Tag Archives: food stamps

Summertime, and the living’s dicey

I thought it time for an update on our food budget/shopping situation, especially after some of the changes that have happened with our income and such. It all began in the spring, after I started working again. I can remember … Continue reading

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Crash and burn

One of the side-effects of the recent spate of busy-ness has been a loss of control over the budget. Since I hadn’t really gotten an effective system in place, there wasn’t one to fall back on when things got hectic. … Continue reading

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“We’re doing pretty well, for poor people”

In a recent post, I began addressing the question of affordability, noting the high rate of food insecurity in the United States and wondering where our family fit compared to the rest of the nation. We have not been food-insecure … Continue reading

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Still Waiting…

Well, Tuesday came and went with no replenishment of our grocery account, which then held $2.67. So did Wednesday. I called The Agency and was told, in a less-than-compassionate tone, that since my review form was received late, things would … Continue reading

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Failure Update

I’ve realized something over the past few weeks of trying to do too much with too little: the phrase “my plate is full” doesn’t account for the size of the plate, nor for its strength. A foot-wide stoneware platter can … Continue reading

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I Forgot to Mention…

…that when I started the job, our family’s food benefit went from $640 to $506 per month. The difference between the two is roughly equal to one week’s pay. Good times.

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Under Budget Again

We made it by a fairly comfortable margin this month, not that I’m giving any credit to our Walmart trip for the achievement. On the contrary; as I mentioned at the time, it was actually more expensive to shop there … Continue reading

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