I'm fairly new in this forum and expect there is already a thread for this, but I haven't found it yet. Without getting too personal, I've had a difficult time prepping because of being out of work, on my own, and nobody within ears reach agreeing that prepping is necessary. Because I know what it is like to go hungry, I take prepping seriously. I've had to resort to turning to the community church the past several months for my groceries. When I first started, I used to give them back the food I didn't want (i.e. rice, beans, powdered milk, those dried potato flakes, dried oats etc). Then I started combing preparedness forums and learned the basic staples. So I started accepting all of it and putting it aside. I now have a ton of pasta, beans, rice, oats and a good start on potatoes and powdered milk... and working on things to balance out the diet and to make it more flavorful, enjoyable and healthful. Now that I at least know I won't have an empty stomach, it's easier to use what budget I do have to get the other stuff. Before, if I had only $5 to spend, it seemed like it would not make a difference. But now I can use $5 or $10 to stock up on sugar, veggies, fruit, and non-food items.