I had such eye-opening experience during the Food Bloggers Against Hunger campaign. Having participated in several food drives, I understood the number of Americans living with food insecurities, however, I had no idea how difficult it is to feed a family with only $4 per meal per person to spend. The difficult really hit home for me when trying to planning a $4 meal.
If I ran out of my favorite spices like cumin and oregano, would I be able to restock my pantry with those items with only $4 per meal? A bottle of olive oil would blow that budget. I realize the price per use for these items is minimal but the upfront cost is significant. I only buy it once and it lasts a long time. But what if I ran out of olive oil or my favorite spices? Could I afford to replace those items with only $4 per meal to give?
Obviously, Target and Walmart wouldn’t be the best place to restock those items. Even the cheaper bulk bottles of Badia brand spices costs about $4 at most grocery store. Again, that’s the cost of an entire meal. Save-A-Lot didn’t leave up it its name for low prices for food.
So, I arranged a budget shopping trip to the Dollar Tree and investigated the cost of spices and other essential meal planning ingredients there. Although the quality may not be the same as the Badia or Organic Archer Farms Spices that I normally use, some spice sacrifices would need to be made with only $4 per meal.
To my surprise, I found Dollar Tree to be a treasure trove of spices to fill your pantry. I also discovered some other great deals.
In my Food Blogger Against Hunger aha moment, I made a promise to donate spices, olive oil, chicken stock and other non-perishable food items that are necessary to prepare flavorful foods, but are too pricey for families dealing with food insecurities.
I encourage you to donate some too.
What aha moments have you had lately?