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Sunday, January 12, 2014

One week, 1 Ham and $35

Why is it, that when things seem their brightest, a big ol' pile of crap gets loaded on to you? This was our case, about 4 weeks ago. We had just finished the major part of our Christmas shopping and were SO proud of ourselves for not going over board and breaking the bank. January would not be the month where we would be trying to play catch up with our credit cards and we were going to start saving for our return trip to Nova Scotia and Campbell's Cove camp ground. Then a few days later, a father at school, stopped me to tell me that he thought something was seriously wrong with the back driver side wheel on our car. So, home I went to tell Hubby about it and he took in it to get checked out. Things weren't as serious as we thought, but we did end up paying a fair bit of money for new snow tires and an alignment. OK, no sweat; we were still OK.

One Week, 1 Ham and $35. How to still feed your family healthy and nutricious meals, when times are tough. www.hunwhatsfordinner.com


The New Year came in with a bang! Once again we had issues with the car and ended up paying a pretty penny to get things repaired. Having to spend so much, right after paying rent for the month hurt us badly. Thank goodness for grocery stores with points cards. We were able to redeem our points last week, for items needed for school lunches. This week we aren't so lucky. I have $35 in my wallet that I can spend on groceries for 1 week. Thankfully we have a pretty well stocked pantry and we had a HUGE ham in the freezer. So, this week I'll be showing you how I fed my family delicious and healthy meals with 1 ham, $35 and what I can find in our pantry.

Tonight I am starting by slow roasting the whole ham and serving it with mashed potatoes and frozen mixed veggies. I will then portion the remaining ham, to use for the rest of the week. I will be posting any new recipes and keeping you updated as the week goes by.

I hope this series helps others who a struggling to keep their heads above water in today's economy. I am a prime example that even with a spouse with a stable reliable job, in the blink of an eye you could be left struggling to keep from going hungry.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I truly understand your situation and I cannot wait to see what you did with an extremely large ham and whatever is in your cabinet...i see monte cristo's in your future...for one meal...maybe a scalloped ham and potato casserole??? there is a lot you can do with ham...cannot wait to see what you do!

Jackie Martin said...

I am having almost the same problem now. For some strange, unknown, reason I baked a 10 lb ham for New Years. I live alone!!! Now what? I did give some to my son, but still have a ton. I boiled off the bone and made 15 bean soup. I have 2 quarts in the freezer for split pea soup. I made a scalloped potato and ham casserole. I have made sandwiches. Now what? Being diabetic, I have to be careful of what I add to the ham for a meal. I will be watching this site very closely. Thanks!!

Karen @ Baking In A Tornado said...

I love your honesty here. And your willingness to help others, to show that if we have to cut back now and then we CAN feed our family on less. Can't wait to see all you do this week with your ham and your $35.

Karen @ Baking In A Tornado said...

I love your honesty here. And your willingness to help others, to show that if we have to cut back now and then we CAN feed our family on less. Can't wait to see all you do this week with your ham and your $35.

Bernadette Martin said...

It's things like this that make me always buy extra at the store. That way if we don't have the money or I can't get there, we won't starve, and it helps me to be creative! I hope things are looking up for you now!

Nettie Moore said...

I know you will have amazing recipes with your ham Loo Hoo! Fabulous! Nettie

Terri Henkels said...

Sorry about your car! It is so frustrating to have emergency expenses at the worst time. Can't wait to see what you fix for the week! We always use our extra ham for grilled cheese sandwiches which is pretty inexpensive

Susan Broughton said...

I know what you mean about being ok one minute and the next on the verge or hunger. In the last two years I have become disabled through injury,lost my great paying job and now can no longer work. Then a few months later my husbands job that he had had for 30+ years closed his particular location and he is having difficulty finding another job, I think probably because of his age, and we have no idea what hit us! haha You have to laugh about it.....Hope things work out for you. Really enjoy your blog. I'm learning new things to do to save money that I haven't had to use since I was first married. Everything you post is much appreciated.