Barbara's Thoughts

Barbara's Thoughts
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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Photos - Google+

Photos - Google+

I love this Sculpture... Its the Old Man of the Sea... of sorts.. LOL

Monday, January 13, 2014

How to Stop buying Processed Foods

Its the hardest thing to do, but I am going to try my best to start eating better this year. Its not a Resolution .. Its something I have tried getting better at last year.  Its kinda hard with what I have to deal with.

I get a very small Social Security Check each Month. And so with that I am fortunate enough to get Government Food Stamps, or now as they are called "SNAP".  I don't know how they determine how much each person or family receives.. But for me they have determined that I only receive $109.00 per month. Well, for the next 6 months anyway.  Then it is determined again. We have to be re-evaluated every 6 months.  My Monies have not changed in that 6 months, so I have no idea why they cut them. Other than they just don't have enough for everyone, who knows.

So, where should I buy my  groceries?  There are several Grocery Stores around, Some on the very high end of the spectrum, while others are on the very low side.  There is no difference in food products within these grocery stores.. Only that the high priced ones for some reason sell higher than the other ones.

I have been visiting a Food Bank, which helps out a lot, but I can't get there unless a friend is going. And so far we haven't gone in several months.  We are suppose to go each Monday, but for some reason or another we just have not gone.   By going there I can get fruits and veggies,canned and boxed items.

I usually go to WinCo.  I always thought those letters meant Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California, and Oregon.  See.. ... But no it doesn't.  But that is OK.. I loved my way of thinking .. LOL.. Anyway, they usually have everything I need in their Grocery Store.  And now I am going to see if I can buy everything I need by trying my darndest to not go down the Isles.. I know. What if I need  a Cream of Mushroom or a Cream of anything soup for a dish I am making?  Looks like I will have to make that soup before I make that dish.. Its going to be an interesting Month. I think I want to see what I can do myself.  That is the Challenge I have for myself this month.  Now Lets see if I can do it..... LOL.. Am I going to have fun with this?  I don't know.. we will see.

Now I have to see what I want to prepare for my Dinners for the Month. Well, I usually grocery shop each week, it seems to save me money this way for some reason. And I make out weekly Menu's that I go by for the week, another thing that saves me money. When I have a menu, I buy what I need from that menu, and use everything that I buy, Hardly nothing goes to waste..

Which before, I was just going to the store and buying meats, veggies, and canned goods,, butters, milks and such without knowing what I was going to do with them.  And there were times I would open the crisper up and notice something in there that I forgot to use, and had to toss it out.  I cannot afford to waste any foods or money ... And I was.. It has taken me a very long time to figure it out.  But that is OK.. this is an important time in my life.. Living to the end of it .. Keeping me strong, and sound, and making sure I have the best foods to sustain me till the end of life..