By Mike Thayer
Payday isn't for another couple days and you've got just a few bucks in your wallet.... What are you going to eat over the next few days?
Been there, done that.
That's why it's SO important to have a well stocked pantry, to be able to make and eat good food until that next paycheck hits the bank account.
When you've got cash in your pocket, there are those times when it's tempting and all too easy to stop at that convenient fast food joint or order a pizza..... Don't do it. Head to the grocery store instead. Invest that money you are tempted to spend on junk food, on stocking up your pantry instead. Investing in pantry items is like money in the bank, when those lean $ days hit, you have no frets about how you're going to feed yourself.
Regular readers know that I've written about the importance of having a well stocked pantry and what to put in it before. If you're new to this site, or you wish to review that pantry list, you can read up on that here:
When you're short on bucks, it's nice to be able to just reach into the pantry and fridge/freezer and pull out some ingredients to make a pot of chili, or put together some kind of chicken dish for example. There's no reason to worry about what you're going to eat with just three simple planning steps.
STEP 1: Every time you are tempted to eat fast food or order a pizza, head to the grocery store instead, $7 spent on a burger and fries goes WAY farther at the grocery store.... You know this, so to borrow a line from Nike, "Just do it." Invest your money in the ability to create multiple meals, not just one (fast food) or two (pizza).
STEP 2: If you don't like to cook, learn. This is a life skill, heck, a survival skill. Know how to feed yourself, don't depend on others to do it for you. Side benefit: Family, friends and more importantly that special someone, likes that skill in you. If you already know how to cook, kudos, go to Step 3.
STEP 3: Meal plan and grocery shop based on what you have and/or don't have in your pantry. These things go hand in hand. Knowing what you want to eat and having it at the ready = making it happen.
Yes, it's that simple. Buying a pizza typically costs around $20 and that's two meals, maybe three, tops. Spending $20 at the grocery store gets you a variety of canned and/or dried goods; soups, vegetables, meats, etc., that you can have on hand to create a number of some rather tasty meals with.
Invest in a pantry, it's 'food' money in the bank.