7 Ways to Stretch Money and Food

Aleasa Word
3 min readMay 6, 2020
Photo by Jeff Sheldon on Unsplash

Countless stories of unemployment are heard all over the US and the rest of the world due to the Coronavirus pandemic continue to raise fears about housing and the ability to put food on the table. At last count, there were 30 million Americans who recently filed unemployment claims over the month and half.

As states push to try and find healthy ways to reopen slowly, we now hear concerns of meat shortages. All of this is going on as we continue to deal with non-food shortages of things like disinfectant spray, disinfectant wipes, personal protective equipment and even hand sanitizer.

So much of this can leave people in a state of anxiety and panic trying to figure out simple things like being able to eat. Fortunately, I came from a family with southern roots and we knew how to make food last but not everyone has that experience.

Check out the tips below to help you and your family make your food last to as we work through this unprecedented time:

  1. Consider starting a vegetable garden. If you don’t have a yard, purchase planters for your balcony or patio like the City Picker Raised Grow Beds. I just ordered them so I hope they come in handy. If that’s a financial strain, no worries good old pots from the dollar store will do to start your garden.
  2. Unless it’s spoiled or expired, find ways to use every piece of food or food like liquids you have at home. Fried rice can be made from rice you had the night before. Little shreds of bacon or vegan bacon can be used in muffins, eggs, potatoes and more. After getting my hand virtually smacked by loving friends, I’ll never throw away another heel of bread again when it can be safely made into bread crumbs or even croutons for a salad.
  3. Think about trying apps like Honey to get the best bang for your buck. It works as a browser extension or standalone app to find all the latest and greatest sales prices and promo codes for things in your cart when doing online shopping.
  4. Social media is your friend! If you’re not on Instagram get an account and follow pages like Cheap Lazy Vegan or Cheap Cooking Good Looking. They offer great meal ideas with a low budget in mind. Pinterest is great too but I find Instagram easier, and more frequently updated in many cases. Plus it’s interactive…
Aleasa Word

Trauma-informed #emotionalintelligence coach, diversity consultant & speaker writing about everything to help you live, love, and prosper in the best way!