although I had to ask for a few free things. I was on the edge of poverty.
What follows is a Iist of tips on how to eat well and survive with very Iittle money. Using such things as homeless shelters for a warm meal is always an option, but many people have too much pride to do such things, so I'm excluding anything that is an obvious handout.
Cook at Home
Never eat out. Dining out is more expensive.
Stews and soups
A big pot with boiling water and whatever you can scavenge dumped in is the nutritious staple of the poor man's diet
Dress as well as you can and keep yourself clean.
If you don't. you'll feel worse and also be profiled. It's much easier to scrape together some food if you keep yourself reasonably clean and presentable.
If you live In an area with
recycling, take advantage.
Finding 20 or 30 cans can be a bonanza.
Grow some of your vegetables.
Fill up large pots with dirt and use them. Tomatoes and potatoes are very easy to grow.
Join or visit a church.
serve free meals after church and then another
meal on a weeknight.
I usually felt bad about
this. so I would volunteer
to do some minor vYOc1< around the church.
Don't fear the leftovers.
Make a large quantity of something and then eat
it for three or four days.
Don't be afraid to swap some odd jobs for a meal.
This works well in local
restaurants, particularly at truck stops or greasy spoons, but not at a chain or upscale restaurants. Ask to speak to die manager. offer to wash dishes in exchange for a meat This approach usually works best if you're presentable.
Go to food banks.
Remember. everyone needs help sometimes.
Compare prices at the grocery store.
Ask about sales, and buy when you know it's a
bargain. Use a shopping list. On y get what is on your list.
Get free stuff at fast-food restaurants.
Get free condiments -ketchup, mustard, s alt. and pepper. mayonnaise, and tartar sauce. I remember when I had to do these things to survive. If it weren't for the things I learned. I would not have made it.