Sunday, March 1, 2015

Inclement Weather Hurts the Budget

In today's News and Observer there is an article about snow days leading to hunger for those who get free meals at school. A single mom was interviewed. Her family was going through food so fast she could not keep up. She used funds put aside for utilities to buy more food. 

This got me to thinking. What can someone do when funds are EXTREMELY tight but they have to feed 6 kids 3 meals a day. Usually they only plan on 1 meal a day. 

Personally I think it best to slowly build a bit of your own emergency food supplies.   
During the warmer months buy items that won't spoil such as canned soups, crackers, peanut butter, canned fruit. Flour, sugar and other items would be great to build a small stockpile. Buy a little bit at a time so it won't put a dent in your food budget. Even boxed Mac and cheese can be used in these situations. I know reading those words make some cringe but we are dealing with folks already on the edge. I think we can all agree that eating like this long term is not ideal but for short periods of time I think it's okay. 

What do you do when the weather plays havoc on your finances?  When you have very little food and no $$ to spend?  

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