"You could feed your family for 10 bucks at home," says Nutritionist Julie Schwartz. "It wouldn't be a burger and fries and a soda, but it's looking at other options."
Schwartz says just as with your finances, a little of planning and some smart picks can help stretch your dollars.
"It's really shopping wise," says Schwartz, "looking at circulars, what's on sale this week."
If it's lean meats you're looking for, you can save some cash by buying in bulk, slow-cooking tougher, less expensive cuts, and choosing meats in their least processed form.
Also, try to incorporate lots of fruits and veggies into your diet.
If you can only afford the staples like rice, pasta or beans: "A bag of beans will really take you a long way and with a bag of rice with it, you've got a complete protein. Its filling and it can really help out."
The bottom line says Schwartz: "The more we can do from scratch, the better."
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