I have struggled to keep food on the table all my adult life. I have been working since I was 15 and I have lived on my own (away from parent’s home) since I was 18. I went through ramen noodle and boxed food phase because processed junk food is inexpensive. Eventually, this lifestyle caught up with me because I gained weight and generally did not feel well. I made a resolution to turn my health around and eat clean. But this required me to learn to shop smarter so that I could afford to eat healthy food. I learned to shop with coupons and plan meals based on grocery sales. Although using coupons has been a necessity to afford to eat clean, it takes much time and planning to shop this way. Sometimes when I daydream about what it would be like to not have to worry about meeting basic needs, I entertained the thought of not having to spend so much time clipping coupons and planning to thrifty shop. But today I realize that even when I am out of poverty, I still plan on using coupons and shopping smart, because it is imperative to be wise with your resources no matter how much or how little you have.