Love this blog

I was playing around on BlogHer just now enjoying the headache free day (can I get a WOOHOO???).  I don't feel like reading and I have an upset stomach (had it before I watched John Green eat a blenderized Happy Meal - it's worse now (do NOT click if you cannot watch gross things...)). Is it possible for headaches to move to your stomach? lol Actually since it's all stress-related it's totally possible I suppose.  Anyway, I have a point. Somewhere.

Right. I was playing on BlogHer.  You see, BlogHer has gotten kinda bigger lately and I'm having a hard time keeping up. There are all the editor posts, and then the member posts (Yes! You can blog at BlogHer too!) and then the forums. I have a wee soft spot for forums so I like to go in there and play when I can. I figured this was a good time.  So I was wandering around and figured I should probably pop my head into the Introduce Yourself folder because I hadn't been there in awhile.  It did not take me long to find something to catch my attention.

You see, there was this food blog. Yeah, yeah, I know. Food blogs. I probably read at least 30 of them semi-regularly. But this one is a bit different. It's called $40 a Week.  Yep, you read that right.  She spends $40 a week on food. How does she do it? Well...she meal plans. I know I've talked about it here a number of times but she actually explains how she does. In fact, it was her first post.

The beginning: how to make a meal plan

Aside from the awesomeness of it, I can help but think that with the return to school stuff popping up it's a very good time for such a blog to be coming out of the woodwork. Don't you agree? I mean, I know that I tried reallllllllyyyyy hard to budget more than $40 a week for food there were weeks when that's all I had. There were weeks that I didn't even have that much. And then there's the week that I lived off of Ramen noodles, a loaf of bread, some peanut butter and 2L of milk.

I *totally* could have used a blog like this when I was in school. Sure, there were lots of frugal living websites and message boards but most of them were not geared to your average student who was a. poor, b. living in downtown in a city and couldn't go to a billion different grocery stores to get the best deals and c. was cooking for one.

If you know a student who is going to be roughing it on their own this year (ie no dorm food) send them on over. Of course not everyone is going to be able to get their food for the same price. And not everyone is going to want to eat the same things. But this blog can certainly provide inspiration.