I made my first big-girl purchase back in December when I got my Toyota 4 Runner. I love my car, but the payments are killing me. Since I have a new bill added to the stack of monthly payments, I have been trying to cut back wherever I can.

Don’t get me wrong, I am conservative, but I have everything I need, and some of what I don’t. I am blessed in that I always have more than enough. I do still try to be conservative and save every way I can, though.

I live alone, so I rarely cook full meals for myself. Conservative, remember? I just can’t stand the thought of wasting food, so it’s just easier, and sometimes cheaper for one person, to grab something fast rather than to cook. Lately, I haven’t wanted to spend money on anything that’s unnecessary. So, I’ve reverted back to my college student ways– survival.

Now I get up earlier in the mornings so I have time to eat breakfast and drink coffee at home instead of getting it on my way to the office. When I am on my way home in the afternoons, instead of running by Jack’s to get a salad, or Subway to get a sandwich, I drive straight home and look for something that I can prepare there.

Since I have gotten into this habit, I have been spending a lot of time looking online at recipes for one person. I have found some pretty good ones like one pan chicken Alfredo, grilled chicken and cranberry salad, fajitas and honey lemon chicken, and of course, there’s always my favorite– breakfast for supper, which is a bowl of cereal when you live alone.

If any of you have any recipes, or meal preparation ideas for one person, feel free to share them with me. Send in your favorite recipes and I’ll be sure to continue the cycle of sharing them. I’m not a picky eater, and I’m not allergic to anything that I know of. I live by what my Gran always says when it comes to food, “I’ll try anything once.”

Kayla Beaty is the managing editor of the Times-Journal. She can be reached at kbeaty@times-journal.com, or by writing P.O. Box 680349, Fort Payne, AL 35968. Fax 256-845-7459.

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