I have about 5K in credit card debt that I need to pay off. I would really like to cut down on our grocery bills to help with this because it seems that we are spending so much every month on food (around 500 for a family of 3 plus our dog that has allergies and can't eat regular dog food). I prefer to buy organic, but I can do without for a few months to save. We do live in the NY metro area so prices are higher than the national average.
I am looking for ideas on healthy but cheap meals (something other than rice/beans/veggies...we love this but looking for more variety). We go through a lot of eggs but buying organic is pricey! Also any ideas for healthy snacks? I have a feeling soups could be the answer and wonder if y'all have some recipes that you like. How low do you think I can get our monthly grocery bill?
I am also wondering...do you try to restrict your eating at all when you are trying to stay in budget? Or do you think it's possible to manage a tight grocery budget and still eat to satisfaction?