Hungry and too broke to do groceries? Take stock of your kitchen cabinets! That canned soup you previously overlooked as a bland side dish now becomes a bland meal. The jar of cheez whiz you shoved to the back of the fridge? A rediscovered love for processed cheese on toast! Humongous jar of peanut butter? Relive your childhood with a PB sammy. A dusty can of peaches isn’t really a viable chocolate alternative, but it’ll do in a pinch. Plain minute rice isn’t so bad and Chef Boyardee is practically edible. Stale cereal just has a different texture – it still tastes the same as the fresh stuff (for the most part). Homemade coffee and tea is almost as good a Timmy’s and no one will give you a dirty look when you dump 5 sugars in your drink.
Don’t think of it so much as desperation as an opportunity to clean out your cupboards and avoid public ridicule by snotty coffee shop workers who think they are better than you. Awesome!