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Parents skipping meals so children donít go hungry as families struggle with longest cost of living squeeze in 60 years

 
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Been there, done it, lately.

But, hey..I lost weight! :)

We seriously are struggling, but I manage to make meals pretty cheaply.

Yesterday, I made a HUGE pot of homemade chicken and dumplings for around ten dollars. The chicken was 7 dollars, and I used a stick of butter, milk and flour (of course, my secret blend of herbs and spices) for the dumplings..it was delicious and lasted two days.

I know its very hard, these days, but we all have to learn to go back to home cooked meals. No fast food or take away meals. We have to learn to live like our grandparents did.
 Quoting: Hellcat Maggie


Done it here,too. No weight loss tho. Actually gained from using rice and pasta to fill up on one meal a day.

My luck, friggin starving and still gain weight.
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try Jasmine rice..
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Gotta 'love' capitalism
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What economic system would you prefer?
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i worked allday didnt eat only made 7000 so far this year but i cant get foodstamps because i work 1/4 of that 7000 goes towards geting to work and taxes
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Are you sure? Here in Washington State, you cannot get foodstamps unless you are working or in a work readiness program.

If you only made 7000 this year and didn't qualify, maybe you should look into it more, you should qualify. Do you pay rent? They definitely factor the rent cost in. I encourage you to try again.

I read that 33% of all full time workers are under the poverty line right now. I work two part time jobs and doubt I will clear ten grand this year. The work is so physical I can't take on a third gig, it would push me over the edge. If I get sick there are no paid sick days or anything like that. I am completely dependent on my good health to survive.
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Re: Parents skipping meals so children donít go hungry as families struggle with longest cost of living squeeze in 60 years
Well, "the world of our grandparents" isn't really gone. Not at all. Most of us have gone to ground while keeping the skills alive.

Buffed & toned arms come from kneading bread dough by hand, wielding a rolling pin & wooden spoons, hefting ceramic bowls & cast iron skillets, and bucking "economy size" larder staples.

This Spring, when blueberries & strawberries were on sale, I bought quite a bit. Some we ate fresh; the rest dehydrated in a very slow oven. No need for extra kitchen gadgets.

Right now there's a $2.99 turkey tenderloin defrosting for Thanksgiving dinner. It was at its pull date & marked down from $9.99. The $.59 bag of fresh whole cranberries will be made into cranberry relish, cranberry muffins, and a topping for bread pudding.

There's also a skillet of slumgullion bubbling in the kitchen! What is slumgullion? A 1-# packet of ground beef, a tin of tomato paste, a chopt onion, and spices. That will be lunch if anyone is hungry today, and lunch for several days after.

Also going to learn how to make tortillas this weekend. The bag of corn flour was on sale for $.99 so why not! And, the recipe is on the bag ;-)
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Re: Parents skipping meals so children donít go hungry as families struggle with longest cost of living squeeze in 60 years
I have a couple of bucks in the bank but have chosen to eat twice a day. Got down to 158 the other day at age 62. That's the lightest I've been in a decade. Frequently I go to bed hungry but that's what u have to do to lose weight. Besides, where this country is headed, we'll all be down to one or two meals a day.
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Re: Parents skipping meals so children donít go hungry as families struggle with longest cost of living squeeze in 60 years
I hate hearing of this but I believe it!
There should not be hunger anywhere as there is enough land and food for everyone. But it's still happening.

Back in the late 70's/early 80's when the interest rates
when sky high I did not have much money for food and I had 2 kids.
I learned to make food from scratch, that was the only way I could get by.

I can make meals from the basics. Beans, sugar, flour,
shortening ect.

If you can make food from scratch you probably will not starve.
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For $10 at my local store I can get a 10 pound bag of potatoes, a small bag of rice, a small bag of beans, and a 4 pound container of pancake mix.



Pancakes, potato pancakes, plain rice, beans, rice and beans, baked potatoes, fried potatoes, etc.

Lots of healthy calories and this is enough to feed an adult for an entire week.

I really think we need to drop all the crap out of our educational system and teach people survival cooking.
 Quoting: samanthasunflower


I hate to say it, cause I ate that way for years too, but there's a reason why diabetes and obesity are epidemic in this country.

Sure survival is survival, but if it puts you in the hospital in the end, and shortens your life a couple of decades, is it really survival?

My old landlord used to say "If you don't spend it at the grocery store now, you'll just spend it at the hospital later"

For years I was super broke and overworked and I ate toast for breakfast, crackers or bagels for lunch, and tortillas or pasta for dinner - that combined with taking ibuprofen for my back which I'm sure was damaged by the poor nutrition, gave me a nice gluten sensitivity and I can't eat wheat or anything related to or derived from wheat at all, the consequences of doing so are severely painful.

If you get all your calories from starches like you outlined above, eventually you will trash your metabolism. If you buy all that cheap food and don't spend more than that on supplements to make up for what you're missing you'll get depression & other mental problems.

Anyone can eat like that when they're young and get away with it. For me at 50, even though I work a very physical job which is like going to the gym for hours the whole time I'm there, if I ate like that I would gain so much weight, my menopause problems would spiral out of control, and depression would hit me like a ton of bricks.
 Quoting: Vision Thing


For the brain and the body to function optimally it requires animal protein, animal fat and B12. I buy several packs bacon, pounds of butter, full fat greek yogurt, etc when they are on sale.

I also save the bacon fat for roasting vegetables. Animal fats help the body absorb the nutrients in fruits and vegetables.

Pork rinds are a better alternative to potato chips as they are nothing but protein and have 0 carbs--and are extremely filling. Goes great with guacamole or salsa for a light lunch or dinner.
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Blessings of the state, blessings of the masses.
For more enjoyment and greater efficiency, consumption is being standardized. We are sorry ...
Let us be thankful we have commerce.
Buy more. Buy more now. Buy. And be happy.
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Everyone must sacrifice for the state.................
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The body doesn't live on food. Food is a drug and ONLY a drug. No different than tobacco.

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I've proved it and so can you.

Get this food fear out of your heads. It is completely illusionary.
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I do not understand what you all are talking about. The airports are jammed with more people traveling than ever before. The stores are already packed with people waiting for shopping to begin for Christmas. Hotels are full. Freeways are bumper to bumper.

Yet you all are implying the economy is either dead or dying. What gives. Either there millions of people who are in dire straits and as implied by the complaints on this forum or the media is lying about the airports, malls, stores, vacations, etc.

What gives?
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Re: Parents skipping meals so children donít go hungry as families struggle with longest cost of living squeeze in 60 years
Is this is what supposed to happened in U.S. :(

Hunger is becoming a reality for one in ten families who are skipping meals or relying on charity and hand-outs, a study said yesterday.

In some cases, mothers are putting their health at risk by eating only every other day to make sure their children do not go hungry.

Some nine per cent of people have sometimes skipped meals, gone without to feed their children or relied on friends, family or charity for food in the past 12 months, according to a study backed by Tesco.
Source: [link to newsdoors.blogspot.com]
 Quoting: thadus


Not good, starving parents isnt really a happy family environment now is it?

I also read that nearly half of all uk school teachers are buying food out of their own pockets in order to feed children than havent had breakfast or the funds to buy food during the day...

Half of teachers take food to school to feed poor pupils and 17% have even given children money to buy lunch
83% of teachers report seeing hungry pupils each day
55% said quarter of students arrive at school having not eaten enough
By GRAHAM SMITH


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This is not my idea of how humanity should have ended up, there is something very wrong in our society today.
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Re: Parents skipping meals so children donít go hungry as families struggle with longest cost of living squeeze in 60 years
I skip breakfast and lunch so my family can eat. Sometimes I'll have a piece of fruit.
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For $10 at my local store I can get a 10 pound bag of potatoes, a small bag of rice, a small bag of beans, and a 4 pound container of pancake mix.



Pancakes, potato pancakes, plain rice, beans, rice and beans, baked potatoes, fried potatoes, etc.

Lots of healthy calories and this is enough to feed an adult for an entire week.

I really think we need to drop all the crap out of our educational system and teach people survival cooking.
 Quoting: samanthasunflower


I hate to say it, cause I ate that way for years too, but there's a reason why diabetes and obesity are epidemic in this country.

Sure survival is survival, but if it puts you in the hospital in the end, and shortens your life a couple of decades, is it really survival?

My old landlord used to say "If you don't spend it at the grocery store now, you'll just spend it at the hospital later"

For years I was super broke and overworked and I ate toast for breakfast, crackers or bagels for lunch, and tortillas or pasta for dinner - that combined with taking ibuprofen for my back which I'm sure was damaged by the poor nutrition, gave me a nice gluten sensitivity and I can't eat wheat or anything related to or derived from wheat at all, the consequences of doing so are severely painful.

If you get all your calories from starches like you outlined above, eventually you will trash your metabolism. If you buy all that cheap food and don't spend more than that on supplements to make up for what you're missing you'll get depression & other mental problems.

Anyone can eat like that when they're young and get away with it. For me at 50, even though I work a very physical job which is like going to the gym for hours the whole time I'm there, if I ate like that I would gain so much weight, my menopause problems would spiral out of control, and depression would hit me like a ton of bricks.
 Quoting: Vision Thing


For the brain and the body to function optimally it requires animal protein, animal fat and B12. I buy several packs bacon, pounds of butter, full fat greek yogurt, etc when they are on sale.

I also save the bacon fat for roasting vegetables. Animal fats help the body absorb the nutrients in fruits and vegetables.

Pork rinds are a better alternative to potato chips as they are nothing but protein and have 0 carbs--and are extremely filling. Goes great with guacamole or salsa for a light lunch or dinner.
 Quoting: SnowLeopard 21080342


At the same Safeway store, I could buy 10 pounds of chicken legs and thighs for $7.90. There is enough protein in that chicken, combined with the protein in the potatoes, to take care of the protein issues. (BTW - one can live for months on only potatoes, they are a near complete food.)

I could also visit one of the vegetables stands that the hispanics run around here and pick up a giant head of cauliflower and cabbage for $3 total. I can get a 50 pound bag of small onions locally for $10.

Combine the potatoes, pancake mix, rice, beans, onions, cabbage, cauliflower, and chicken and I have 3 weeks worth of food for less then $30. I also have starch, protein, and vegetables.

If I wanted more meat, I could visit the local hispanic themed store where they put out their clearance (expires that day) meats for 75% off.

There is plenty of food in this country, people just don't know how to cook it from raw ingredients.
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For anyone struggling, don't forget big pots of spaghetti and chili. Frozen veggies are good and always cheaper. Load up on the beans in the chili, you can even put them over rice and potatoes to beef it up.

Soups are great. French onion is easy and extremely filling.

Oh and for the poster with ramen noodles. When I was small my mom would add frozen mixed veggies and whatever if any left over chicken she had. Makes it slightly healthier and more filling the whole meal even now would be just a few bucks.

If you can help it buy darker meats (poultry) and you can drain and skim most of the fat on the cheaper ground beefs. But don't skimp on your oils (olive) and butter. The fats are better/help you absorb more.
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Been there, done it, lately.

But, hey..I lost weight! :)

We seriously are struggling, but I manage to make meals pretty cheaply.

Yesterday, I made a HUGE pot of homemade chicken and dumplings for around ten dollars. The chicken was 7 dollars, and I used a stick of butter, milk and flour (of course, my secret blend of herbs and spices) for the dumplings..it was delicious and lasted two days.

I know its very hard, these days, but we all have to learn to go back to home cooked meals. No fast food or take away meals. We have to learn to live like our grandparents did.
 Quoting: Hellcat Maggie


I've done this too..except I couldnt even afford the chicken..we were down to 20 dollars on food every two weeks. I couldnt qualify for food stamps as I worked and we made too much money. it was very very hard..I lost weight and most the time didnt eat just so the little that we had would feed my two kids. The kids did qualify for free lunch during school so that was nice as I'm sure there were times that the free lunch was the best meal and/or only meal of the day for them.
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Is this is what supposed to happened in U.S. :(

Hunger is becoming a reality for one in ten families who are skipping meals or relying on charity and hand-outs, a study said yesterday.

In some cases, mothers are putting their health at risk by eating only every other day to make sure their children do not go hungry.

Some nine per cent of people have sometimes skipped meals, gone without to feed their children or relied on friends, family or charity for food in the past 12 months, according to a study backed by Tesco.
Source: [link to newsdoors.blogspot.com]
 Quoting: thadus


Right. So how come we still have so many fatties in this country?
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im poor but we eat fine,im an old fashiondn girl who cooks like my mom did,if my children choose not to eat it they go with out no crp food, thye soon want it in the end kids are s used to eating take out all the time.the goverment in the uk havnt a clue how hard it is for people on low wages, they just give everything to the ones who dont wana work, my kids have pack lunch at school wile there poor freinds have free dinners and they arnt poor thye got more than us. free rent and all.its the ones on low waged who should get help like higher wages, we work to eat and pay bills no holidays no luxurys.i have a nabor on benefits who go abroud every year and do alot better than we do its not fare.i skip meals all the time to be honest always have, but i always make sure everyones fed in my home.the way food prices are going up and bills thoe i dont know how we gona cope in the future its allready geting bad and i have to by the cheapest of everything.
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:) Love the part in bold...reminds me of my mama and frankly, I'm better for it today
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It was a different world growing up in the 60's. You were taught manners, hard work, etc. If I ever tried to back talk an adult I would be minus teeth and as mentioned if I didn't like dinner oh well, go hungry.

I hardly ever see kids playing outside anymore and more often then not when I see kids interacting with adults they say whatever they want and god forbid you spank your kid, they already know they can get you in trouble.

People's circumstances can change in an instant and the first priority is to take care of your kids and make sure their needs are met. I could go on and on but I wont LOL.

I totally understand the anger towards people that are on the dole and don't do anything to help themselves however they are those that are really in need.

Just wanted to add. We were very poor growing up and often had nothing to eat. We didn't have free lunches and there were times I would sneak and look in the garbage in the school lunchroom for something to eat.

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For $10 at my local store I can get a 10 pound bag of potatoes, a small bag of rice, a small bag of beans, and a 4 pound container of pancake mix.



Pancakes, potato pancakes, plain rice, beans, rice and beans, baked potatoes, fried potatoes, etc.

Lots of healthy calories and this is enough to feed an adult for an entire week.

I really think we need to drop all the crap out of our educational system and teach people survival cooking.
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I agree!
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Done it here,too. No weight loss tho. Actually gained from using rice and pasta to fill up on one meal a day.

My luck, friggin starving and still gain weight.
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It's not what you eat. It's how much you eat. Unless you have some underlying health issue, there is no reason to gain weight if you eat a healthy portion of food!

There's no need to fill up like you said. That is the reason why there is so much obesity in this world. People use food like a drug. Looking for that ultimate 'high' feeling. In your case, being 'filled up'.
Food is necessary to maintain health. Not for your emotional satisfaction.
Eat to live. Not live to eat!
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Unfortunately, this is sometimes the case for my household. I have lost 40 lbs in the last year and a half, trying to cut back and save so my kids get a decent meal. Some days I eat only eat crackers, oatmeal, or ramen noodles so my kids get to eat normal meals. I make enough for them. I don't get foodstamps, and there isn't much left after paying bills
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Most children are picky eaters. I babysit for three children and make from scratch 15 meals a week, breakfast lunch and dinner.Their mother works 11 hours a day with drive time. she still spends at least 300.00 a week on grocerys,The children have gluten allergies,peanut and lactose problems.They eat well but they are always hungry.And one of them will eat anything you put in front of her as long as you put kactup on it. Gluten free and sunbutter is not cheap. but nothing goes to waste.I bet after all household expensis and feeding the children she doesn't make more than me. crazy expensive world we live in.
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I do not understand what you all are talking about. The airports are jammed with more people traveling than ever before. The stores are already packed with people waiting for shopping to begin for Christmas. Hotels are full. Freeways are bumper to bumper.

Yet you all are implying the economy is either dead or dying. What gives. Either there millions of people who are in dire straits and as implied by the complaints on this forum or the media is lying about the airports, malls, stores, vacations, etc.

What gives?
 Quoting: ProudFossil




First off, did you personally COUNT all the people at all the airports or...are you relying on the news to tell you this?
Yeah, that's what I thought!

Here's something you might want to consider, there are less flights available thus, more people standing around at once! So not so sure much has changed as far as travelers.

Also.....

Stores are packed?
Hotels are full?
Freeways are bumper to bumper?

There will always be people in stores and needing hotels and driving but where are you getting this information from?

The fact is, there are more people hurting now than ever before. Stand back and watch how many people whip out an EBT card at the grocery store. I think THAT is more indicative of reality than judging whose doing what in these next 6 weeks!
People DO try to maintain a semblance of holiday despite this crisis so if they are traveling or shopping, I bet it's due to some great sacrifice (like immense budgeting all year)
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I just read some of the other comments. It is wrong to say that it is impossible to do without food in America. First off some of us, like my family make just a bit too much for food stamps, half of our income goes toward rent, then there is utilities, food, cleaning supplies, toilet paper etc, cell phone and internet. We don't smoke, but my husband buys dip once or twice a week, we don't buy alcohol or drugs. We don't waste money eating out, or on useless entertainment. For the nay sayers that say it's impossible that Americans do without, they are wrong. It is possible. I am sure that many who are on foodstamps a whole lot better than we do. We don't eat meat very often. I know many who are on foodstamps that eat all they want, and have nice cars,and clothes. I tell you its people that can't get foodstamps who are hurting the most. Those that are just over the limit to draw foodstamps. If you make $2500 or $3000 a month and half your money is going to rent, then you know what I am talking about. That doesn't even leave enough for a car payment in case your paid for automobile breaks down. In the last month I noticed items in the grocery store climbing 10 percent already. I use a price book to keep track of prices.
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This country has very little compassion, it's the old hey we are fine so who gives a f#$% about them! Gonna be so bad if things get much worse as the people who don't give a rats a$$ about anyone else will be the first in line taking double amounts of free food at the food bank! Look up all and love your bros and sisters because you may need them some day. While you sit and stuff yourself this thanksgiving remember there are people out there with hardly anything to eat. 1 tribe ya'll peace
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why would u have kids if u are poor, god damn americans are dumb
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Right, because falling on hard times only happens at the most opportune moments. How about after having the kids? Medical bills, loss of jobs, etc- think these things happen to people at the perfect moment?
Idiot.
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those excuses can be valid, but are thrown around like every poor family just fell on hard times AFTER having their children because of these rough economic times. in the reality i see in federal way just south of seattle is a bunch of fat greasy lazy ass welfare fucks of black, white, and latin descent continually pumpin babies out with different fathers. they complain about the government not supplying them with enough cash for their children then light up a smoke and head out to get their nails or hair done, stop by the store to pick up more smokes, junk food for the kids and some liquor for their man (if they can find him). soooooo stop throwin around that crap like it's a legitimate excuse for the masses. most around here were livin this way loooooong before the economic crash and will continue to live this way well into the best of economic times. most of us know that SOME have fallen on hard times through little to no fault of their own, but a majority are just a bunch of worthless lazy fucks spongin up our tax dollars that could actually go to some needy family that deserves it. if was legal, i'd spend my holiday season goin around and punchin them all in the face then let the dog gnaw an ankle and drag em around a little. they just don't realize how thankful they really should be that by law i'm not supposed to do that.
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I do not understand what you all are talking about. The airports are jammed with more people traveling than ever before. The stores are already packed with people waiting for shopping to begin for Christmas. Hotels are full. Freeways are bumper to bumper.

Yet you all are implying the economy is either dead or dying. What gives. Either there millions of people who are in dire straits and as implied by the complaints on this forum or the media is lying about the airports, malls, stores, vacations, etc.

What gives?
 Quoting: ProudFossil




First off, did you personally COUNT all the people at all the airports or...are you relying on the news to tell you this?
Yeah, that's what I thought!

Here's something you might want to consider, there are less flights available thus, more people standing around at once! So not so sure much has changed as far as travelers.

Also.....

Stores are packed?
Hotels are full?
Freeways are bumper to bumper?

There will always be people in stores and needing hotels and driving but where are you getting this information from?

The fact is, there are more people hurting now than ever before. Stand back and watch how many people whip out an EBT card at the grocery store. I think THAT is more indicative of reality than judging whose doing what in these next 6 weeks!
People DO try to maintain a semblance of holiday despite this crisis so if they are traveling or shopping, I bet it's due to some great sacrifice (like immense budgeting all year)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16195416

I live 70 miles out in the country so my information(?) is coming from CNN and MSNBC. They show chaos at the airports because of 44,000,000 people going somewhere for Thanksgiving. We had to go to a funeral in Trinidad, Colorado on I-25. Bumper to Bumper in every city, especially Denver. It was so bad in Denver we had to use side streets which were still busy but at least moving. And the hotel in Trinidad was packed solid.

I go to the grocery stores in town twice a month. There is always at least 3 to 4 people in every checkout line. You can't even park at the malls without having to walk a mile to get to the store. I had a question at the local Apple store and had to wait about 30 minutes before a clerk was free and there were about 20 clerks.

Yes, there are a FEW who do not have money but they are rare and far between. Look at the unemployment. It is going down rapidly so people are working. Illegals are streaming here because the conditions here are so much better than anywhere else.

So don't give me this bullshit about millions of children going hungry and millions of parents goin hungry.
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Re: Parents skipping meals so children donít go hungry as families struggle with longest cost of living squeeze in 60 years
Sad how so many of us are in the same position....

I am amazed at how, when push comes to shove, learning to eat cheap is not as difficult as many think. Making meals that will stretch as warm ups, like chicken and dumplings as one poster spoke about, is really key to keeping the food budget down.

My husband or I used to go to the grocery store almost daily, for things we misse during shopping or to satisfy a whim. That is a thing of the past, be we are surviving. Many of us were very spoiled and could eat in any manner we wanted. Now, we had to learn how to eat right, but cheap. For some it is really a shock and for other, like me, I realized how much we wasted and learned how to conserve.

There are times when I eat something like cereal while my child has the last of the leftovers from last nights dinner, but I'm surviving just fine. Here are some of my tips:

Many casseroles can be made meatless an are still nutritional.

Whole wheat pasta is not that much more expensive than white bleached pasta.

Soups in a bag are both nutritious and very inexpensive - add some potato rolls or the pillsbury type that you bake and it's a warm and feel good dinner.

Ramen noodles are fine for kids for a snack, but they are not good substitutes for a meal...their nutritional value is in the pits.

I don't take handouts from the government - period. I don't begrudge those who do, it is just my preference for myself. I won't fall into that trap and will continue to do for myself, through the survival skills I have learned over time.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving GLPers.
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Ramen soup can be made nutritious by taking an egg and mixing it into the boiling soup. The Chinese do this with their soups and it doesn't change the taste.
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Re: Parents skipping meals so children donít go hungry as families struggle with longest cost of living squeeze in 60 years
I do not understand what you all are talking about. The airports are jammed with more people traveling than ever before. The stores are already packed with people waiting for shopping to begin for Christmas. Hotels are full. Freeways are bumper to bumper.

Yet you all are implying the economy is either dead or dying. What gives. Either there millions of people who are in dire straits and as implied by the complaints on this forum or the media is lying about the airports, malls, stores, vacations, etc.

What gives?
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people are probably putting it on credit cards.
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Re: Parents skipping meals so children donít go hungry as families struggle with longest cost of living squeeze in 60 years
Obama's dreams for America are finally coming true!

Change you can believe in!
"You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it." -Morpheus