Some time ago a reporter a the local paper wrote an editorial warning those with some years left until retirement that they should be worried about the prospect of eating pet food in their senior years. I wrote she was being silly and she got in touch with me to say writing editorials wasn't her job. She simply cranked out her piece at the demand of those above her.
Still, the piece was silly. Last night, as I at my dinner, I thought about how much I had spent on food that day. I don't believe I spent more than $3. I bought all on sale and all was purchased with food value and taste in mind. The soup pictured cost about $2 a serving and was thick with added broccoli and carrots. The vegetables were leftovers. I'd have added a little extra cheese but my wife didn't want the added calories. We could have added some leftover chicken but yesterday was a meatless day for me: doctor's orders.
The bread with the meal was two-day-old baguette and the topping was sun-dried tomatoes with grated Parmesan cheese -- both leftovers sitting almost forgotten in our fridge. The meal was filling, nutritious and delicious. Breakfast and lunch were also put together from food items bought on sale.
If I had written the editorial telling folk how to prepare for retirement, I'd have told them to not eat junk. Junk food is expensive. Don't get a taste for the stuff. It's neither good for you nor easy on your food budget. Build your daily food menu around stuff on sale at your local grocery stores and do the food preparation yourself. You will eat well and on a fraction of what most folk believe you must spend.