According to Answers.com:
“There is no exact number, but the world gene banks set the count at about 40,000 different types of beans,
though only a very small number of these bean types are mass-produced for common consumption. “
These little orbs of understatedness are great sources of fiber and protein. They are easy to grow, can be dried and stored, and are light to transport. They can be cooked, baked, roasted, or eaten raw.
They are also mushy. And have funny smells. Did I mention they are mushy?
This past fall we had significant decrease in our income, with an unknown end in sight. Therefore, even that extra $.10 at the store felt like $1,000. The extra trip across town caused pain as I thought about the cost of gas to get us there, all while hoping no one would hit us.
Among other things I did to give some immediate relief was to take up couponing again. I had never fully stopped, but had relaxed on it a bit. Now I pulled out all the habits I used to do, while learning new ones. New rebate apps were installed on my phone and new websites found which helped me find deals at my local stores.
We were very blessed that first month or two with a lot of “free after rebate” or “free with a coupon” items. Between those items and our pantry we were doing okay in the food budget arena. There was no steak on the menu, though ribs were in the freezer.
Then IT happened. I saw a deal at a local grocery for another free item! I quickly checked it out only to my horror to find myself torn.
“But…but…I don’t like those!” said my selfish side.
“They are good for you. The kids don’t know you don’t like them. Mom would get quite the laugh. And they are FREE!” said my more rational side.
“But I don’t like them!” I repeated.
Two nights later we were having (free) beans and cornbread for supper. I was pleasantly surprised that the beans were actually good. Though you would have heard this conversation at the dinner table:
“Come on, boys, eat up. Your supper is better warm than cold.” (trust me I know, I wanted to add.)
“But…Mom, I don’t like these.” Boy 1 said.
“These are good for you. If you eat them with the cornbread you can’t even taste them.”
“But, Mom. I don’t like them.”
“Sorry, Sweetie. This is what is for supper. If you want dessert you need to eat what is in your bowl.” (Did I really just say that about beans???? Me!?!?!)
There was a lot of thought taking place in their brains as to whether it was worth it to eat the beans or not. Eventually all kids ate their supper and earned dessert (i.e. choice of leftover Halloween candy).
Frugality won out over great dislike in this case. While I did not run out immediately to buy a year’s supply of this item, I did realize that even I survived eating something I did not think I would like. Our bank account thanked me that week.
We are now at a place where our income is back up. However, at that time, we did not know if it would for 6 month, a year, or longer. We gave great thanks for our safety net, for skills we have learned over the years, for a plan we formulated early in our marriage if such a thing ever happened, and for all the blessings we saw happen after this time.
And yes, I even gave thanks for the beans.