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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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by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jan. 25, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Well then you're not budgeting properly, or you have an illness that needs treated.

Have you seen a geneticist? I'm malnourished, it's do to a genetic disorder. Not due to my budgeting. 

If a family of 6 in NYC can eat very happily on $350 per month (my parents) anyone can live on a budget. 

Quoting Anonymous:

Quoting Anonymous:

Sorry but my doctors disagree with you. My bloodwork continues to come back showing I'm malnourished. My son eats, I do not.

by Anonymous 9 on Jan. 25, 2013 at 7:20 PM

My family of 4 received $200 bucks a month and was told to live off of that. Obviously the organic section of the grocery store was out of the question. Thankfully we were able to get back on our feet quickly, the money given only lasted for 2 weeks, even while shopping at Aldi.

by Loree on Jan. 25, 2013 at 7:25 PM
It's relative to where you live. Even staples now are pricey.

No excuse for ANYONE to eat crappy though.
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by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 7:28 PM


Quoting -_-:

There are tons of excuses for it.

Example : the dog ate my shopping list.

 Also acceptable: I am totally shit faced and stoned so I am going to buy 40 bags of Cool Ranch Doritos. These things happen.

by Anonymous 8 on Jan. 25, 2013 at 7:29 PM
Quoting Anonymous:

I budget fine. My dad and stepmother shop in the same stores. For the two of them they spend over $300 a month. Single friends spend more than I do. Yes everyone coupons. Not to extremes, but they do coupon. Prices here are high. There's basically only one store and they price gouge. Not to mention we have the highest tax in the nation.
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