It is possible to eat healthy on a limited budget, it just takes some planning and preparation. Here are some tips:
-Save your vegetable scraps and bones during the week. Make a stock with these on the weekend and then use any vegetables that need to be used up, as well as pantry staples to make a great soup for pennies!
-Stock up on nonperishable pantry staples and frozen fruits, veggies and meats when you are able. This will allow you to have a stockpile of items you can use to throw together a quick meal from items you already have in your kitchen when funds are low.
-Larger cuts of meat are usually cheaper. Buy the whole chicken and cut it up yourself instead of already done for you. Purchase roasts and larger, tougher cuts of meat, cooking them in a crock pot and using the meat in a variety of ways throughout the week. See here.
-Buy food that is local and in season. Better yet, try growing some of your own!
-Spend some time each week for meal planning. Sit down with coupons and sale papers and plan your meals around those items you can get at a good price. Stick to your list at the store, and never shop while hungry!
- The "dollar menu" may sound cheap, but it adds up! Almost every cuisine in the world has a version of rice and beans. This is a great inexpensive meal that is also healthy. Get some ideas here.
Here is an article on ideas for a whole chicken, which is cheaper than individual parts and can easily be roasted in the oven on the weekend.