Where did SOS: Surviving On Stamps begin? Well … I guess it all started when I was a baby.

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Food: the common ground of all humans across all generations.

Ever since I was little I was interested in cooking. Apart from my aunt who is a chef, this streak really does not run in my family.

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I was the ONLY one in a crazy household of nine who actually enjoyed helping my mom with dinner.

Also like my aunt, I am the shortest in my family. Can you tell which one is me?

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My sisters and me (and my baby bump)
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My oldest brother and me (pre-baby bump)







Although my mom never enjoyed cooking, she managed to make dinner almost every night of the week for years. Granted, the dinners consisted of not-so-palatable items such as her infamous charred, dried-out burgers slathered with KC Masterpiece bbq sauce (I suspect the bbq sauce was used in an attempt to hide the carcinogens and mask the burnt flavor).

Needless to say, I did not pick up my culinary skills from my mom. The only dish she ever taught me to make was mashed potatoes … from frozen potato flakes. I learned to cook on my own, using cookbooks and google searches as my guides. I also studied nutrition and fad diets, fascinated by the paradox of our health-conscious, obese nation.

By the time I reached college, I was so saturated in nutrition and cooking that it shocked me when my peers did not understand the importance of breakfast or have a clue how to boil an egg. They also had no concept of unit price and making a buck stretch. I frequently witnessed weight-conscious students exasperated over the cost of eating healthy. However, these same students would go out to eat several times a week, not realizing they were spending more money for less healthy food.

That is when the idea for Surviving on Stamps was born. The entire SOS movement is about showing Americans how to cook amazing food from scratch to save tons of money that can be invested for a better future.

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This is the core of everything I do. I’m using any mediums I can to bring my message to the audience that needs it the most. Have an idea for me? I’d love to hear it! Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and share it with friends..

Happy $tamping,

Sarah Bogan



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