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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Finally an update!

Well, it's been some serious time since I've last blogged. In the past few months, I had a great loss...the hard drive on my laptop is currently at the end of it's life and I've been quite incommunicado since then. Now, with the market crisis, gas prices strangling our budgets, and a promising election it's been a hectic time for Americans.

I'm really avoiding politics with this blog, but for the reader here are the links for Barack Obama's and John McCain's health care policies. I know I've taken a look at them. See what you think.

Everyone has been preoccupied with the rising cost of food prices. Who can blame you for substituting one thing for another. While I was doing my internship in the D.C./Baltimore area, I had about an $15 increase in my weekly food budget (hey, when you're not getting any income for 10.5 months you will desperately hang on to every red cent) the first few months of my program until I found a few tricks to cut that in half.

I wanted to provide you with a few more links to making a healthy food budget.

Here are a few tips, I've told clients in community programs:

This can help you out whether you're a struggling student, singleton, or trying to feed a growing family.

  • Hit the farmer's markets or orchards (apples, pears, squash are in season)
  • If new vegetables are on sale, stretch your purchase with a few cans of tomatoes (check out the low sodium finds). I used to be a very picky eater and the easiest way I introduced veggies in my diet was to add some canned tomatoes and maybe a little barbecue sauce (what isn't edible with BBQ sauce?)
  • Canned and frozen vegetables will cut down on the price of expensive fresh produce and have the same nutritional value.
  • Attempt to plan your menu around the Sunday coupons that come out every week. You may need to buy in bulk to have substantial savings, if it's just you, it's still a good investment to buy and freeze, you'll save on gas too by making fewer trips.