usually the meat is the most expensive thing if you can get veggies at a local market. if you can't get veggies at other than the grocery store, try frozen veggies since they digest easier for us is they're well cooked.
if you have a costco, use that if you can. i get all my frozen veggies and chicken there.
then if you make your meat with rice and veggies, it will go a long way.
or make a soup that will last several days.
try to stay away from processed foods if you can but, as you know, they're always cheaper and on sale!
the best way to find out what foods are best for you is to keep a food journal. list everything you eat, all your pills etc, and how you are feeling in and out of the bathroom.
the food journal really helped me to eliminate foods that i never would have thought were irritating.
while flaring i could tell instantly if a food was bad, but now that i'm doing a lot better, it takes a day to see results.
29, happily married, stay at home mom to 2.5 year old son. due to have another boy 9/17/08
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), diagnosed June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in January 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007 after taking caprylic acid for 2 weeks.
-Prednisone 8/28/06-2/28/07. and again may '07, 8 week course.
-Prayer! asacol, probio, ground psyllium husk, prenatal, folic acid, cal-mag
may you live all the days of your life.