Planning the meals and snacks your family will eat for the next week will save you time and money. Once you have your meal plan, make a shopping list of ingredients you will need. Using that shopping list can help you save money by only buying the things you need. It can also help you save time and gas by not making extra trips to the store.
Before you go to the store:
Milk, yogurt, block cheese, eggs, peanut butter, beans (canned or dried), rice, pasta, tortillas, bread, oatmeal. Fruits and veggies could be fresh, frozen, or canned: broccoli, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onion, carrots, celery, tomatoes, apples, bananas.
Eatfresh.org has a variety of ready-made meal plans, including kid-friendly, crockpot, and very quick meal plans.
Choosemyplate.org walks through the steps of making a meal plan and includes a calendar template to fill out.
Choosemyplate.gov provides budget-friendly tips to keep in mind while shopping for each food group.