Check your grocery store ads for sales once you plan meals around what you have on hand. Then, plan the remainder of your meals based on foods on sale that week.
There are many ways to use up leftovers, even if you don’t have enough of them to feed your family a second time.
Strive to use seasonal produce in your meal plan. Check the frozen aisle first if you need out-of-season produce for a particular recipe.
If you plan to buy in bulk, keep a list of the food you frequently purchase and the food’s lowest price to help you spot deals.
If you are trying to keep food costs low and make cheap meals for your family, eliminating meat from at least one meal a week can help.