April 28, 2012 5:14 PM Subscribe
Food and friends on food stamps.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (72 answers total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
I'm on food stamps (recently approved), and just finished my first job application of the day. When I buy food, it's from a mix of food stamps and my dwindling resources.
Right now, I'm eating some plain cooked, boiled chickpeas, and earlier ate some instant soup from a package. I wonder what sorts of things I can do to not have that "I'm starving!" moment at the end of the month, and before the first week of the next month, which is when the new food stamp balance kicks in.
So far, I've been buying flour and making simple drop biscuits with water and oil. Mostly, I feel tired and listless at the end of the month and want the last week of the month to just magically be over so I don't have to go through it worrying about food.
What sorts of things would be good to cook? I don't have a slow cooker, but do have a cooking stove. Also, how do you season food without using a ton of salt? I'm good at eating plain food that's simply baked or boiled, but it's getting monotonous. My staples have been salt, some garlic, or using dried fruit. Basic herb collections cost money, and I'd rather spend it on fresh food and protein. Other suggestions?
Also, I've noticed that being poor makes me very hesitant to be social and meet people. I'm actually at a point where financially it's not a good idea to make unnecessary public transportation trips. How do you maintain socializing habits and motivation when feeling hungry and tired? Stuff that isn't helpful is linking to that YouTube video of an elderly woman making giant bowls of pasta: I think I'll go comatose if I eat more pasta meals. Also, I'm studying for the GREs and it's become hard to focus.
I'm open to suggestions that actually work and are encouraging. I prefer personal stories versus links, and what stuff you ate or cooked when struggling with something similar, and how you stayed buoyant.