Thank you all so much for the hints and tips for healthy eating on a budget! I will continue to welcome any help/advice on the subject. I figured up, my kids spend an average of 5 of their 15 "awake" hours eating. So I guess it's worth my time to make sure that what they're consuming during that 1/3 of their day, is good. :) Thanks for the tip on the Hampton Cove Farmer's Market. I will definitely try it. We also like Ayer's Farmer's Market on the corner of Governor's and the Parkway.
We went back to Earth Fare and had better luck. I think some sales started on Sunday or something. The hormone-free chicken breasts were $4.99/lb and the grass-fed beef was too. I got 5 pounds of ground beef, 12 chicken breasts, 2 Kashi cereals, organic carrot muffin mix, and some organic produce (leeks, radishes, turnips) for around $80. We went to Wal-Mart for some of the other stuff. I did spend more than usual on groceries this time, but overall I felt good about what we bought. I made two weeks worth of menus, which took awhile because it included breakfasts, lunches and snacks, before we went to the store. I now have everything I need in the cupboard and refrigerator to feed my family well for two weeks.
We found a better juice for the kids that they really like. It's V8 Fusions Light. Each serving has a full serving of fruits and a full serving of vegetables, with half the sugar of regular V8. We found a good cereal they like, too. It's Kashi Honey Toasted Oats. It's basically whole grain Cheerios but some of them are shaped like hearts instead of O's, which the kids really love. :) Allie said it tastes like dog food but she must have meant that as a compliment because she can't eat enough of it. :) We found some fish sticks with 100% Alaskan cod that the kids also approve of. And I decided that for snacks, instead of packaged stuff with lots of preservatives, we would make a lot of it. In the last two days we've made Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies and Banana Muffins. We end up with healthier snacks and Allie gets to practice helping me cook. Sweet. Later this week we're going to attempt a potato soup and a borsche (sp?) that I found recipes for in The Well Fed Baby. Now if I could just convince them that beets were delicious. . . . I'll keep you all posted!