(Toledo, OH) Like most Americans in the months after a Christmas binge, my family has had to cut some expenses to compensate for our holiday generosity.
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One of the ways that my wife has found to "create" cash is to liquidate our pantry. Pictured on the left is one of our biggest cupboards, and there is a lower level of inventory inside than I can ever recall. We have been eating a lot of homemade pastas and canned goods, and it's amazing how much money we have tied up just in food.
In a cursory estimate, I think we have about one thousand dollars worth of food at retail prices. By limiting grocery purchases to staples like bread, milk, and cereal my wife has judiciously helped our bank account to grow. This definitely beats the modern American habit of running up credit card debt or - worse yet - taking out one of those exorbitant payday loans.