Staying on budget, keeping us fed

When I was unexpectedly laid off from my corporate job, it became clear I was going to have to learn a new way to meal plan and cook. Up to that point, I was spoiled silly in the grocery store. I bought it ALL, and often. But then, the layoff suddenly meant no more $6 jars of fancy, organic peanut butter! No more Whole Foods! No more rib eye steaks for weeknight meals. My mother (who raised 2 daughters…