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There is no excuse...

Posted by Anonymous   + Show Post

To not be able to eat healthy on PA.

I'll preface by saying:

My DH and I have never been on PA before, but recently he lost his job (as in 2 weeks ago recently). We both have multiple applications out, and are hoping for a call back. He had a callbck today, but he still has to go through multiple interviews, etc.

Anyway, while we are waiting for this, we did apply for PA. We had a great savings built, and then our YDD got sick and it was all put toward her bills. Well not all of it. We have enough to cover our necessary payments for about 3 months, but that's it.

I hope that we aren't on them any more than one month, I hate the thought of needing to use them because I feel there are so many more in need and I feel it's unfair to them that we even need them for this long. While things are unexpected, we should have planned better. 

I also understand why people complain about those who defraud the system now, I never realized that people were given that much. Many people in my family use PA, but since I don't talk to them, I didn't know how much was given to them.

Moving on.

We were approved for SNAP today, and my eyes bulged out of my head. I couldn't believe people claim you can't eat healthy on this! I spend $400 per month on healthy organic foods for my family of 4, that includes the foods for making my own baby food. They give our family of four $650!

I'm not bashing those who have the occasional snack. I'm sitting her typing this while devouring a piece of chocolate cake (Boxed mix that's been in my pantry for about 3 months to all you naysayers. It was leftover from ODDs birthday). I'm referring to those who believe your daily nutrition comes from potato chips, deep fried oreos, and spaghettios. (exaggeration, you know what I mean though.)

If you are someone who claims there is no way to eat healthy on PA you really need to recheck your budget. With a budget that high, even shopping organic would be simple. 

Anyway, stepping off the soap box (or the cereal box since we're talking food lol). If you're serious about wanting to eat healthy and have a limited budget and you just don't know how to do it, feel free to ask. I've made it work on $50 per week, and I've made it work on $200 each week. No matter your budget it is pollist. 

Posted by Anonymous on Jan. 25, 2013 at 5:21 PM
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amanda_n_e
by Bronze Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 6:25 PM
Thank you

Quoting Anonymous:


If you have local meat markets, try them for your chicken. Buying in bulk also helps.

Certain fruits and vegetables you can freeze for long periods of time. A vacuum sealer was my best investment. It may seem insanely expensive up front (because it is a little ridiculous), but it's very worth it. To keep fruits from turning colors when frozen (like apples) do a quick soak in some lemon juice before freezing. Freeze the foods you cook in your meals, then all you're buying throughout the year are the ones you like to eat raw. 

Gluten free can be hard to do on a budget, especially if you like breads and such. Check out thepeacefulmom.com for great gluten free recipes on a budget. She has a bunch. She's also the one who taught me alot of my budgeting techniques. 


Quoting amanda_n_e:

I don't get pa, but I'm struggling with a foods budget.

We eat lots of fruit and vegetables. Chicken. And we are gluten free




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singlemom1208
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 6:26 PM
Recipie for deep fried Oreos please!
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Sassy762
by CAFE SASSY HBIC on Jan. 25, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Anonymous
by Anonymous 6 on Jan. 25, 2013 at 6:27 PM

 have a good night.    you are still judging. 

Quoting Anonymous:

I'm not being judgemental, I'm tired of people being judged. I live for budget challenges, I have fun aiming to save high and spend low. So I KNOW living on low budgets for almost any diet can be easy if you work for it.

I'm damn tired of seeing ASSumptions that everyone on PA eats unhealthy and are fat obese slobs.

PA and bugets have nothing to do with eating healthy. If you TRY to eat healthy you will. And the reason people have that image of those on PA is because idiots like to use PA as an excuse, assuming no one will prove them wrong because most are too proud to admit they're on PA.

I'm not too proud to admit we need them. I'm not to proud to admit we should have saved better to plan for this. 

But I am proud to admit that I'm not using foodstamps as an excuse to let my health and the health of my family go to crap. If you eat unhealthy just admit to the fact that it is poor planning on your part and not at the fault of anyone else. Anyone who takes the time to plan their meals, no matter where they live, can live healthy on a budget. I'm not saying people need to diet, but living on junk food and soda certainly doesn't do a darn thing for your health. 

Quoting Anonymous:

 Judgemeantal bitches like you makes life so much fun on this site.

 

 

 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 7 on Jan. 25, 2013 at 6:29 PM
How did you get approved with a few grand in the bank? They denied my friend when her husband left because her son had a savings account with $3k in it.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jan. 25, 2013 at 6:29 PM


Oreos and pancake batter lol

Dip the oreos in pancake batter, drop them in the deep fryer. I don't remember how long, I eyeball it. Pull them out, sprinkle with powdered sugar, die of blissful amazingness.

See no judgement, I eat the stuff too lol, I just don't live off of it. 

Quoting singlemom1208:

Recipie for deep fried Oreos please!



Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jan. 25, 2013 at 6:30 PM


Because of how much we put out in bills each month. We have over 2K in bills. Here they take your expenses into account. We didn't apply for TANF since we have the money in the bank. We would have been denied for that. 

Quoting Anonymous:

How did you get approved with a few grand in the bank? They denied my friend when her husband left because her son had a savings account with $3k in it.



singlemom1208
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 6:33 PM
That sounds amazing!! Will have to try it next time I'm craving sweets. Lol

Goodluck with the jobs and everything.


Quoting Anonymous:


Oreos and pancake batter lol

Dip the oreos in pancake batter, drop them in the deep fryer. I don't remember how long, I eyeball it. Pull them out, sprinkle with powdered sugar, die of blissful amazingness.

See no judgement, I eat the stuff too lol, I just don't live off of it. 


Quoting singlemom1208:

Recipie for deep fried Oreos please!




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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jan. 25, 2013 at 6:35 PM


Do the same thing with candy bars, YUM!


Thanks :)

Quoting singlemom1208:

That sounds amazing!! Will have to try it next time I'm craving sweets. Lol

Goodluck with the jobs and everything.


Quoting Anonymous:


Oreos and pancake batter lol

Dip the oreos in pancake batter, drop them in the deep fryer. I don't remember how long, I eyeball it. Pull them out, sprinkle with powdered sugar, die of blissful amazingness.

See no judgement, I eat the stuff too lol, I just don't live off of it. 


Quoting singlemom1208:

Recipie for deep fried Oreos please!






Anonymous
by Anonymous 8 on Jan. 25, 2013 at 6:41 PM
Quoting wkukid:





Very few people come close to getting that. For example my family of two gets $157 in fs. That's not even half what op gets for four. And no you cannot eat healthy on that. I have the bloodwork to prove it.
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