In Reply to: Achieck, how about some shopping tips? posted by Jude on July 31, 2002 at 17:38:53:
Well, for my bachelor sons I find that putting food in their fridge doesn't even work. Maybe it's a guy thing, but if it doesn't pop out at them and cook itself, they have a hard time finding it. Have you seen that Carl's Jr. commercial with the guy poking his finger in the meat and standing there stupified? We always laugh and say it's our #2 son.
I gave up on them. But the 17 yr old came up with stuff on his own and well, the church folks help a lot too. The girls, of course, are more resourceful - is it a gender thing? Maybe not, because the oldest boy did start cooking and never ate out when he was in the Coast Guard and rooming with a buddy. But his musician brother has his head up in the clouds and has already burned a few pots and pans. Sigh - pray with me for a wife for him! J/K. Seriously though, they have had a hard time of it, they even tried to get on food stamps but couldn't qualify. They've had to work harder I guess or find more parties with food being offered. There was one roomate of theirs who was very resourceful and I was quite impressed. He always had things stocked like tortillas, refried beans, cheese, and he would make burritos or quasedillas (sp?) all the time. That's pretty darn cheap and good for you at the same time. Plenty of protein and dairy products.
Another idea, Make a big pot of chili and eat off of that for awhile, that could fill up a bunch of hungry young men for quite some time. I think my kids have learned to be pretty tight. They laugh at me and say it's my fault they can't buy anything unless it's on sale because that's what I do. Aha! It will be hard getting deprogrammed out of that one, tee-hee.
You know what, though? There are always nice people around willing to help, all you have to do is be nice in return. I saw a bumper sticker the other day - Something like - I am a religious person and my religion is kindness. I am very thankful for all the nice people we have met.