@Masihi (4413)
• Canada
20 Jul 11
Pasta and rice make wonderful meal fillers, so does potatoes, All three are so versatile in how you pprepare meals and casseroles. Also, there's bulk stuff you can buy like peanut butter, grains, barley, cereals, anything in bulk that you can find at a discount/wholesale store. The other people should chip in and purchase some items as well as needed.
• United States
20 Jul 11
That pretty much what we buy. Pasta, rice, and potatoes. Right now we have ran out of anything besides potatoes so we have been making potatoes in every different way we can think of.
@chrislotz (8137)
• Canada
22 Oct 11
Now that 4 months have passed can I ask you what you are doing to eat now? Did you take some of the advice people here gave you? I know a person can eat pretty cheaply today, at least where I live. A person can buy things like wieners for really cheap and pastas. You could bake your own bread but I know that isn't always so easy and might not always be inexpensive as flour can get costly and so can yeast. You could buy meats like hamburger and make big pots of chili or spaghetti sauce or hamburger soup. They go a long way in feeding a lot of people. I make a lot of home made soups and I make them hearty by putting a lot of vegetables like potatoes and carrots in them. I buy a chicken and after roasting it I take all the meat off the bones and use the bones to make soup stock. Then I take the leftover meat and add celery and onions and mayo and lettuce and make it into sandwich meat. That can go a long way too when put between bread. lol You can make potato pancakes with leftover mashed potatoes by just adding an egg and some flour and make them into patties and fry them. There are so many ways to make food go farther and you can buy food for cheap by looking around. Frozen meat is usually cheaper than fresh. Good luck and happy mylotting my friend, Chris
@cream97 (29087)
• United States
8 Sep 11
Hi, CherryDiamonds. Welcome to myLot! It is no wonder that you are starving. You have three other people living with you and $100 is spent on groceries alone. I think that you all should try a local food bank that gives out free food. You can also try applying for SNAP Benefits at your local DSS too. Maybe they can use your or your boyfriend's income to make a decision on how much they may grant you, if they decide to do so. Maybe the other three people can apply for SNAP Benefits too, if they are an adult having a low income. I hope that you all are eating more now, because it is no fun to be hungry at all.
@mommyboo (13174)
• United States
21 Jul 11
Do you have 99 cent stores there, or any dollar type stores that have produce and frozen goods? Some things you can buy lots of - although they are not really nutrition powerhouses - ramen noodles - often those are like 15-16 cents a package or when they are on sale you can get them 8 for $1 or 10 for $1, other pasta when it goes on sale (many times the grocery store has the lb packages for 50-99 cents each), boxed store brand mac & cheese (Target brand is as good as the kraft and occasionally cheaper), frozen pot pies and banquet frozen meals are generally cheap, I see them for 50 cents to 99 cents pretty often. If you DO have dollar stores with produce and frozen goods - you can get a dozen eggs for 99 cents, bags of salad or romaine heads (3 in a bag) 6-packs of fresh tomatoes, bags of apples, peaches, and limes, zucchini or cucumbers, fresh mushrooms, cilantro, green onions, for 99 cents, often melons or berries for 99 cents. I've also gotten things like frozen chicken nuggets or tenders, frozen burritos, canned tuna and chicken, canned soups, cake and cookie mix. Add in ideas - sometimes they have bagged stirfry veggie mix, which is chopped cabbage, shredded carrots, broccoli - and a bag of that stir fried with some cooked ramen noodles with the flavor packet added and some soy sauce is pretty yummy. It would technically add up to a meal for $1.10 - if you're figuring 10 cents for the package of ramen and 99 for the bag of stir fry veggies. You can get hot dogs or small packages of cold cuts there too... a box of mac & cheese with some cut up hot dogs works, or you could get a can of chili and mix that in. A bag of salad plus a few sliced up tomatoes and some sliced up cucumber. Buy meat in bulk when it's on sale - like get 5-6 lbs of ground beef when it's less than $2 a lb and then bag it up into 4 meals worth and freeze it. Get bread when it's reduced or from a hostess thrift shop. Cereal and milk makes a good meal/snack as well as tuna or egg salad sandwiches, or pb&j... or grilled cheese.
@djbtol (5493)
• United States
21 Jul 11
Good tips for saving money. If one does not make an effort to do so, food can consume a lot of your money.
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@marguicha (215148)
• Chile
8 Sep 11
People your age need a lot of carbos as you spend a lot of energy. Pasta, rice, bread, potatoes, corn are good ideas to stop hunger. Check in your super for offers. Sometimes they have food that will be out dated in a few days with less price. I´m sure you will eat it before. I hope this helps.!
• India
2 Nov 11
Welcome to mylot Here in India, there are cheap food sold at road side by vendors, but i guess they are not healthy at all, it is better to buy the costly thing, which are safe. Thanks for sharing here in this discussion Have a nice day ahead. Professor ‘@Bhuwan@’. .
• United States
20 Jul 11
Ramen is pretty cheap and I like the taste. Also try buying boxes of uncooked pasta (the store brand), I don't think that's very expensive either. Go through the newspaper and see if any grocery stores near you are offering any deals or coupons. A lot of times, grocery stores will offer buy one, get one free promos and that would be really helpful for you. Definitely check the newspaper, I think they usually do it on Sundays (that's when they do it for me) and you can clip out the coupons or see what deals different stores are offering. There's also a pretty good website called CouponSuzy and they offer a bunch of different coupons for different food items. Don't be afraid to use coupons! They can help you save a lot, just watch that show of people using coupons and they end up paying literally nothing for about a thousand dollars' worth of groceries.
• United States
20 Jul 11
I look for coupons as much as i can and we buy ramen by the cases so it last for quiet a while. We just finished our last box, probably going to get some more on Friday.
• United States
20 Jul 11
You could also try going to stores like Sam's, Costco, or BJ's. These places sell items in bulk at fairly decent prices. You could go there for the things that wouldn't go bad over long periods of time. It would be great for frozen foods and other things too. Is it just you and your boyfriend paying for food? If it is, then the other people should at least add some money to help cover the costs.
• Philippines
21 Jul 11
Maybe try planting vegetable in your backyard. REally can help your savings and are good sources of nutrition as well. Vegetables are also cheap to buy in the market compared to meat. Noodle products are also cheap but really got not much of the nutrition you need. I suggest load up on vegetables especially the green leafy ones. Just my two cents in here.
• China
21 Jul 11
yeah,i agree with you ,trying to plant vegetable by yourself,will help you to save a lot of money,and in the mean while,you dont care you will lose nutrition:)best way:)
• United States
24 Aug 11
Man, your situation sucks big time! What I would do, to get those loser friends to help out is as follows. Stop buying anything but ramen noodles. Nothing else! After a few weeks of ramen for breakfast, lunch, and dinner maybe those bumfaces will decide they are tired of it and chip in. If your boyfriend asks what's up with all the ramen tell him it's not your place to buy and cook for bumfaces! Stop doing the dishes. When the lazy people go to get plates or cups there won't be any. When they ask you why you did not wash them tell em that you don't feel like hunting down dishes to clean. Your boyfriend really needs to wiseup to those mooching losers!
• United States
7 Sep 11
I figured I'd update on this whole situation. I can't figure out to reply to my post. I haven't been on for a while. But I guess back then I didn't realize how bad he was either. But I finally moved out. They were all horrible people who just used each other. I'm back in college now and have meal plans and everything so I don't go hungry anymore. How they are doing back at the house? I have no idea. I think everyone ended up moving out and going their separate ways finally.
@Pose123 (21635)
• Canada
21 Jul 11
Hi CherryDiamonds, Do you have a No Frills store in your area? It usually has the cheapest foods. Pasta is one of the best buys and you can often get it at Walmart for a good price. Maybe you can take advantage of a food bank if there is one in your area. Clip coupons whenever you can as well. Blessings.
@salonga (27775)
• Philippines
21 Jul 11
Learn to eat just enough and always drink plenty of water to fill the gap. I suggest you also buy noodles which is filling but not at all expensive. Also do buy veggies in season which are normally cheaper.
@blue65packer (11826)
• United States
21 Jul 11
What I don't understand is why so many people are living with you. Why aren't they contributing more tho the food bill? Why are you left doing all the work when it comes to the grocery bill and fixing the food? It sounds like the extra people in your household are taken adavantage of you and your boyfriend. That is just my opinon. I suggest trying an Aldi grocery store if there is one in the area. Cut out the snack foods and soda if you are buying that. That really adds up! Like other had maention,lots of pasta,lots od rice and lots of Hamberger Helper!
@ckciasigurl (2081)
• Italy
21 Jul 11
hi cherry diamonds try to buy foods that it will help u budget your money i mean, you buy a foods that all of you can eat it do not buy a food that is containing a small amount of food. try also to tell to your 3 friends to buy there own foods so that you will have a contribute in foods.
23 Jul 11
I can relate to that. I have recently started on a medication that leads to weight gain and increased appetite. I have been on this medication before and that time I put on a stone. It took about a year to get my weight down again after I came off it. I think the best deals for suppermarkets is Morrisons, Tesco Value, Saisburys Basics I hope things improve. It least we don't have to pay VAT on these essential items. Happy shopping!
@hailey11 (45)
• Canada
21 Jul 11
i understand your situation and you can not go on like this any longer. you should buy as many filling foods as possible, pasta is a great option. it is cheap and very filling. when mixed with soomething simple like tuna it makes a great meal. stick with carbs they are your best option.