Use What We Have . . .
This is the name I give to a strategy designed to get you through a sudden and severe cash crunch. It has helped me out many times in the past.
The "Use What We (You) Have" strategy means eating what is in the pantry, fridge, and freezer. This means wearing the clothes in your closet. This means not spending on anything until you have or exhausted everything else first.
There are times when you get zapped with an unexpected bill or expense (like a car problem) that can wreak havoc on your budget-- this the frugal approach to resolving the situation. An even more frugal way to deal with this situation would be to have an emergencey fund, but there are times people get caught off guard or have exhausted their emergency fund.
Next time you run into some trouble-- try "Using What We (You) Have".