Thank you for visiting Feast for a Fraction. I am Sarah, the voice behind Feast, and I’m here to tell you a little about my personal journey. My frugality, as with many others, came from necessity. Between my divorce, moving four times in six years, and a series of poor financial decisions on my part, I found myself under a mountain of debt with a poor-paying job while I struggled to get my personal chef and catering business off the ground. I felt trapped and couldn’t imagine how I could dig myself out. With some help from the “baby steps” and a super-strict budget, I was able to pay off $18,000 of debt in two years. I still have student loans to tackle, but I feel like such a weight has been lifted. I still need to be intentional with my money and stick to a budget.
Part of that strict budget was limiting my grocery budget to $40/week for myself and my daughter. I had to be very creative planning meals that would stay within our budget. I also utilized (and continue to use) coupons, store sales, samples, and some creative ways to make extra money. I am also very passionate about creating interesting dishes. I love to open my pantry and create a meal on a whim from what I already have on hand. I’ll teach you how to build a pantry of dry goods and spices that will allow you to be creative in the kitchen whether you are on a tight budget or not. We will eat fabulously well on any budget.
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