When I took up the challenge of coming up with food choices or menus for living on a food stamp budget, I struggled with where to begin. The reason: I probably know more about making things from scratch and stretching a food dollar than a lot of people. Why? Because I took the real Home Economics class in the early 1970's where the first thing we learned to make was muffins from scratch.
What else did I learn from the good ole Home Ec class? Sewing, cooking from scratch, cleaning and generally an economical way to run a home. This kind of training went out the door as women went to work in order to help support their families and they needed faster tools for doing things: i.e. processed foods.
Getting back to my own food stamp challenge, I have decided to do two options. One for me and with my knowledge of stretching a food budget and one with someone who has not had the same background and training and uses convenience and processed foods.
With a $50 budget ($25 per person in my family) I will use that money to purchase what a person with my knowledge could make into menus. Since going on a SNAP budget means that we will probably have had hard times and I will have used up most of the items in my cupboard, I will be making up my grocery list with hardly any food at home in my pantry.
Plan B will be using convenience foods to fill the menus for a person who doesn't cook much and doesn't have the same cooking schools that I have.
For both plans I may add an option of getting a small amount of items (i.e. a few cans) from a food bank.
When the food ads come out, I will be using the ad for this week to make up the menus. In fact I may do these budgets for a couple of weeks using the successive food ads.
This was my stumbling block in getting this challenge done. I was struggling with the "Rules" of the challenge. Doing this challenge with a Plan A and a Plan B is just the ticket for my getting this research done.