About a month and a half ago the unexpected happened: I got laid off.Â Suddenly, I was a statistic of the growing unemployment rate, and I needed to make immediate changes to my spending.
I thought of everything I needed to do: cancel my Blockbuster account, freeze my gym account and take advantage of the beautiful weather outside to go running.Â However, the one thing that I really needed to tackle was my grocery store budget.
Cooking has always been my savior, my stress reliever and the one thing I really enjoy doing.Â I was determined to continue cooking the same way.Â I wanted to create new healthy recipes and to spend time revamping sweet favorites, such as chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter brownies.Â I needed to learn how to cook great food on a budget.
Being unemployed taught me some valuable (food) lessons. These tips might seem trivial, but together they will conquer the grocery store checkout: