I read your post earlier today and I have been thinking about you. You're in a rough spot. What I was reading in your post is that you are cutting costs wherever you can but your partner is not 100% on board. You have sacrificed a lot, giving up a house to move to a small apartment, giving up the independence of your own car, you are now stuck inside, alone and isolated with a 2 year old all day. Even with all the cost cutting, your husband is spending a $150 a month on extras for himself and putting you further into debt. I really felt for you when I read that you went through the trouble of making him meals to take with him and he would waste/give away the food and buy fast food anyway. That's hard mama! I've been married for 10 years and I know how difficult it can be when you and your partner are not on the same page about something, especially something as stress-inducing as money. Some of the best advice I've ever received was this: You can't control how other people behave, you can only control how you react. At first, I thought that it was ridiculous advice. So someone can do whatever they want and I just have to be ok with it? But that's not what it really means. It means that you cannot emotionally take responsibility for your husband's behavior. You can't make him quit smoking or eating out, so don't feel shame or resentment or whatever you are feeling about it. Only HE is responsible for his actions, not you. Let go of the stress so you can have a healthy pregnancy for your baby. Accept that he is going to blow $150 a month and that you will probably be going into debt every month until he is out of school. It is what it is. And it is TEMPORARY! Just acknowledging and accepting that $150 a month is gone may not be enough. I'm just brainstorming here, and you may be doing all of these things already, but here's what I've got as far as pro-active things to save/bring in money. You are getting food assistance. Is that SNAP or WIC or both? You may be eligible for both if you are not already receiving both. And take the WIC formula. Sell it on Craigslist for half price. I see people selling formula on there all the time. Why should you be punished for breastfeeding? You might be able to wittle your food budget down, especially if your husband is eating a lot of meals out and its just you and a 2 year old. I was pregnant last winter and I ate a lot of legumes and beans and soups. Split pea soup, lentil soup, bean soup, just add some rice or bread and you have a protein. So cheap and so healthy! Also old-fashioned oatmeal for breakfast. Again super cheap and its supposed to increase milk supply. Make pancakes and bread from scratch. You can get recipes for everything free on the internet. Americans eat way more animal protein than we need, so cut meat down to a couple times a week if you aren't already a vegetarian. Also, have you considered visiting a food pantry? You may not feel that you "deserve" to use one since your husband is out spending money, but there is nothing you can do to stop him. You are doing the best you can with what you have got. If you don't have enough money for food every month after the rest of your expenses, then you qualify to be a food pantry client. A lot of people need food pantries right now, you aren't the only one. Besides food, you might be able to cut heating costs. You live in a small space, can you close the vents in the bedrooms so there is only heat in the living area during the day? Can you turn it off completely at night and just use extra blankets (until the baby is here of course). Last winter we kept the heat at 55 degrees at night and made sure our 2 year old had enough blankets. In my husband's country, a wealthy-first world country but not in North America, most people don't have heating in their bedrooms at all. They have heat in the living room and that is it, they just bundle up in bed at night and believe me, it gets cold, but its nice and cozy in bed. Also, can you turn the heat down a little during the day? We keep ours at 65 and wear sweaters inside. Also see if your city has free weatherization materials. We got a whole bag of weather strips and other weatherization stuff free from our city last year and we were able to plug up any drafting windows and doors. We rent, so it wasn't just for homeowners. I hope some of these ideas help you out, but even if none of them work for you, my main message to you is that you are doing the best you can with what you have right now. Be kind to yourself mama and know that this is just one season of your life.