I have said it before, but utilizing sales and coupons for meal planning is one of the most frugal ways you can feed your family. At the release of a sales ad (found in the newspaper as well as in your mailbox) check out what fruits, vegetables, meats and bakery goods are on sale that week.
If you can, avoid convenience foods on sale, because often these are on sale to get you to pay more for the additional ingredients needed to complete the meal.
Look and see what items your family loves to eat are on sale, and think about what meals you can prepare with those foods. Remember that purchasing these items while they are substantially discounted is a great idea if you have a freezer and can keep them for awhile. We got a great deal on ground turkey awhile back and so we stocked up and substituted the healthier meat for ground meat whenever we could.
My pickiest eater enjoys the ground turkey better than ground beef. Odd but true, and I couldn’t be more pleased. More on picky eater substitutions coming later.
Sit down with the sales ads and make a shopping list. Then check your coupons for any that would work on these items. Be sure and scour the Internet for coupons too. Often they are there for the taking, and you just have to do a little searching to find them.
Remember to avoid impulse buys. Be sure it is something you will prepare (or can freeze) before the expiration date. Millions of dollars of food is thrown away every year because we buy too much and it goes bad before we make it into a meal. So keep that in mind when shopping sales.
Do you have any shopping tips for sales?