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Constant Struggle to Follow Plan

Our little three-person family used to eat out a lot. Hubby ate out twice a day before we married in 2007, and often his last meal was close to 10 p.m. Son and I didn't have any money so we ate the cheapest (and usually unhealthiest) foods we could find, which was often old bread and cakes from the food bank.

Now we've been married almost two years, and have been storing almost one year. We have all kinds of grains, pasta, vegetables, fruits, canned goods, powdered milks, oil, honey and so much more.

Yet, when I don't feel like cooking, the first thought is to go out. McDonald's for three (2 adults and one very Hungry Tween Boy) is about $30.00. Subway is about $20. Little Caesar's Pizza is about $11.00. And it's almost impossible to get a cheap wheat-free meal for the Hungry Tween Boy.

Hubby doesn't have much experience cooking, especially a healthy meal. But recently, when my health issues had me confined to bed, Hubby prepared a "snack meal" for Hungry Tween Boy (cashews, peanuts, carrots, dried peas, dried mango, and a big handful of healthy potato chips). Then for his meal, Hubby opened up some cans of oriental veggies, baby corn, mushrooms and bean sprouts, plus a can of crab meat and a can of tiny shrimp. He fried them up and piled them up on those healthy potato chips. Took the leftovers to work the next day. I ate yogurt.

Meanwhile, my point is: it is taking a concerted effort to stick with our plan. To get this house ready to sell. To write more books, even when I have a migraine. To help Son with schoolwork. To update this blog regularly, helping as many people as possible. And to save money for our farmland and build a special 4-plex on it, so we can create a 4-family self-sufficient community. It's one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life.

Anyone else struggling to stay with their survival-type plans?


ConfessionsOfAnOverworkedMom said...

We struggle every day. DH is disabled and has good days and bad days. The economy is not the best and that means not as much money to spend on what we want to spend it on. If I try to work more to make more money, that means less time to spend preparing.

I just try to take it one day at a time.

NVG-WmsFam said...

So glad we're not alone in this boat. Good to have someone to vent with. One day at a time. Deep breaths. Save every penny possible. Vikki