This guy who works for CNN is doing something interesting for the month of February. He is giving himself a food budget for the same amount of money that he would get if he had to depend on food stamps (now called the SNAP program), and he is blogging about it. Just reading this article made me think a lot about how much gets wasted just in my house… leftovers getting thrown away, and items that i buy and forget about and they go bad. I also eat out far too often, mostly just because “I don’t feel like cooking” or even more accurate, I don’t feel like cleaning up after cooking.
Since I got laid off, I have paid off and closed 2 “store” credit cards, and have used my two “real” credit cards minimally. I am proud of that, but reading this article, I realize that I could do other things better. I should really make a budget plan, and do my best to stick to it. I do not even have to do too much work, I can go read about what Crazy Aunt Purl did, and she has even made up a template and shared it. (link is in this blog post) Perhaps, even though its a tough time and looks like it will be a while until things really get better for a lot of people, it will help us all to learn not to be so wasteful and to live more within our means. I hope that I can do that anyway, because it would be nice to have some good things come out of this rather than just be upset about everything until I find another job, and then just start the same cycle all over again.