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MyPlate on My Budget, Accidents

Can I follow the USDA thrifty food plan and feed my family the Choose MyPlate advised daily nutrients? That’s the question I’m asking this March with MyPlate on My Budget.

Today’s post is about accidents.

My fridge is empty. I’ve got a cold.  All of the chocolate is gone from the house.   The final week of this experiment cannot be over quickly enough as far as I’m concerned.

Normally, if one of my kids spills some milk or I accidentally burn some bagels I don’t freak out.  Big deal, right?

Like, if the coffee filter gets messed up and the coffee tastes like sludge, you’re not supposed to start ranting and raving at your husband like a total lunatic.  (That’s really bad.)  You just make some more coffee and move on with your life.

But what I’ve learned this past month is that when a family’s food budget is so tight that you are literally counting every quarter, then life’s little food accidents become bigger problems.

Burning your toast might mean there’s nothing for your lunch.

Spilling the last bit of milk might mean that Dad and the kids eat bagels, but mom can’t eat her GF cornflakes that she was really counting on…

It can all just snowball into something bigger.  Families with generous food budgets aren’t necessarily dealing with any of that.

So, that’s my food for thought for today.

P.S.  Don’t forget that RoseMcAvoy from Our Lady of Second Helpings is hosting a free breakfast for a month give away!


  1. jenbrdsly says:

    I hadn’t seen that. Thank you for sharing Sara.

    It makes me think of the book Pound Foolish, the Truth About Money Advice. In that book they talk about how sad Wallmart executives were, knowing that all across America people were milling around Wallmart at 11:30 Pm the night before the SNAP dollars became available. They were buying really basic things at midnight, like milk.


  2. Cynthia says:

    Continuing to get a lot out of your posts. Thank you for your thoughts and links to other materials. Two documentaries dealing with these issues have just come out. “A Place at the Table” shows the connection between food policies, poverty, and obesity. “American Winter” follows 8 families through the winter of 2010-11 as they deal with eviction notices, shut off water and electricity, and sky high medical bills.(I’m proud to say my college-age son interned on the latter documentary.) Both are very well done. If you go to their websites they are trying to get people to show the documentaries at their civic and religious groups. My very best to you and your family as you complete your noble experiment. (It probably doesn’t feel like an “experiment” when you’re smack in the middle of it and hungry and cranky from not being able to eat a very good GF breakfast.)

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