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By Jonathan Dalton (registered) | Posted December 17, 2009 at 09:50:44

I can really relate to Meredith's posts here. My own anecdotal evidence suggests that more often than not, lazy or underinformed culinary habits are more crippling than simple lack of funds.

Let's face it - if you're making $572 / month, the one commodity you are not lacking in is time - and that's a valuable commodity. And yet, I've known people with more time than money to buy the worst convenience - oriented food products on the market. I mean, Pre-sliced cheese for crying out loud? Someone with all the time in the world, but no money, will spend twice as much for a worse product, to save a few minutes? Believe it. It gets worse.

I work full time and commute and am usually tired and don't have much time but still manage to cook real food because it's important and get this - it's not that hard! We have probably the best downtown farmers market in the country and if you're on welfare there's 4 days a week you can go there. Find the $0.99 / lb tomatoes and make a big pot of sauce that will last you a week or more. Or buy a big bag of chick peas from Tilly and some $1.49 pita and make falafels for the week. As long as I can make the market on saturday, I eat well for not much money. Not only that, but there's no need to endure the soul - crushing atmosphere of supermarkets and tabloids and awful music.

Nothing to cook with? Check craigslist and the spec classifieds, appliances are basically free. I've never had to pay for them. Housewares is one area where you can live quite comfortably off the excesses of society.

Cooking and eating well is not only affordable and easy, it's good for the soul. Why don't we all learn? I guess I blame television.

[Comment edited by Jonathan Dalton on 2009-12-17 08:50:59]

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