satchy, I think xpress411 means a financial state of crisis.
My advice would be to firstly plant a garden. It doesn’t matter where you are or your living situation a garden is always possible.
Secondly(something I’m doing now) is find a listing of all the local farmers and contact them to see if you can get bulk produce for a cheaper price or even just work for produce. They are open to things like that for repeat customers.
Buy things in bulk that store well, and seeds that you can either sprout or plant in a garden. You can store things like grains, alfalfa seeds & lentils for sprouting, and you can also store spices, oils, nuts, flaxseed, honey/agave, etc. I buy all of these things in bulk, and it saves me a lot of money, as well as giving me peace of mind knowing I’ll have something to eat if there’s a huge crisis with super expensive food or no food available in the stores, etc. I agree with tjab about the garden. Even if it’s just a potted tomato plant indoors – everything helps. Something else I’ve done recently is to figure out how much of the foods I eat, that I can get for $1: like 2 1/2 cups of sunflower seeds, or 1/4 of a certain recipe, etc. Now, I look at the list, and I focus on eating first what is most filling or most nutrient-dense for the price. I have things constantly soaking or sprouting to make things cheaper. It’s kind of turning into a fun little game. :)
I am a big dope…I read the title and thought it referred to “mood-depression.” Then read Troubles post and was like, “yeah gardens make you feel better!” The “OHHHHH!” came a little late on that one. It was kinda funny how she is like “FIRST.plant a garden” I thought this chick apparently has a proven plan to beat depression!