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Foods you eat/ate when broke

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Growing up we ate mayo sandwiches and drank powdered milk...........YUCK!!

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Was Showboat the name brand of the spaghetti-o's? I know that the Chef Boyardee brand is still available here. I remember getting them once when my son was young and they stained the Tupperware the most unnatural shade of orangey red, I just couldn't help but think how loaded down with preservatives and such they must be. And yep, that powdered milk stuff is just plain nasty.

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I am in my mid-20s and have been very fortunate to have financially prospered during these years of early adulthood. However, I grew up in a working-class family of three (mom, dad and I) and my parents often had severe financial problems during times in my childhood.

During these poor times we would eat top ramen noodles, rice, beans, tortillas, cheap hot dogs, canned goods, powdered milk, koolaid, and lots of dark meat chicken. When I wanted dessert as a young child, I can remember my father sprinkling sugar on top of white rice because we had nothing else sweet to eat. Now I absolutely hate white rice to the point that I wouldn't eat it even if someone paid me.

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Minced beef, veg and a sauce can be made into such a big dinner it will last for days lol

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Storebrand Mac and Cheese with a brick of frozen broccli and a can of the cheapest tuna I could find. All the food groups, less than a dollar and will last 4 meals.

I can't do Ramen (just feels like I'm eating pure salt)....but I will do rice with whatever (butter, oil, herbs, vinegar, whatever's handy).

Peace,

Cathie

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Ahh, SOS! How I remember thee! We also ate white rice flavored with sugar and butter for breakfast, and seasoned with whatever else we had for dinner...sometimes just black pepper, sometimes worstechsire sauce. I still love Mac N Cheese with some salsa thrown in, or bits of broccili.

Showboat Spaghetti O's. (Do they still make these?)

Yummy "Showboat O's" mmmm I havent seen them in a while.

Our broke food was good ole' PB&J - ate it almost all through nursing school.

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Watered down soup, toasted end-slices-of-the-bread-loaf and leaf rolled tobacco (called beedis).

I think my stomach acid ended up becoming some kind of substinance in itself...

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I was staying at friends apt.for a week waiting for a job interview.I had just enough money for the round trip bus ticket I brought to get there.They all worked at resteraunts so kept no food in apt(except a box of cream of wheat).They had very little money,so I did'nt want to ask them to borrow any.I lived on cream of wheat for an entire week.I don't think I've eaten any since:(

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Good thread!

I first moved out of my parent's house, stubborn to be on my own, and found out very quickly that my great new job's paycheck only went so far. When I moved into my little place, I had started a garden on a whim, and lucky thing I did....I lived off of it all summer and fall since I barely had two cents to rub together. Cucumbers, squash, zuchinni, tomatoes, corn and peppers....and I lost about 15lbs to boot.

What a summer.:lol2:

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I recall mustard sandwiches (I hated mayo as a kid).

You know those Chunky soups or Dinty Moore beef stew things? We'd stretch them by putting them over egg noodles. (They used to be way cheaper then).

Egg noodles--we'd fry up cooked egg noodles and put ketchup on them for breakfast.

Bisquick was a big staple at our house. You can do darn near anything with it.

Cream of mushroom soup over sliced hard-boiled egg and toast for lunch.

If Mom was feeling rich, we'd have tuna or shrimp instead of the egg.

If we were having a really bad week, we'd have bread and gravy. I think French's still sells that gravy, too. Came in a can.

Cream of wheat. Mom used to fry up leftover cream of wheat the next day and we'd have pancake syrup with it.

Baked beans, brown sugar, and sliced Spam over top. Homemade corn bread on the side.

Tuna casserole. Mac n Cheese (I'd cut up hot dogs to put in it if there weren't enough dogs to go around.)

We used to make soup out of chicken necks. (Remember when wings were cheap?) Or Mom would make a soup, (carrots were cheap and would appear in darn near everything) let it cook down a lot, thicken it, and make dumplings. Served over rice or mashed potatoes.

Tomato soup and cheese sandwiches.

Hamburger and onion gravy over mashed potatoes.

Cole slaw or carrot salads are very cheap salads for vegetables.

We used to love having butter with Pastina for breakfast.

Hard-boiled eggs and black olives chopped up with mayo made great cheap sandwiches.

Some of these things were very cheap when I was growing up. But I really will date myself here--chuck steak was only a good buy if it was less than 69 cents a pound.

I think it really says something about the cost of living today that even our computer keyboards don't come equipped with a "cents" sign, don't you?

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When I was in college I ate a lot of Top Ramen.

Comfort food I had as a kid: Macaroni and cheese with cream of mushroom soup, hard boiled eggs, and tuna. Or Macaroni and cheese, a can of tomatoes, and tuna. I still love these occasionally.

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Hi y'all! Great Thread

Okay, growing up we ate lettuce, mayo on bread. Sometimes had cold cereal for supper. Ate lots of chicken gizzards & hearts cooked til they were oh so soft and had them over rice. Yummy. I still eat them today (45 years later, hahaha)

Once I went into nursing school I hooked a job as a Unit Clerk (or Ward Clerks we were called way back in the day) I made $37.00 USD every two weeks so that had to last. In the nursing school dorm we ate a lot of tuna fish. Scrambled eggs were another biggie as both tuna and eggs were very cheap back them (mid 70s). IF I ran out of money my Head Nurse took pity on me and let me eat the NPO patient trays.

Once I became a new graduate and became employed as a staff nurse I thought I was the cats pajamas! Annual salary in 1975 was $13,000 and I was able to eat a Blimpy (like a Subway sandwich) several times a week and could afford to buy chicken for supper.

Thanks for the memories!

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