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Lately I had the opportunity to teach a class on budget and living frugally. I asked the class to write on a piece of paper that they only got $16.00 to spend for groceries for the month, what would they spend it on? So I ask you, what would you write down?
They could use anything they had on hand to supplement this $16.00 except money, what could they do? The point of this was to have them reflect on their storage. Is it where you could successfully accomplish this? If you only have wheat and nothing more, do you have a grinder? Do you have the other things it takes to turn this into bread? Do you have stuff stored to go on it? Stretch it out from there adding first what could you store so you could live on $16.00 worth of groceries a month?
Ideally you would not like to have that budget but I am here to say it does happen and sometimes there is no money for this, so be mindful of that. When things are going well store food and needful items for when times are hard.
http://www.simplyprepared.com/recipe_archives.htm here are some recipes to give you ideas on using your storage.
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-tips-to-mend-damaged-clothing.html/2 this has five mending video clip, press orange arrow. Valuable to be able to mend your clothes, not many off rack clothes are made to last.
https://extension.usu.edu/htm/publications/file=12839 this is the SOS mix recipe with recipes. This takes the place of canned soup. Very handy to have on hand!
http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/03/soup-or-sauce-sos-mix.html this is gluten free.
http://www.budget101.com/content.php/165-scratch-recipes-storebought-items don’t run to the store for a ready-made mix make your own…it saves $.
http://iowagirleats.com/2011/09/21/how-to-cook-on-a-budget/ some ideas here.
http://iowasue.blogspot.com/ the Iowa housewife is my favorite for scratch cooking - fantastic recipes.
http://www.mennonitegirlscancook.ca/p/recipe-index.html this is my second favorite. I love the baking with yeast. I love the rolls and platz... platz are soooooo wonderful they will be a fast favorite for you too.
So here are plenty of things to add to your quiver of arrows. Along with these sites pick up old church type recipe books that have everyone's favorite recipes. They are usually a quarter or go to the thrift stores or used book stores or your library. They can be found at the library book sales as well. Borrow one from a friend. The main thing is have recipes that you can make from what you stored... and make sure you store plenty of favorite recipe ingredients.
Work on your food storage binder which has all family favorite food storage friendly recipes so you can pull this out when planning a grocery trip and hopefully you have more than $16.00
Keep working on your storage. You're doing great!