Lately while watching Youtube cooking videos I remembered this story from my own past:
1986. A church friend said to me, "Kelly and I were talking. She says you only spend $130 for groceries each month?"
I replied, "Yes. Around $132, actually, and that's for anything you can buy at a supermarket. Even supplies like paper towels, shampoo, detergent. You know. Everything."
She said, "That's pretty good. But then we remembered you only have 3 people in your family. We each have more."
Well, Honey, knowing people as I did (and still do), earlier I'd prepared for such a remark.
I told her, "True. But I figured-out on paper that my $130 budget comes to $11 per week per person. So if you have more than 3 people? Just multiply that number by $11 then by 4 for each week in a month."
She nodded. Walked away. Never brought up that subject again. シ
The 1980's. What I remember best? The challenging-but-invigorating time I had learning to stretch every bit of --
and even cans and food-packaging of all types for crafts and --
From the tiny town library I consistently checked-out books like these--
--and scribbled notes which I kept in binders. I craved knowledge on how to make something special from what everybody else was throwing away--and to, like, make 3 main dishes from 1 pound of ground beef.
And man, those 1980's were rough. Because of living on small amounts of money? Nope. Because the media weekly lectured us homemakers that we were wasting our lives.
Ha! Turns out we weren't. Fast-forward to 2020 and we prepared, food-knowledgeable, silly 1980's happy homemakers are whipping out our many skills and we are not panicking. Not even close. Rather, we're calmly practicing what we taught ourselves so very long ago--and reaping rewards.
And today as always I'll say do what you want.
Yet if I were young again, with a family and had my income slashed? I'd be searching like crazy for all the hacks, hints and lessons available regarding how to live richly when you appear to be poor.
Appearances are not everything. In fact, often they are dressed-up lies.
One last thing: If you have the Internet? Wow. Count yourself incredibly blessed to be hooked up to thousands of folks with advice on how to live well and happily on very little money.
Way back in the 80's just the idea of such a wondrous thing would've blown our homemaker minds into bits like confetti.
"I can do allll things through Christ who strengthens me." ... Philippians 4:13. Even in 2020. Even during a worldwide pandemic.
You weren't very prepared for this big Life interruption? Don't panic. You can stretch what you have, make it seem like double, even, by using new skills, age-old tricks and common sense. Seriously!
When changes beyond our control happen, we must be willing to make changes of our own in order to thrive.
Ooooo.... some of you will love this inspiring video to pieces! The only problem was that it made me even antsier for our outdoor growing season to begin. シ (It's snowing this morning. Again.)
Don't Let This Define You Need your blood pressure numbers to drop? This video will take them down.
Oh! And here's one of my favorite 'Tessie videos.' She shows us how The Have More Plan book changed her life. (I told you about that book while we lived out at the farm. I gave away my copy to a young dad who was excited about starting his own little farm with his wife.) Enjoy!
Always remember: Youtube Is Your Friend!
Make 50 Meals From One Ham
6 Easy Canned Tuna Recipes
Oh, and if you can, you may want to stock up on meat. I've got a good supply of canned chicken and tuna and some frozen ground beef, you know, just in case.
Easier said than done though, I know.
But there are rumors that some meat plants may be shutting down due to sick employees, but even there, since there are millions out of work, couldn't some of them fill-in for awhile? Or yeah, probably that would be too complicated in our Country which is big-time exposing its ignorance, weaknesses, lies and power-hungry state officials.
(And hey, considering how I've lately become a Flaming Radical Independent, I think I made it through this post pretty well with just that one snarky line. heh.)
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15