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As a family on a budget, often choose to eat at franchised restaurants that can be found locally. Wendys has a great value menu, Steak n Shake offers several meals under $4, Taco Bell is great for late night meals or snacks, Sonic also has a simple dollar menu. If eating at a budget friendly restaurant for two of three meals a day affording to eat "whereever the stomachs desire" for the third meal will be more feasable.