Using a menu will save you time and money. There are two ways you can do this. One you can make a menu up every week this is how you will want to do it if you are trying to shop sales. Or you can make a 30-day menu that you can use pretty much every month.
When planning your menu try to use foods that week can be reused for another meal that week, such as beans one night then a few nights later tacos or burritos using the beans to make refried beans with. Or chicken have a roast chicken one night then a dish with chicken in it than chicken soup with the leftover parts of the chicken.
Also having a menu you can look at it and know what needs to be taken out of the freezer that morning for the nights’ meal. And you are not at the last minute wondering what is for dinner or you don’t have anything thawed so you just run to town and pick up take out.
After you make your menu look in the pantry to see what you have and what you will need to get. Make your list and before you go shopping eat something studies have shown that you buy a lot more when you shop hungry ( I know I do). Resist adding anything to your cart that isn’t on the list, if you have little ones you might see if someone could watch them while you go shopping so they are not asking for everything they see because at some point you are going to give in and buy at least one thing they want that isn’t on the list.
Some stores offer a pickup service, you order your groceries they get them ready and all you do is go pick them up I am not sure if they charge for this but if they don’t it would be a great time and money saver ( you won’t be buying anything not on the list).
Don’t be afraid to use store brands. They have come a long way in the past few years. I use most all store brands unless a name brand is on sale for cheaper than the store brand.
And cook from scratch I can’t emphasize how much money you can save by cooking from scratch plus it is so much better for you and a whole lot cheaper. There are so many different things you can make with just a few basic ingredients.