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.
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.