I have a two-fold approach to saving money on food. First, always have a menu. I bought a very cheap chalkboard ($3) and decorated it to match my kitchen decor. I write up the week's menu on that chalkboard based upon all the things I have in the house (it's a good time to go through the kitchen cupboards, the chest freezer, and all other nooks and crannies to discover the food you've forgotten about!).
I do find that making out a weekly menu really helps me....then I don't have to dream up what we're having. Even if the menus change due to varous circumstances, atleast starting out with a plan is helpful. Sometimes I like to show the menus to my husband for his approval and other times I just let him be surprised. I do not use a chalkboard but rather just write in a notebook. I keep the menus too so some weeks all I have to do is pick ones that were already planned. My kids don't always like the same things but it usually works out and I can pull some things for them so they are happy and get full. My son would be happy with pizza every single day of the week and that's not gonna happen!
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