A woman drowning in debt because of eating out decides to eat frugally to tackle the financial problems that come with it.
The economic condition in the United States has worsened to the point where it has begun to actively influence the way people eat. With inflation at an all-time high, the prices of grocery items have increased a lot. Samantha D—who goes by @samanthad513 on TikTok—shared a video talking about how her eating habits had recently changed. The video has 681.5K views and 3652 comments on the social media site.
The woman begins the video by sharing how she had a very embarrassing confession. She states that she has never eaten like a normal person. The woman explains, "So, I have never consistently eaten food from my house. Never a day in my life. I could probably count on two hands the number of times that I have eaten three meals at home in the last five years." She adds that most of it was during Christmas because most restaurants were closed.
She says, "I just do not cook. I do not shop. I'm terrible at it. And I don't know if you've lived in America, but I can't afford to do that anymore." The woman highlighted how it was now January and how she had to manage funds properly so that she could prepare for the rest of the year. She shares how she had to learn to eat at home for her family's well-being. The woman asks viewers if they have any ideas for them.
The woman clarifies that she does not want anything fancy. She says, "And I'm learning how to not do it in a way that's similar to disordered eating because every time I've done it in the past has been because I'm on a diet." The woman added how she had recently bought a pack of donuts for $3 instead of buying a single donut for the same price, which she would have for breakfast. She concludes by saying how she was going to eat normally this year.
People chimed in with their own suggestions in the comments section. @jenandtonicwithlime said, "Thank you for being vulnerable! I never really learned how to cook from my family, so I had to do that as an adult, which is scary but can be fun!" Another individual, @eliens22, suggested, "A donut is not breakfast. Go back to basics. Boil or cook eggs, eat bread (real bread), eat boiled potatoes, cook vegetables, keep it simple and plain." @ntrlred commented, "Once you get used to eating at home, takeout won't seem as good anymore."
A woman, Vanessa (@wanderonwards), shared a video on TikTok recently shedding light on how the cost of living in the United States was absurd. In the video, the woman is seen checking out Whole Foods with a single item. The text overlay reads, "How does anyone survive in America? This is $22.60 for a box of vegetables and two chicken pieces." The woman exclaims, "Oh my god. I am never going to financially recover from this." The state of affairs with the cost of living in the United States is sad, to say the least.