Meal planning is probably the biggest money saver I have ever done. When you plan your meals you are doing less spur of the moment shopping which we all know is what adds up in a week. Who really runs to the store for just ONE item? OK, our men do.
I use different methods to plan. Mostly I use the ads in the paper and see what's on sale and what I can pair the sale item with in my pantry to make a meal. I plan 8-10 days ahead and really stick to it.
Take the ad to your favorite store, get your coupons out and match them up. OR there are SO MANY on-line resources that do that for you! moneysavingmom.com , thegrocerygathering.com and thecentsiblesawyer.com all do that for you. They all have great resources for coupons and freebies too!
(I could probably start putting those on here, but I don't want to take away from their cool sites! They do such a good job, and I want to keep my blog for friends and family.)
The main point I have is STICK TO THE PLAN with few exceptions. You will be amazed at what you are not buying and what you can live without.
One of my favorite budget friendly recipe sites is 5dollardinners.com She offers meal plans based on sale items and the food is SO YUMMY!
Ok, my brain is not working right yet. I need some coffee! I hope you get the gist of this :)