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Dillinger 09-03-2012 07:47 PM

Keeping It Real - Do You?
When I first moved out of the house and got on my own, most of my pitiful hourly wages went to pay for my rent, my car and my insurance.

Food was anything that I could buy in bulk at the local Safeway or whoever had a sale going. I couldn't afford a membership to Costco or Sam's Club. :o

Lots of off brand soups, grilled cheese sandwiches with whatever bread was on sale and the worst cheese in the biggest package. Tuna fish sometimes was lunch and dinner.

One thing that was on sale from time to time was Tortino's party pizzas. It was rare, but I used to be able to get them for $1.25 on sale and I would stock up. They were a little "indulgence" at the time.

Many years later my fridge and freezer are pretty well stocked most of the time, but every once in awhile I feel the need to have a throw back lunch and I always go to the Tortino's pizza.

They are awful. LOL

Nothing good or savory about them. Basically really bad cardboard with something imitating red sauce and little pieces of something that taste like meat.

But they remind me where I started and are a reminder of how hard I worked to get to where I am today.

It's a nice, humbling, exercise that both myself and my fiancee' practice (she likes to have Top Ramen to remind her of her trip).

Does anyone else do this? Or a version of it?

Discuss, or share your early move out, on your own stories.


trip286 09-03-2012 08:09 PM

Occasionally, I have a fried spam sammich. Usually once a year, in remembrance of the times when we had nothing, or very little, as kids growing up. That's all I'll eat for the day, because that's how it was back then, one meal, being one sammich, with one slice of spam, one slice of cheese.

Gone_South 09-03-2012 08:36 PM

I remember those days all so well. I can attest to one thing. A little mayonnaise can completely change the taste of a chicken pot pie or some ramen noodles. Almost like eating something completely different every now and then. Same with bologna. Just nuking it or frying it makes it so much different.

GaryGlock 09-03-2012 08:41 PM

I'm still living those days lol!!! My fridge looks like the grand canyon, big and empty.

Chainfire 09-03-2012 08:48 PM

I left home at 18, (1971) got married the day I turned 19 and My new wife and I moved t to Chicago,the same day. All I had to my name was $300.00, two days motel reservation, and two suitcases. No support from home as my Dad had been dead for a couple of years and Mom was struggling. I was in the Navy and it took a month to get my first check in Chicago. Before that month was over, I sold blood to buy food....I am not sure if I netted out or not.

That was the last time I have had to eat poor.

winds-of-change 09-03-2012 08:49 PM

My poorest days were when my kids were young and I was single. I wasn't really too broke in my single days pre single parenting.

We ate a lot of hot dogs, mac 'n' cheese, grilled cheese, Ramen noodles. I'd buy frozen Jack's pizza when they were on sale 4/$10.00. We'd sometimes have home made chili, sloppy joes or tacos. In the summer we'd grill home made hamburgers or chicken legs. It wasn't too bad, really. I could squeeze a penny until it screams. :)

Davyboy 09-03-2012 08:50 PM

The olden days
When I was 12 years old my uncle gave me a .410 single barrel shotty. Kept the family in meat for the best part of 4 years. Every rabbit pigeon or squirrel is a reminder of those hard times and still tastes amazing.

Zombiegirl 09-03-2012 08:53 PM

I love Totinos because I used to eat them as a kid. Once in a while I buy TV Dinners with the fried chicken, corn, mashed potato and a brownie. If I was by myself I would always scrimp on food but hubby must have meat and starch with dinner.....,

mrm14 09-03-2012 08:55 PM

Many years back just after my first divorce, I was so poor I couldn't even pay attention. In those coupe of years of poverty I used to eat flat bologna during the week and would treat myself to rolled bologna during the weekend.:D

tri70 09-03-2012 09:00 PM

I am still keeping it real! I have 3 kids and keep them fed ok on cheap hot dogs and cheap pizza. If a vehicle breaks down, I try to fix myself. I can't wait to shoot a deer or hog for the smoker! We did not do well this year in the firework sales.

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