You probably don’t need me to tell you that it’s not easy growing up poor. Especially if you grew up poor.
My family’s never been wealthy but we did alright. The times when everything was the tightest, I was too young to remember now.
Nevertheless, I’ve had plenty of “broke food” experiences, which is a topic that came up a lot after prolific TV actor Trevor Donovan started this thread:
Tell me you grew up poor, without telling me you grew up poor. I'll go first. We used plain bread as hot dog buns and for dessert… margarine & cinnamon on bread. ?
— Trevor Donovan (@TrevDon) May 17, 2021
So, what were we all chowing down on when there was nothing to go around? Twitter tells all.
10. The sugar sandwich
Need the recipe? Bread + sugar. Bon apple teeth.
Have you ever had a sugar sandwich? Because I have. ?
— Donna McAdams (@thehicklife) May 17, 2021
9. Banquet frozen dinners
Check out that price stamp. Half a buck. Dang.
— Sarah E. Minnis, PhD (@dr_seminnis) May 17, 2021
8. King Vitaman
I don’t know what kind of land you’re ruling, sire, but it definitely isn’t Flavor Town.
This was the cereal I ate because it was approved by WIC… Very nasty ? pic.twitter.com/jzdtG2wLVX
— LA-Tiere (@LuvLaTiere) May 17, 2021
7. The flexibility of bread
“I didn’t know I was poor.”
Plain bread was hot dog, hamburger buns, garlic bread and yes, cinnamon toast. Our house was so cold my mom would turn the oven on and lay our clothes on the hot door to warm them up. It was country poor, I didn’t know I was poor ?
— PrettyGeorgia (@AKSMT18) May 17, 2021
6. Beans and rice
2 meals a day were beans and rice and we skipped the third all while the foster parents ate chicken and steak as did their kid.
To this day I can’t stomach the thought of beans and rice
— Alexa Randall (@AlexaBooBear) May 17, 2021
5. Pork and beans sandwiches
Dude, broke or not, that’s a delicious fart treat right there.
pork and beans sandwiches pic.twitter.com/UwkU5LByxf
— GeeGee (@GeeGeeAkili) May 17, 2021
4. The cheese preserver
I feel like there are better containers for this but ok.
While at a pizzeria my grandmother used to put the grated cheese in a napkin and stick it in her purse
— Tom Mando (@mericanSheepdog) May 18, 2021
Who doesn’t love Kool Aid though?
Seems like you had a good childhood. We ate (S.O.S.) shit on a single 2-3 times a week.
Ingredients : a couple of slices of Carl Budding processed meat (paper thin) on 1 slice of white bread + flour gravy on top. Kool Aid was drink of choice. pic.twitter.com/yQYaq3pNOc
— BobCatBob1 (@1BobCatBob) May 17, 2021
2. A krafty choice
Even adult me who isn’t destitute is lookin’ at that like a fine meal.
We got creative with hotdogs and Kraft Easy Mac. pic.twitter.com/35uvmAsZeu
— Shane ?☠️ #FBR 4️⃣6️⃣ ?️? (@egheitasean) May 17, 2021
1. Government cheese
Everything is better grilled.
The only cheese we could get was the government commodities cheese ? ( which made delicious grilled cheese sandwiches ?? BTW ) and the peanut butter that came with the commodities made yummy cookies pic.twitter.com/cnG7KXvn2x
— Bella??MS??#ChildOfGod (@CallMeBella_74) May 17, 2021
What’s your go-to broke food?
Tell us in the comments.