I wonder how people's eating styles is making a difference in price?
I know organic meat is very expensive. And eggs, and dairy.
We don't buy much of that at all.
When we do have meat or dairy, it's as a "side" or flavoring to a meal, not the main part. For instance, I don't just roast a chicken and serve it up like that. I can get at least 3 meals out of that, plus chicken stock for soup. 1 lb of ground beef spreads out to four spaghetti meals, since it's a flavoring for the sauce, not a main dish. We *never* just throw a whole roast in the oven and eat it straight (although I would love to). A 3 lb roast is another thing I can get 2-3 meals out of.
I also don't make a lot of egg-based dishes, unless I've got a realy good deal on eggs.
Same with dairy. I use those things mostly in baking, or for Sunday special breakfasts.
The base of our diet is brown rice (which Aldis sometimes has!! 1.89/2 lb last time I saw it there), pasta, potatoes, lentils, and other kinds of legumes, along with vegetables which I stock up on whenever they're on sale. Every once in a while we have a meal like cheesy mashed potatoes with vegetables, or garlic noodles with garlic broccoli with garlic sauce on top.
: Obviously not healthy to eat like that every day of the week, but even once a week helps the budget a little.
I try to make sure we get enough veggies by throwing spinach in just about everything and grating zucchini into any baked goods that will hide it.
I write out our meal list to make sure we're getting mostly well-balanced meals.