--Tap water (filtered if necessary) is cheap and very good for you. If you do juice, keep it watered down & not only cheaper but they don't get used to so-sweet tastes
--Switch to whole wheat pastas and brown rice. You can easily get on sale or in bulk. Work the same for kids.
--Beans are healthy and full of protein, and dirt cheap. Beans & rice is a great side. My 2 year old loves them (but not the others)
--Trading dessert for fruit salad is easy. Watermelon is cheap. Otherwise, fruit that's on sale (including cheap apples/oranges & put a sauce if you want, like vanilla pudding or a little whipped cream. Little kids love it just as much as anything else.
--2% cheese costs the same as regular
--We do get meat in larger quantities and freeze. Mine do eat meat. I serve nitrate-free turkey dogs
--Dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, raisins), wheat crackers, hummus as snack
--Trader Joes has lots of this stuff cheap
at 9:10 AM on Jun. 14, 2011