Have you tried to talk with your husband about the finances?
Do you both keep a record of everything that you spend? I live off the smell of an oily rag and have for many years. I do this in a spreadsheet, and it really helps immensely. It gives you the ability to create a realistic budget, tweak here and there, and live more within your means. I even record if I have spent $1.00.
There are some things that you can do to help reduce grocery costs:
Bulk cook meals and containerize them in single serves and freeze. This is a great method for saving money, and also ultimately saving time. It is also great for when you are really tired or just don't have the time to spend making a decent meal. It saves money because you can take better advantage of the specials with meats and veges, and also power/gas for cooking and washing up after.
Eek out the meats by adding lentils, dried split peas, Cannelini, Red Kidney or Baked Beans to your meals. They are very cheap and a good source of protein and fibre. Adding diced veges to the meats (casseroles) also stretches the meat a bit and increases the veges tally for the day, plus is cheaper than meat.
Don't be afraid to use Food Banks if need be. I have had to get Food Grants from our Social Services many times.
If you or your family drink soda/juice, gradually reduce it and increase the water.
Unfortunately, stress, depression and anxiety issues can significantly influence how or what a person eats. The trick is to develop some tools to help you when these times eventuate. It might be developing a hobby - maybe something constructive that might ultimately save money. Things like a little vege garden, or knitting/sewing. If you have the time, get onto SP and read the articles in the toolbar above. There are some really great ones. When I first joined SP I spent ages in there, totally engrossed, and even forgetting about meals - LOL!
The other thing I will mention is that with your emotional issues, you really need someone to talk to. It is good if you husband can/will listen, but it is very good to have someone who is removed from some of the stressors, too. I know that finances are a problem, but if you don't have a therapist, there are ways of getting that help for free, or a reduced cost. If this is the case, please let me know, because I can give you a few links that have proven to be very helpful to others. I strongly encourage you to talk with your Dr about this, including if you have relationship issues with your husband????
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