To echo what others have said, meal planning is very helpful in avoiding waste and saving money. I'd research pricing at different (but close) stores and then come up with recipes based on what was on sale (BOGO for the win!). It is time consuming, but helped me a lot. Now a lot of stores price match so that should help!
I found it helpful to cook in bulk and either eat the same thing for several days or freeze things for the future.
I'd go for more vegetarian options and rely on (dried) beans/lentils, eggs, and yogurt for protein.
Frozen veggies are often more affordable than fresh (and just as good for you).
Buy seasonal fruit/veggies for your fresh produce- much more affordable than out of season items.
Consider visiting a local farmer's market if there's one near you- you can often find better pricing there (but not always, so check your store ads before you go!).
Stick to the same basic items each week and then modify slightly. For me, this often meant rice + beans of some type for lunches, eggs + veggies or oatmeal + fruit in the mornings, yogurt or nuts for snacks, and protein (chicken, tofu, etc) + veggies for dinner. Changing up the herbs/spices I used helped keep things new, and sometimes I'd get bread (or make it) or cheese or frozen veggie burgers on sale.
Also, if you drink milk but can't finish a gallon before it goes bad, make yogurt or cheese with half of it and drink the rest, because it's almost always more economical to buy a whole gallon.
Bulk food stores like Costco can be good only if you're willing to eat the same thing until you finish it (or you're okay freezing it). I like to get greens there because I freeze half for smoothies, but when I was single I couldn't finish a bag of avocados before they'd get mushy. I also buy chicken there because it's cheaper, organic, and sealed in single pouches which is convenient. A lot of people swear by rotisserie chicken because you can use it in many ways and then make stock out of the carcass + veggie scraps. See what works for you!
Healthy choices and actions have positive impacts, even if the scale doesn't move!
I feel your pain! I work two jobs and am just getting by, One website I found through someone on SparkPeople is Budget Bytes. I have tried a few of the recipes and they turned out great! Here is a link:
Budget. Then take your meal plan and figure out the per meal/serving cost that fits your budget. Then figure out the cost per meal/serving of what you are actually eating. Eat more of the lower cost things and look for swaps to bring your costs down. Fresh apples might be .60 a serving but applesauce (store band with just apples and citric acid) is around .10 a serving (without shopping major sales or buying in bulk). Having applesauce more often than fresh apples is an easy, budget friendly swap. That does not mean you cannot work the pricier item in, just that you should have the cheaper option more often.
-google first. ask questions later.
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