OK - so you don't have to go to the extremes that I might but with the ever changing economy and the price of gas ---you have to start somewhere. Thanks to my friend Aubrey I got started with Pinching Your Pennies about 1 1/2 years ago. I am amazed at each trip I make to the grocery store how much money can actually be saved. I am at the point (and I have been for a while now) that I shop almost exclusively for my "stockpile" or "storage" and then of course perishables. I plan meals mainly around what is on hand. What should you keep on hand?? I recommend making a list of 10-15 of your family's favorite tried and true meals and then make sure that you have the necessary ingredients on hand at any given time. For instance --- if you have a few meals that require cream soups or canned vegetables --buy those items when they are at their lowest prices. Cereal, pasta, sauces, frozen meats, baking mixes, condiments, canned foods and much more are on sale frequently at ROCK BOTTOM prices and it's easy to stock up then!! How do I know when the price is right?? I personally look to Pinching Your Pennies-Utah they have great lists posted on there of the sale prices at the local grocery stores. If you are outside of Utah they offer the Grocery Guide as an alternative or there is a price book that gives star rankings for pretty much everything at the grocery store - you compare the price of the shelf to the price book too look for the best deals. Bonus Savings!!! Every time I go to the grocery store I make sure to swing by the clearance carts and scour them for bargains - there are really some great deals to be found - especially if you have coupons!! Another "Never-Miss" for me is the reduced price meat - this is the meat that must be sold in the next day or so - usually marked down at least 40-70% just take it home and cook it that day or freeze it. PYP has a great blog now to!!! They have great tips and how to advice for saving time and money! One more great option that can help you as well as local farmers is to join a Co-Op. One of friends buys from them frequently and I plan on trying it out this month too. Most are available for anyone to use - no matter what your income level is. Another is Angel Food Ministries - although that one is not available in Utah.