It’s Summertime! The grass is green, the veggies are planted and getting out to the farmers market is a staple for good produce. With the economy making it more and more expensive to eat, what are you to do on a fixed income? I have some great money saving tips for you to make that dollar stretch farther.
Shop at Farmer's Markets
Did you know, that 27 States in the U.S. offer a program that will either double your SNAP benefit dollars (or give you 50% off) at Farmers Markets? This is a great way to help out the farmers and also give you the benefit of fresh, wholesome fruits and vegetables.
Shop at Local Food Pantries
Food Pantries are also a great way to help stock your own pantry. There are a lot of churches that offer food pantries at least once per week and allow you to get dry goods as well as some fresh items to help offset the cost of groceries.
Use Your Plan Benefits
Do you have Medicare and Medicaid? If so, you may be eligible for a Dual Special Needs Plan (or have one already) that allows you to buy up to $150.00 in groceries per month at participating grocery stores. The nice part about those plans are that they are geared towards buying healthy foods to keep you running at an optimal level.
Simple Refrigerator Pickles
(These are very low salt for people on salt restrictive diets)
7 Cups of thinly sliced Cucumber Pickles
1 Green Pepper Sliced Thin
1 Sweet Onion sliced thin
1 ½ Cups Sugar
1 Cup White Vinegar
2 Tsp. Mustard Seed
2 Tsp. Celery Seed
Using a Mandolin slice Pickles, Peppers and Onions to the same thickness
Drop into large lidded glass jar (I use a Sun Tea Jar)
Add Vinegar, Sugar, Mustard seed and Celery seed
Mix with spoon or put lid on and shake back and forth to distribute evenly
Refrigerate for at least three hours, lasts up to 10 days in refrigerator.