Foods you eat/ate when broke

  1. I remember entire weeks in my early 20s that my roommate and I subsisted on something her father had called lo mein when she was growing up, spaghetti noodles tossed with butter in a bowl that had been rubbed with garlic. One summer I worked at a donut shop and went days eating nothing else. It took years before I enjoyed a donut as a treat as much as I had before that summer. I hope those days are behind us forever, but if worst ever comes to worst again, my son and I love spaghetti and Prego sauce, so that will probably be our food of choice. Of course, my husband is in the restaurant industry, so even if we have no $ he'll be able to eat for free at work, lol.
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  2. 97 Comments

  3. by   rninme
    lol...ramen noodles....bought them by the case
  4. by   suzy253
    boxes of Kraft Mac & Cheese.
  5. by   suebird3
    Wasn't broke, but pinching pennies during school. Mac and cheese was a big thing. I still enjoy it, too.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Generic mac and cheese. 19 cents a box. Couldn't afford the Kraft brand.

    Ramen noodles, 12/$1

    Plain macaroni or spagetti. Was living high on the hog when i could buy cheese for it or sauce.

    LOTS of iceberg lettuce salads

    Drank a lot of tap water
  7. by   LauraF, RN
    Totino's pizza was a splurge when I was on my own. They were 2 for a buck. Now I think they are .75 And could make a box of kraft mac and cheese last two days. Now if I don't get my meat and taters I'm cranky. :wink2:
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Also, i could make one box of Tuna Helper stretch for 4 days.
  9. by   babynurselsa
    Lots of the saltines at work.
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    I distinctly remember my first apartment - I would come home from work for lunch and saute mushrooms in butter. Yum.

    What I found when I was poor and living on my own was I wanted to learn about cooking differently than my mom.

    The first meal I cooked for my boyfriend was Kraft Mac and Cheese with tuna! He had the good grace to eat it.

    Maybe mom wasn't such a bad cook after all.

    steph
  11. by   live4today
    As a child, sometimes bread with margarine on it sprinkled with sugar was the main meal three times a day. I still like that "comfort food" from time to time. Amazing, uh?

    I have never cared for grocery shopping, but being "temporarily defunded" this past year has given me a new reason to love the experience once I can do it again. I miss eating more fruit, more veggies, more salads, more meat...........and an occasional dessert would be good, too.
  12. by   Gompers
    Quote from mercyteapot
    I remember entire weeks in my early 20s that my roommate and I subsisted on something her father had called lo mein when she was growing up, spaghetti noodles tossed with butter in a bowl that had been rubbed with garlic.
    Um...don't think I'm weird, but I actually LOVE noodles with butter and garlic. Heck, just butter and a spash of milk is fine with me!

    I've eaten my fair share of Ramen noodles, generic mac and cheese, and mayonaise sandwiches. I've made lemonade out of packets of lemon juice and sugar I swiped from Taco Bell. I've eaten nothing but generic Rice Krispies for days on end.

    My husband's favorite meal right now???

    Store-brand macaroni and cheese (I can afford Kraft but this one store has a great elbow mac and cheddar) mixed with browned ground chuck seasoned with ketchup and mustard. Way better tasting than Hamburger Helper and cheaper too.
    Last edit by Gompers on Sep 15, '06
  13. by   missninaRN
    • Grilled cheese sandwiches and generic store brand tomato soup.
    • Tuna noodle casserole. Gag.
    • Potato soup-basically potatoes cooked in water with onion and a little milk added when they're done.
    • Scrambled egg sandwiches.
    • Homemade pancakes with homemade syrup (boiled sugar and water).
    • Cereal. Lots and lots of cereal for supper.
    • Mac n Cheese.
    • PBJ.
    • Baked potatoes.
    • Beans and rice or split pea soup. I still like these.
  14. by   VivaLasViejas
    I remember living on government cheese for literally a week at a time way back in the day............they used to give away five-pound blocks of cheese once a week at the commodities warehouse, and you'd also get two pounds of butter, two loaves of bread, a large bag of noodles, and a huge box of powdered milk. We'd alternate grilled cheese sandwiches with macaroni and cheese until the food stamps came in...........Which is probably why I get so mad at my sons when they look inside a fridge full of food and go "Ugh, there's nothing to eat"

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