Think Again: Saving Money by Repurposing your Leftovers

There always seem to be lots of jokes about leftovers, but if you think leftovers are the worst thing you can face at the dinner table, think again. When you don't have enough money for food, you consider yourself lucky to have any leftovers to stretch into another meal. An empty plate is far worse. A few years ago I had a holiday meal at a friend's house. Her husband carved the turkey in the kitchen, laying the slices out on a platter along with the legs to be served at the table. Then my friend casually tipped the remainder of the turkey--still with a lot of meat on it--into the trash can, saying she couldn't be bothered to do anything more with it.



Think Again: Schedule It

We've all heard about how important it is to plan your meals for the week, make a shopping list, and stick to it. It's hard to be that organized, though, when you are struggling on so many fronts. I only really learned that lesson later when my son started doing the grocery shopping for me. It turned out that I saved a ton of money because he only bought what was on my list, refusing to be distracted by sales and coupons.  



Stretching Food Stamps and Making Do with Magic Beans

Opinion: Think Again


My life on welfare had its ups and downs, just like anybody else's. Coming from a middle-class family, I felt like Jack climbing the beanstalk that had magically sprouted outside his window, not sure what awaited me at the top, what dangers, what treasures.



Fruitful Harvest: Making the most of a limited grocery budget

Our first winter on food stamps was difficult. I wanted to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for my children since we all know that they are the foundation of a healthy diet. However, they are expensive, may require preparation, and spoil if you don’t use them in time. At least I was lucky that the store I could walk to had a good selection. Stores in what have come to be known as “food deserts” often don’t carry fresh fruits and vegetables. 


B. Morrison offers breakfast on-the-go recipe

How was that apple? Last week’s Hear the Maryland Crunch! was a lot of fun, even though it had a serious purpose. The reason for celebrating Maryland Day with a state-wide, synchronized bite into a juicy apple was to help fight childhood hunger. Maryland Hunger Solutions, who organized the event, also wanted to raise awareness of the importance of eating a healthy breakfast, especially for children. 



Home & Garden: Tips for a Clean, Well-organized Closet


There is little point in owning a hot pair of shoes, dresses or jeans if you can't find them in your closet when you're getting dressed.  A neat, well-organized closet -- instead of a ceiling to floor jumbled mess of clothes and accessories -- is a huge plus when you're trying to get out the door to work or school even on hectic days, fit in more personal time and put together a social life.