As a family on a budget, we’ve struggled with keeping food expenses down. This is by far the one part of our budget that can drastically increase or decrease based upon our choices and moods. To eliminate the mood swings and “what-am-I-going-to-cook-again?” shopping trips, we stole an idea from my daycare and created a 30 day menu of breakfasts and dinners. That way we can keep a standing list of what we need for each month, then when items come on sale, we can buy enough for a month or two, thus saving money. It eliminates the “what are we having for dinner?” discussion, but we’re flexible enough that if we really want something in particular we can swap meals.
This is what works for us. . .for more ideas of what works, see Rocks in My Dryer.