It seems now-a-days that parents especially are inclined to purchase a lot of unique food items for each member of there family. Some are a real concern (allergies for instance).
Precautions must be taken for someone who can't be exposed to certain foods. But what about the parent who has had it with their appearance and can't stand the thought of another "tube steak" Tuesday night dinner. Dieting with small children in a home can be a challenge.
This compels many to start to by "specific" foods that are just for them. Even If your trying to be conscious of how much your spending, this will eventually lead to an increase in the amount of money you are spending on your food bills. This is why there is so much evidence that suggests that Obesity and poverty are closely related to one another. Cheap food is normally bad for you.
It's the healthy stuff you pay a premium for.
That's why this can be a great opportunity to get you and your family eating better together.
The best way to coexist with a fussy family is to re-visit the tried and true calorie counting techniques. This way it doesn't matter which foods you are serving, instead you are just more aware of how many calories your taking in and when to stop eating.
Re-organizing your dinner plate and increase the volume of veggies you have and cut back on the meat, over time this will make a big impact. And getting your family to all share in the same meal will give your children an opportunity to see you eating well, and those habits will be passed down to them.