Saving money if low budget 05/21/08 03:39 PM Need to save more? We live on one disability check even though both of us are disabled with FM/CFS and arthritis. Now get this, we do not qualify for any help of any kind from DSHS, they want you to starve before they help you. We decided this year to take advantage of food banks in our area town. I worked all my life for good money and paid taxes as did my husband and I refuse to feel bad about needing help now. There are a dozen or more food banks in our city. We hit 2-3 every week or ever other week. I see people there in Cadilacs and expensive clothes that I know don't need help. We get fresh fruit and vegies, not throw offs, as well as breads not old bread either. There is always wheat bread, white bread, sour dough bread, potato bread, raisin bread, bagels, english muffins and so on and on. We even get fresh donuts and rolls from bakeries that are donating. There is a multitude of canned vegies and fruits, all brand name like Delmonte and so on, not off brands. We get sugar, flour, beans, rice, peanut butter, and many foods that I did not buy when I made big money. There are big bags of frozen french fries, potatoes already cut for fried potatoes and mashed already seasoned from the factory and oh so good. Last week there was a brand name large box of frozen turkey and gravy, so good. They don't always have frozen meats but they are a blessing. Sausage, pork, etc. About all we buy in groceries these days are meat and milk. What a savings. I worked as did my husband for many years and paid taxes and I refuse to feel bad about this now. I made big money as a hotel manager, full charge, more then most women make. I worked hard, now I am 61 and ill and I will take this help. I would suggest to anyone who needs help to do this.