- March 14, 2008 at 5:17 pm #256697
Here are the things I’ve been forced to do because of
the economy/gas prices.
Stop at stores only on the way to and from work to
pick up groceries, etc.
Because one of the stores I go by on the way home is
directly in my pathway, I stop there periodically
during the week looking for marked down produce and
I expanded my square foot garden 4 times larger than
it was last year and I started a compost pile.
I also purchased additional seeds at 10 cents to 30
cents a package and purchased herb seeds.
I purchased herb and natural healing books in order to
use food and herbs to deal with my physical conditions
in a further attempt to get me off of certain
I have two problems that probably most people on this
list don’t have to deal with.
First, I have food allergies and sensitivities. I
cannot eat anything that has gluten, dairy, eggs,
beef, pork, and most seafood. I cannot eat oranges or
corn. I also have problems at times with peanuts. I
can eat poultry, fish (non-scavenging) and wild game
(if I could ever find some stuff). I can eat lamb,
goat, sheep, providing those have not been treated
with hormones. I am allergic to food additives and
cannot eat anything that has high fructose corn syrup,
hydrogenated vegetable oil, monosodium glutamate, and
any artificial food colorings and flavorings. So life
is a challenge to say the least.
Second, my youngest son who lives with me is autistic.
(he’s 17). He is a typical teenager in that he eats,
but he requires other necessities that I have to pay
money for – such as keeping him in Special Olympics
(because he has dyspraxia – a muscle disorder) so that
he is active and learns relationship skills. I also
have to send him to camps and other specialized
training that is not covered by any government
programs (I make too much money), but yet are required
for him to advance and become a more responsible
person and hopefully gainfully employed one day.
So, I have different priorities than most people out
here. My son is a big and talk man at 6 ft 5 and
wears a 16 shoe, so that’s hard to deal with too.
So, I try to make things less expensive for me at home
by doing things that I have always done such as shop
at the dollar day at the thrift store, hit garage
sales when I can (when I am out and about) and buying
clothing / shoes, or anything else that I can when
prices are 80 percent off or more. I unfortunately
cannot do the same for him as I have to buy his shoes
online and he requires special shoes because he has
Living in North Georgia, we also have to deal with a
drought. Fortunately vegetable gardens are exempt,
but we were asked to cut our water usage by 10 percent
last year (which we did).
I could probably think of more but you get the
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