First of all....Don't panic! Everything can be done gradually and I think in time you will find that it is not as expensive as you think.
What I would suggest is taking a look at just what you are spending your money on. What would be the first unhealthy thing you could eliminate. Just doing that will save you money.
Second...Start out by replacing one of your unhealthy meals with something healthy...example...how about a nice healthy soup made with fresh vegetables and broth...add a little rice, pasta or potatoes and you will have a very healthy filling dish that doesn't cost much at all. Soups always go a long way and there are so many variations of them. I have also purchased the roasted chicken and cut it up to use in soups, sandwiches, etc. That chicken can go a really long way.
Another way that can help is learning to steer away from the convenience foods...processed cookies, chips, etc. This may seem like a challenge with kids, but if it isn't done all at once, your kids will accept the change and it will be good for all of you.
Instead of processed snacks, why not cut up some apples or pack up some bananas?
How about baking your own home made cookies/snacks over the weekend with the kids. Get them involved in helping. They will enjoy the time with you and maybe even come up with their own healthy ideas. (I don't know their ages, but it doesn't matter...let them contribute). Baking your own cookies and snacks is a lot less expensive.
Fixing meals over the weekend can also help you out during the week when you don't feel that you have the time to do all that cooking.
Just start out slow and easy and before you know it...you will see that it's not as bad as you think.
I've also cut back on meats and found nice ways to make the meat stretch, for example...if you have a sausage, hot dog, something along that line...instead of giving each person one, why not cut it up into little pieces and incorporate it into your meal. You can use half as much meat and no one will be the wiser. It's a nice way to make the meat dishes stretch out.
These are just a few ideas...I hope they are helpful and I'm sure there are other great ideas out there too!
Good Luck and let us know how it goes for you!
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