Keeping It Real - Do You?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Dillinger, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

    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. :eek:

    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.

  2. trip286

    trip286 New Member

    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.

  3. Gone_South

    Gone_South New Member

    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.
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  4. GaryGlock

    GaryGlock New Member

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

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

    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.
  6. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member Admin Moderator Lifetime Supporter

    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. :)
  7. Davyboy

    Davyboy New Member

    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.
  8. Zombiegirl

    Zombiegirl New Member

    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.....,
  9. mrm14

    mrm14 Well-Known Member

    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
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  10. tri70

    tri70 Active Member

    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.
  11. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

    I still enjoy ramen and spam. I am finally in a position to take my wife out for a fancy dinner whenever we want. But I have been homeless twice. Once when I was 19 and again when I was about 23. I have had to survive on corn meal mush. I will never eat it again. I realize that it could happen again. That is why I have all my vehicles paid for. That includes my K-5 Blazer and my 26 foot travel trailer. I call it my Zombie Apocalypse set up. And I am only halfway joking when I say it.
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  12. Gh0zt36

    Gh0zt36 Well-Known Member

    Mine was / is mayonaise sammich but im still in that zone so im still eatin them beeches and eating ramens
  13. donthav1

    donthav1 Well-Known Member

    for a period of about a year, i would have about $50 leftover after every weeks pay to buy food, gas, & anything else i might need until the next week when i got paid again, & yet another bill was due that would drain my account. i lived off banquet tv dinners (on sale for less than a dollar usually), grilled cheese with god awful cheese, cheap coffee, somersausage sandwiches, corn flakes, & lost lake beer (used to be about $7 a case when everything else cost twice that).

    there were days where i ate corn flakes for breakfast lunch & supper but not gonna lie, i could eat corn flakes every day for the rest of my life.

    i started drinking lost lake in my college days because it was really cheap & no one else would touch the stuff, so i never had to worry about anyone takin my beer. every few months i buy a case of it (now it's up to $11 a case) & that's all i drink for awhile to remind me of how far i've come in a relatively short time. and also to reminisce about those days gone by because even though i couldn't afford gas, rent, food, or beer, those were some of the most fun times of my life
  14. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

    Those were the Days......

    My first year of marriage, Making $2.00 an hour, My wife making $30 a week. We both were paid on the 5th and 20th. And a child on the way. Seems we always found a way to make ends meet. 40 years later we are still making ends meet......We'd fight and never lose as the song goes......:)
  15. Davyboy

    Davyboy New Member

    Those where the days my friend

  16. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

  17. pfev1980

    pfev1980 Member

    After I got divorced from my first wife I became a single dad (2 year old son) and was broke as, well you know. A buddy moved in the spare room and we split groceries, which was basically bottles of Kraft BBQ sauce (99 cents a bottle), family packs of chicken legs (69 cents a lb at the commissary) and whole kernel corn in the can (2 for a buck). I eat steak probably twice a week now, the good 3/4 inch thick rib-eyes from the butcher, but I have no problems grilling up some drumsticks and throwing a can of corn in the My oldest son is 13 now and on those days we just kind of smile and reminisce with each other. If you are broke and living hard, a family pack of chicken, some freezer bags and a little sauce will take you about as far as anything but ramen (12 cents a pack where i'm at) for the price.
  18. boatme98

    boatme98 Well-Known Member

    When I first moved out west in a borrowed VW camper I was so poor I was eating brown rice with whatever I could buy to put in it. Usually broccoli. I now eat broccoli only very occasionally. Like if it's on the plate at at a restraunt. I never buy it. When I did buy it, I'd break off the stems and just buy the heads. I wasn't paying for inedible roughage!
    I would also switch xtra large eggs with small so I could save a few cents when I could afford eggs. ;)

    Then after losing much in a divorce, I got a job as mate on a yacht. Low pay, lots of experience. For a couple of years my dinners consisted of Happy Hour popcorn or mussles and draft beer.
    Now I don't eat mussles and very seldom popcorn. And when I was still drinking beer, never draft.
  19. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member


    These are the types of stories that I had hoped would come out and bond us all in our past lives.

    Thank you all for sharing thus far. ;)

  20. TWMIM

    TWMIM New Member

    My brother and I joined the Army, wound up on two different posts in Germany.

    As kids, nothing was more awesome than Geno's Pizza Rolls.

    We finally managed to hook up, and ran to the commissary, and bought a box. We had no oven.

    We speared these frozen delights, broke out an Esbit stove (the folding kind, you light the little heat tab) and cooked them in the freezing German night.

    Burnt on the outside, still frozen in the middle, it was a taste of home for two homesick kids.