What to Eat When You’re Broke


It can be hard to feed your family when you have a low income. Sometime, you should experiment and see what it’s like to buy a week’s worth of healthy food for a family on a tight budget of $50-75. Food manufacturing companies target families with less disposable income and make their products more affordable which includes more toxins in their food.

With that kind of budget, sticking to food restrictions is nearly impossible such as using any products that are organic, not genetically modified organisms, or the animals haven’t been given hormones or antibiotics and aren’t non-organic dairy or meat. It is also difficult to avoid anything that hasn’t been subjected to pesticides or additives. Anything that has canola, soy or corn likely has GMO in it. There are also a lot of foods with artificial flavorings including MSG, aspartame, and fluoride.


To feed your family when you don’t have as much money, you have to determine pros and cons and what must be sacrificed. Which is the healthier option and who are you buying for? While you might be looking in someone’s pantry and want to tell them what they should consume, that’s pretty judgmental considering there’s no way to know what kind of budget they have for food. Sometimes when you have to feed a family on a small budget for two weeks, you have two options to consider:

  1. Do you buy only organic food and stretch it as far as you can to feed your family even though it might not last the full 14 days?
  2. Do you try to see what might feed your family for the full two weeks until the next payday?

It’s likely you chose option 2 because no one really wants to let their family go hungry. While it’s great to have a stockpile of non-GMO foods dried and also a garden to be a back-up, it’s hard sometimes to keep the pantry stocked full of completely healthy foods.

It is uncommon that just shopping the farmer’s market or scanning the edges of the grocery store will feed a family entirely on a tight budget. While you would love to opt for locally grown and fresh produce, $50 at a farmer’s market won’t take you through two weeks.

Comparing the Odds

So what do you do when you’re broke but want to feed the family nutritional and healthy food?

You might have to pick and choose. Is organic dairy the best? Should you still try to avoid some of the GMOs and neurotoxins? While pesticides are still harmful, preservatives won’t be the end of the world in a pinch. It’s just best to do your research and thing about what you can purchase at a conventional grocery store at a reasonable price.


These are genetically modified organisms and the long-term effects of them have not been determined which could led to illnesses. It is possible that they create numerous serious health issues in the long run including kidney and liver damage, premature death, tumors, and even organ failure.

Antibiotics and Hormones

Meat and dairy products might be tainted with hormones that have been passed throughout the food chain, through the cow or other livestock animal and into the consumer’s body. This could cause issues with the reproductive organs or sex characteristics in growing children. It could also cause cancer. No one knows for sure. Additionally, since they are often given antibiotics, it is possible for them to be passed on to us and causing resistance to antibiotics when we are not healthy.