Twenty-two dollars definitely doesn't go very far in this day and age and probably hasn't since way back in the late 60s-early 70s. One can definitely forget about budget-busting items such as fresh fruits and vegetables, prime cuts of meat, desserts (pre-packaged and do-it-yourself), delicatessen items, and name-brand soda. If you're gonna try and make it for a week on $22, then you'd better stock up on the staples such as rice, pinto beans, and corn meal first. After that, maybe you can get a couple pounds of low-quality hamburger meat or a bag of chicken quarters. Hopefully, you'd have enough left over for some eggs, bologna, salami, generic cheese slices, and cheap soda. Keep in mind that picky eaters of those who don't want the same food more than a couple days in a row will have a "hard row to hoe", so to speak. Long story short, you'd have to keep it pretty simple and basic if $22 is all you have for food.
A lot of jobs in Memphis really don't pay very much money and it's really compounded if one is raising a family. A person with a low-paying job and no dependents may be able to squeak by. For those who have employment that enables them to take care of themselves and their families, I say that you shouldn't be so quick to condemn those who get food stamps because you could find yourselves in need of them someday. With the runaway inflation and the direction this world is heading, you may be a bad situation or two away from misfortune. Death and Taxes are a certainty; anything else is a bonus.
One has to be smart and resourceful enough to make do with limited funds. It really comes down to realizing your financial limitations and planning accordingly. If you plan things well and start out with the staple foods, then you may be able to afford some of the "luxury" items at a later date. Just ditch the urge to go "impulse shopping" and you'll be able to stretch that $22 to the fullest.
By Leonard Gill
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