Hen'biddies suggested to me that there be a thread w/ suggestions for making it through hard times. There are many, many of us here who are struggling, so why not share your tried & true tips for making it? Tips can be financial or emotional in nature, just no whining about your situation: we've all experiencing financial difficulties. I cook nearly everything from scratch. It's amazing how much money it saves us when a loaf of bread costs pennies and a batch of chicken broth is free. It's counter-intuitive, but I rarely use coupons. Most coupons are for processed foods I'd never eat. What do you do to get by?