Hi, I’m Sarah. I’m a 30-something momma doing my best to put delicious food on the table without blowing my budget. While I was raised to shop the clearance racks and never pay full price for anything, I didn’t exactly learn good budgeting or money habits. I lacked self-control and planning.
Fast forward to my 20’s and I was a single mom only making $17000 a year from my part-time catering job. I utilized government assistance like Food Stamps and WIC to put food on the table and couldn’t afford to make my car payment let alone pay off existing debt. This led to a repossession and even more debt. When it was all said and done, I was looking at $18000 in credit card and auto loan debt, all of which was severely delinquent.
With the support of family, my daughter and I relocated to Missouri, and I was lucky enough to find a full-time job that actually allowed me to afford all of my bills each month. For the first time in my life, there was some month at the end of the money.
Refusing to resort to bankruptcy, I made it my mission to get out of debt and raise my credit score. I allocated every penny of income above our monthly expenses to paying off debt. I worked with the creditors to negotiate settlements when I had a windfall like a tax return. In two years, I was able to pay off all $18000.
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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