I just had a conversation with a good friend. We were talking about a lot of different things, and stumbled on the topic of saving money and tightening our budgets. The topic that we really ended up talking about was food, both eating out and groceries. As I have stated before, this is my budget weakness. It is my major downfall. Still I know we do not spend as much as some people do on food. For personal family reasons, we have been transitioning away from processed foods to unprocessed foods. We have also been trying to incorporate more organic food into our diets.
While the unprocessed aspects has given me another motivation about not eating out, (Oh fast food restaurant that is not processed food where are you?) it does not make cooking at home easier. I have learned that when you want to cut processed foods out of your diet, it takes a lot more time to cook, since everything is made from scratch (well nearly everything). It also means that careful menu planning is very important. I've tried new recipes over the last few months. We are focusing on one major change at a time. Still the overall effect on my food budget has been positive. (I think this is because of the eating out factor). What do you do to save money on groceries?