Editor, The Armory Life
Buying food as you can afford is better than money in the bank. A friend told me about a package of steaks he bought last week on sale. Each time he pulls one out of the freezer, he realizes a whopping return on his money. What was $6 is now $8, $10 or $12 for example. The lousy bank pays you a couple of percent, if that on your money. This translates into big savings on many other things
My dad grew up in the Depression like many of your folks did. He loved going to dollar stores and would buy dented cans, generic cereal and so on. He picked less than perfect produce at similar savings at the grocery store. My mom could stretch a chicken into multiple meals. They resisted buying processed foods and ate at home. For more variety, we attended potlucks and entertained at home and had a circle of friends that reciprocated. They would be appalled at the home delivery of meals and ingredients to make them at home that is a growing phenomenon today. Grubhub? No way.
In some ways, I did things differently as a result of this upbringing. I enjoy eating out, we eat more processed food than we should and we don't garden.