Food Cost Reduction Strategies for Every Lifestyle | Advice

Short time, tight budget

For dual-income families with children, time becomes a particularly precious commodity. The children are in school as well as all their extracurricular activities. Then there’s church and weekends filled with sports and catch-up to prepare for the next week. You don’t have time to visit every store to enjoy a variety of sales.

Choose a store. Your best bet is to identify the grocery store or supermarket in your area that is known to have the lowest daily prices, then stick with it.

To show creativity. Plan menus around what’s on sale at that store each week.

Picky eaters, dietary restrictions

You have the time and skills to cook at home. The problem is making meals that really taste good given the long list of ingredients that your picky eaters won’t touch. Or you need to produce menus and dishes that fit someone’s dietary restrictions, otherwise known as “doctor’s prescriptions.”

meals.com. This meal planning site offers variety and flexibility, letting you choose the recipes that best suit your needs that week. eMeals.com can’t go so far as to cook dinner for you, but it gives you a plan and creates a shopping list so you can shop yourself or skip the grocery store by sending your shopping list directly to Amazon, Walmart, Kroger, Instacart or Shipt. Then you choose pickup or delivery.