Your rent has been paid, your lights are still on, but your refrigerator is empty. You've got a measly two digits in your bank account. At this point, your wallet is on E.

So you never decide to just put every meal on credit and pray for the best, or worse, skip one meal a day till the next paycheck, I'm giving you my top tricks to get a full tummy on an empty wallet.

But first, be sure you have some money to buy food. Check your finances to see what money you have coming in and going out in the next week. This will help you determine how much you can spend.

Now for the good stuff:
I have four tools I use to stay in my financial lane when eating food that I'll elaborate over the next two weeks for you.

Balance Eating out With Buying Groceries

This is everyone's go to, but often times we do this the wrong way. Believe it or not, there is a better way of striking this balance that saved me $30 the first two weeks I tried it.

Get Smart When Eating Out

People checking out at restaurant After determining when you will and won't eat out, you have to decide where and what to eat. These choices can be the difference between making your rent and utilities and being the roommate everyone hates. Here are some tips on picking the right places to stay on-budget.

Get Smart About Groceries

Lemons are cheap grocery items Buying groceries and making food at home can save you money, but not if everything goes bad in the fridge! I've figured out the right foods for my limited kitchen time.

$20 Grocery Haul

fruit bowl I'm showing y'all the receipts! Don't just take my word for it. I'm going to show you that it is possible to get one week's worth of groceries for one on $20, even in The Big Apple. Meat included.

Share this post with your friends to #SaveALife so their suffering can be over. I'll be back on Monday to show you how to strike the right tune between ordering food and making it yourself.