I plan out what I will be making for dinner for the month approx. & go to the store once a month & get everything I need to make those meals plus a few extras just in case. I then only go once a week for milk. We have a family of 4 & I can keep groceries under $200 a mth. We don't do soda or candy ect... Each sunday I make a large dinner like roasting a chicken or beef ect.. and for that week we use the meat for additional meals such as soups, casseroles ect.. We also use the meat for lunch sandwiches which saves money (no lunchmeat bought) and it is healthier (less sodium). Exp: This past sunday we had chicken, peas, mashed potatoes, gravy, home made bread. Monday we had a casserole with chix, left over peas, noodles and opened a can of cream of mushroom soup. Tuesday used the gravy leftover & had hot chix sand w/gravy & homemade FF (from real potatoes) less $ & healthier. It works for us hope this helps.
at 7:55 AM on Oct. 30, 2010