We’ve had about $300 a month for groceries since we got here. I can do that for 2 of us. This month tho, the utility bill was $645. The City said it was because I used my ac and water wrong. No help really, just suggestions which I brought home and put into practice. They made mistakes on the bill for this next month. The water and trash only came to $120, they added $18 instead of crediting it, and didn’t charge me for electric. OK. I am being mailed a new corrected bill. I think it will be back where I expected it to be when it comes. Because of the jump in this one bill, I had to apply for food stamps. I thought it would cover the groceries since it says we could make 1900 for 2 people and get 357, and all we have is 1000. They approved us for $86 a month and G will be taken off once he starts college. Big sigh. This is going to start becoming a huge challenge SOON. I need firewood and blankets. I will also be implementing a no meat diet. I’ve been leaning that way anyhow but not G. I need to figure out a way to do this and be healthy. We have to use what we have and not overdo the flour. So I’m gonna start using this blog to keep track of recipes and the change over to vegetarianism. OOOHHH….what a big scary word. We’ll still use eggs and dairy.