Healthy Eating for Cheap?

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2011-04-22 18:27:56 -0500
Started 2011-04-22 13:32:52 -0500

I have two invisible disorders, obviously diabetes being one and the other bipolar. Together, my husband and I are raising five children, so eating healthy is extremely expensive. My doctor recently took me off work for four weeks due to bipolar issues. So now we are raising five children on half the income. I was wondering, does anyone know how to feed a diabetic mother and her family for super cheap?

By the way, I am very recently considered a diet controlled diabetic, I'd like to keep it that way!

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RAYT721 2011-04-22 17:57:28 -0500 Report

Just a few tips… the fewer the ingredients in the recipes, the less overall cost you'll have. Don't be afraid to buy generic brand products. Shop for produce at farmer's markets and/or what's on sale. Keep a price journal of the various places where you shop so you recognize true sale prices. Build up a recipe collection of things that fit into your budget and family likes that can help with consistent menu planning (60-90 recipes of each meal and snack should give a nice variety). Don't buy non-food items at grocery stores. Grow your own vegetables if possible. Learn to can and freeze certain entrees (think chili, casseroles, soups). Keep an eye on portion control servings (ie remember what size portion is for meat for example 3-4 ounces per person). Choose healthier snacks than things like chips and bakery products. Look for ways to serve less expensive foods like oatmeal and other grains, tuna, less expensive cuts of meats, vegetables on buy one-get one sales (got coupons? can you double?), and stay away from fast food restaurants. Water makes a really good beverage. Look at other areas of the budget to cut expenses from. Apply for food stamps if you qualify. That's what the programs are in place for. Don't be afraid of dollar stores or thrift shops for certain non-food purchases, including gifts. Remember that a penny saved is a penny not spent. Make your own baby foods (if applicable). Get familiar with websites like and or for turning sales and coupons into free stuff. Remember that the entertainment budget and other variable expenses are easier to trim costs from in order to have more in the food budget. Planning / budgeting is often the best way to stretch your money. Be realistic. Steer clear of loans and credit cards. Use cash and discipline and self-control. Take time and make time for yourself. Relax. Check out the library for some amazing books and magazines on cutting corners. And don't forget … Prayer may not help but it doesn't hurt.

RAYT721 2011-04-22 18:27:56 -0500 Report

Also at the top of this page you will find a link to visit another community. There is a "connect" site for bipolar disorders that may offer more advice and guidance.

nanaellen 2011-04-22 16:37:22 -0500 Report

Unfortunately there is NO WAY to feed yourself or anyone else CHEAP IF your eating HEALTHY!!! Believe me I've tried!! Although you could try finding a food warehouse or supply store in your area. I live in Rhode Island and EVERYTHING here is expensive!!! I have to go out of town to shop in Mass. Found a Price Rite store that is way cheaper than anywhere here! Usually go once a month and buy in bulk! Good luck! Ellen

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-22 14:52:21 -0500 Report

Excellent question. No answer or suggestion at this point, but I will ponder it over the weekend. You probably won't get a lot of input over the weekend. I am familiar with depression, first hand, and I have an idea of bipolar, but I have a question for you. Is your bipolar effective by diet?