Many families in the Tampa Bay Area are experiencing bank accounts perilously close to empty as the job and housing market continue to be difficult; but eating well in Tampa does not have to break the bank. Did you know there are about 50 ways to season rice and beans?
When cooking on a tight budget a strong stomach and a taste for adventure is needed. Instead of complaining about what is missing, try experimenting, learning and creating. It seems creativity is the currency of a cash-strapped cook. Even in the world of food, great art and great business both happen more in times of desperate struggle than in wealth. So maybe these rough days are helping families develop the fortitude to be creators. After all, if we give a child the tools to create the life they choose, whether at the dinner table or in the boardroom, we are providing for a brighter and less cash-strapped future.
Through the necessity of tight wallets and absent investors, the Tampa Area is experiencing an influx of farmers markets, food trucks, and other new cheap eats developments.
What do you do to budget when times are rough? Share your ideas in the comments.