Ice cream dates were out the window. Eating steaks was also out the window (poor Josh). Lunch? That's what you make each night and pack into a bag so you can take it to work with you. Not in a fancy, cool lunchbox (unless you already have one), but in one of those plastic bags from the grocery store. And you reuse the plastic bag every day until it has jelly smeared down the side of it (cause you're packing PB&J -- or its equivalent -- every day). Our food budget was $40 a week, combined, for the majority of those 3 years. ...more

This is a great article, I can do this and have, my car is a compact, paid for and 9 years old. ...more