1. Eat . Meat is expensive and vegetables are not, especially vegetables that are in season.
2. Like I said, vegetables that are in season are cheaper. A way to see what is in season is looking at your grocery stores ads. Look for what is cheaper and build a meal around it.
3. Plan your weekly meals to the T. Plan out breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks. If you buy a bag of apples, have a plan for them. Don't buy anything that isn't going to go with your weekly menu.
4. Beware of the coupon clipping. You are getting a good deal, but you can end up with unhealthy, premade food. Food companies have the money to offer coupons. I mean did you really need those new Frito Lay Chipotle Jalapeno Cheddar Barbecue Corn Chips even if they were $2?
5. Eat oatmeal for breakfast. It is shockingly cheaper than cereal.
6. Don't fuss too much over side dishes at dinner. You don't need the traditional protein, starch and vegetable dinner. Nothing is wrong with no side at all and just a big bowl of pasta.
7. Plan to eat your leftovers. We eat leftovers for lunch more often than not. And send them with your husband for his lunch at work.
8. It is sad, but true, but making your own bread makes a difference. I am not a pro bread baker, but making your own loaf of bread is quite simple and very cost effective. Practice while your baby takes naps.
9. And something you already know, make everything from scratch. The more you make things from scratch, the more confident you will become in the kitchen all together.
Those are my idea, but what are yours?
How do you cook well, but pinch pennies?