I found myself spending over $100 a week on groceries. I cut this to less than $50 a week, while saving time, making only 4 changes.
Initially a week of groceries was a gallon of milk ($4), 7 pounds of chicken breasts ($20.23), 1 pound of salmon ($13), 2 pounds of frozen vegetables, a box of cereal ($5), 5 packets of skillet sauces and dipping sauces to cook the chicken in ($35), a gallon of ice cream ($5), a lettuce head ($2), 1 pound tomatoes ($3), cheese to make salads ($5), dressing ($6), and about $7 in other products.
First I bought cereal, and frozen vegetables in bulk for a savings of approximately $10 a week. I stored them in single serving Ziplock bags and froze to reduce spoilage.
Second I made my own skillet sauces in bulk and froze in single serving amounts in Ziplock bags for easy use. Each sauce costs $0.50-$0.75 per single serving (3/4-1 cup). I made chimichurri sauce by mixing 2 tbsp cilantro, 6 tbsp red wine vinegar, 2 tbsp corn oil, 1 tsp dehydrated garlic, ½ tsp dried oregano, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp onion flakes, and ¼ teaspoon red. I made a persillade sauce by mixing 1/6 cup parsley with 2 tsp dried garlic, 3 tbsp olive oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. I added a tablespoon of lemon zest to persillade sauce for a gremolata sauce. I made lemon butter sauce by mixing 4 tbsp margarine with 3 teaspoons lemon juice and a dash of cayenne. I made coconut curry sauce by mixing ¼ cup canned coconut milt with1/3 tablespoons dried garlic, ¼ cup lemon juice, 1 tablespoon curry, and ½ cup water. I made ginger garlic sauce by mixing 2 tablespoons of soy sauce with ¼ cup rice wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons dried garlic, 1 tablespoons ginger, ¼ cup lemon juice, ½ teaspoon cayenne, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, and ¼ cup olive oil.
Third I saved over 40% on seafood by eating at buffets. At Hometown Buffet and asian buffets I get all I can eat salmon and shrimp for about $8-$10, less than the cost of 1 pound of raw salmon and 1 pound of raw shrimp.
Fourth I went to restaurants for take out for chicken dishes spending around $3-$4 for enough food for 2 meals. I “Like” the business on Facebook to access about $1 of Facebook coupons a week. I searched for coupons on sites such as Current Codes, Deal Hunting, Fat Wallet, Coupon Mountain, Rather Be Shopping, Retail Me Not, and Slick Deals. I check in both the “restaurant” category and the “food” category because some coupons, particularly take out coupons appear in the “food” section instead of the “restaurant” section. This gave me about $20-$30 a week worth of coupons. I used smart phone aps such as Black Board Eats and Scoutmob to search for e-coupons garnering about another $2-$5 in discounts a week. I went to Restaurant Dot Com, Groupon, and Livingsocial for gift cards to buy gift cards for the restaurants with coupons. Typically the gifts card are available for 40-60% of face value saving me another $20-$30 a week. Finally I got take out during happy hour and order meat appetizers dishes. During happy hour the appetizers are around 20-50% off and the meat appetizers are often cheaper than entrée but with similar portion sizes saving me more money.