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by Leiann Lynn Rose Spontaneo (subscribe)
Studied Political Science at Duquesne University. Highest Honors Graduate in Fitness and Nutrition from Stratford Career Institute. Her passion is fitness and nutrition. She is obsessed with educating herself about the subject of hygge.
Published September 23rd 2020
A list to keep when the grocery money runs out
The following is a list of food to get you through the financial hard times. Personally, I have prepared and eaten every single one of them except for the French toast. I know how it is. I am poor.

All of these suggestions may be made either in a skillet, microwave, toaster or Crock-Pot.

There are so many different recipes with pasta as the star attraction, I could never list them all. You can buy boxes of pasta at the local grocery stores for $1.00 or under, here in the United States. My personal favorite is fettuccine. You can even make Cincinnati Chili, which is preparing chili and then placing on a bed of pasta. You could make Egg Drop Soup, which is Ramen noodle soup with an egg dropped in. There is also the ever-loving mac n cheese!

You can make sunny side up, scrambled or have an egg sandwich etc. Why not make some eggnog?

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Canned tuna
Make tuna salad and have on crackers, toast, or on a bed of lettuce.

Canned chicken breast
Make a chicken salad and have on crackers and bread.

Crock-Pot dump cake
Pour one can of filling in first, then cake mix and then 2 sticks of butter! Cook for about 2 to 2 hours.

Lemon water
Instead of buying expensive bags of lemons, buy bottled lemon juice for about $1.00 here in the United States.

Iced tea
Use tea bags instead of iced tea mix.

Make potato salad or even German Potato Salad made with kielbasa, baked potatoes and fried potato wedges.

Hot dogs
Personally, plain hot dogs do not fill me up. However, if you dress them up, they can be filling.

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Canned vegetables
You can make a vegetable stir fry with rice or vegetable soup.

A loaf of bread
You can consume peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheeses, lunch meat sandwiches and french toast.

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Whether you make the pancakes from scratch or from a box, this is good to have not only for breakfast but for dinner too.

In Closing

Many years ago, I went to the library and found a recipe by a woman who had no grocery money. So, she came up with a concoction called Mix n Match Skillet: 1 vegetable, 1 meat, 1 soup and 1 pasta. Combine in a skillet. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 25 minutes. Voila. There are many times this recipe has been prepared for dinner for myself. You just never know what vegetable, meat, soup or pasta you are going to end up with.

Don't think of yourself as being poor, just frugal.
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