Gettin' the Right Eats

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My grandmother Opal Cassidy, who was born in 1904 and lived all of her life in rural southwest Oklahoma, used to tell me: "You get the right eats, you hear?" That's about the most practical, down-home advice that can be given. But food doesn't just fall from heaven onto your table. Sometimes -- especially when money is tight -- it's easy to feel out of control and overwhelmed by the overwhelming. That's OK. That can be handled.

So what to do? Run around like a chicken with your head cut off and squawk? Give up in despair? Those are options -- but are they useful? The better times alternative is to learn good problem solving skills. You can use those skills to get yourself into a better times situation.

Solving the Problem Solving Problem

Take your basic awful problem. Look at it from all angles. Chances are, there is some small part of the problem that you can understand and do something about. So deal with whatever aspect of the big picture that you can. Then you look at that awful problem again. You solved one part of the situation, does something else now seem understandable?

So fix that part of the situation and repeat the whole process again. Continue doing this, step by step, and pretty soon, that awful problem is no more. You chopped it up into bits and solved it, one little step at a time.

Everybody has to eat, and you might as well eat good food that doesn't cost much money. It's not the answer to life, the universe, and everything, but it is one part of the better times equation that leads to the good life for you and your family.

If you get control over your food budget, the skills you learn doing this can help you in other aspects of life. Take things one step at a time. You might be surprised how much progress you can make.

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