holy moly this thread took off
first off, it's been a good read, and i do think i'll try that lentil recipe, thx!
2nd, yeah okay, that water vs. soda example in my OP was goofy, bc i am a dork and didn't rly think about how much a gallon vs. 2 liters IS.
which brings me to my 3rd point--WHY didn't that occur to me at first? i think, because for most of my life i haven't been poor, so i "didn't have to care" about the cost of soda vs. water or pretty much the price of anything else in the grocery store.
when i first got married, that was the first time in living memory that i coudln't just throw whatever i felt like into the grocery cart. the irony is, we actually did have a decent amount of money for food then, but it was so much less than what i was accustomed to, so i felt poor.
i started this thread because we had been in a major low point for awhile--dp was out of work, and then they screwed up our foodstamps. so all of a sudden we were having to try to eat on a LOT less $$ than we were used to, which i didn't think was enough to begin with!
well, the feeling i get from reading all these posts, is that there are many degrees of poor-ness, and i think past a certain point, you're not able to care about organic this or free-range that because you are having to care about getting ENOUGH to eat. that's where we were last month, and i am so glad to say that we're not anymore. but of course there will always be people for whom survival-mode-living is the norm, and then there will be people who feel "poor" because they can't afford organic, and a thousand variations in between. so i think it also comes down to, how are we defining *poor*?
there's being poor but frugal (aka "having priorities"
), there's poor because of misallocation of resources, there's also poor because of not having any resources. and then, for how long have you been rock-bottom poor? how empty is your pantry? do you have stuff to cook with? are you ill/physically hampered from doing things like cooking or shopping or driving? what if you have no car? all these kinds of things affect how well you can eat....
this thread has given me a lot of cool resources--and hopefully i can use my time and hone my talents so that we can eat better on less $$--because that's a good skill to have even if you're rich! thx guys