When you're juggling school schedules with sports, homework and housework, feeding a family can get hectic. And when you factor in how expensive grocery bills are getting, it can lead to a bad combination -- fast and unhealthy food.
But eating healthy doesn't have to cost a fortune. In fact, dietician Kristin Kirkpatrick says, it literally takes pennies per serving.
First example, brown rice and whole grain pasta is $3 bag and has about 6 servings, meaning 50 cents per serving. Frozen fruits and vegetables will also cut your costs.
"Its probably 60 percent cheaper. And keep in mind how much you'll be getting in that bag opposed to the small pint you might be getting in the store."
Bagged apples will also save you about 50 or 60 cents per apple, compared to buying the fruit individually.
Canned fish is caught at peak season, but sold for a fraction of the price you'll see in the freezer. Eggs cost roughly 16 cents each and beans and lentils could feed your family for weeks.
"In this bag alone, you're getting about 30 servings. And it is dirt cheap, I mean pennies you have to pay per serving," says Kristin about a bag of lentils.
Another piece of advice, stay away from coupons. They will save you a few cents, but most likely on some highly caloric foods.