Always use a shopping list. Planning your menus in advance will make it easy to create the list.
Try to shop when you are not hungry. This will help you avoid unplanned purchases.
Compare national brand's sale price with store brands. Both are often on sale at the same time.
Compare the cost of convenience foods with the same foods made from scratch.
Oftentimes, convenience foods cost more than similar foods prepared at home.
Take the time to compare fresh, frozen, and canned foods to see which is cheapest.
Buy foods you like when they are on sale and in season.
Buy products when they are on sale for later use.
Stock your kitchen with time savers that are packed with nutrients! Look for fat-free or low-fat and low-sodium items and get foods that you can make and serve in a hurry such as:
Canned or frozen fruit
Canned or frozen vegetables and beans
Canned or frozen meat, poultry, and fish
Canned soups or stews
Whole-grain bread or crackers
Enriched or whole grain pasta
Enriched or brown rice
Prepare enough for another meal so you have leftovers. For example, serve a baked chicken one evening and use the leftovers to make sandwiches or casseroles.
Make a big bowl of salad for dinner and take the leftovers for lunch the next day.