If you bought all that junk food in one month, you would spend $115.64. The healthy food would cost $111.83 but feed you and your family for far more meals.
It might take a bit more time and planning to put these foods on the dinner table each night, but at least now you know you can afford to try!
Foods are store brand unless noted.
(Grocery prices from Wal-Mart and Meijer in Noblesville, Indiana, and Cincinnati, Ohio; fast food prices from the greater Indianapolis and Cincinnati areas, 2010)
Research: Beth Donovan and Stepfanie Romine
Photography and Design: Elliott Giles