I have had the same challenge and if I understand you correctly you are noticing that carby things are much cheaper than low carb, right? I have had a real struggle w/ that b/c during lean times financially, we've always save $$$ by eating more beans & rice, potatoes & veggies, burritos, pasta, etc---CHEAP CHEAP. But I have recently found I have a strong grain & gluten intolerance AND my DH is short on work.....so I've had to be creative in cutting money AND carbs at the same time. I can basically only eat meat and veggies and I don't like my family eating very many carbs either---they're usually not good for them either. So....
Besides all the usual no-brainer stuff like shopping the sales, shopping in bulk, buying meats and cheeses to freeze, etc, (which really do help a lot w/ the food budget) I also have found that I can cut the budget by making non-starchy veggies the biggest part of my meal (it takes a lot of veggies to rack up carbs) and eat smaller portions of meat. I also have found some casserole recipes that use broccoli & chicken, or cauliflower and chicken and/or sausage. Casseroles use less meat than serving meat all in once piece. In this hot weather I also make a lot of salads. Taco salads are pretty cheap to make and you can add beans for the family (or yours too if you can have beans on your plan) and that stretches the beef. One good sized pc of beef, pork, or chicken can be marinated, BBQ'ed, sliced, and put on top of a big salad and feed our family of 4 (one is a teenaged boy--so he really should count as two people, lol).
I have challenged myself to use just one to one and a half pounds of ground beef to feed the whole family dinner--I make it stretch by finely shredding cabbage, which is still pretty cheap, and sometimes other vegetables too, like celery, onion, or the zucchini I get from my sister in law's garden, whatever I can find, and add them to the ground beef, add two or three eggs, season it all up together and make meatloaf or hamburger patties and very little meat feeds us for the night. Very low carb and my family really likes the flavor.
When the weather is cold, we rely on soups a lot and many soup recipes can be packed with veggies and use just a little meat. For the family I put bread or a baked potato on the side, or add rice to their soup after I make it to stretch it further.
That's all I can think of right now.....hope that helps a little.
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