The best advice I ever read ago was to "shop for ingredients, not for dinner". Your dollars will go much further if you buy basic ingredients, the makings of dinner, instead of buying food that has been made for you. The more work that has been done for you, the more expensive (and less healthy) that food will be at the register.
Instead, buy flour, spices, honey, cheese, meats, vegetables, and so on. You'll have the ingredients for many meals instead of a box that will make dinner for tonight. Your trip to the grocery store will also be much faster as you cruise around the perimeter of the store, buying produce, meat and dairy, with a quick zip down the aisle of baking supplies.
Plant a garden if you can, and grow your own produce.
Just by changing the way you think about food, you can have a well-stocked pantry to sustain your family. By changing your methods slightly, you can save time and work in the kitchen. I'll tell you how in the following posts.
CONVENIENCE FOOD SERIES
Part One - Spice Mixes (chili seasoning recipe)
Part Two - Chili Mac
Part Three - Ground Beef (taco seasoning recipe)
Part Four - Dump Chicken
Part Five - Make Ahead
Part Six - Pizza Crust
Part Seven - Pies
Part Eight - Chicken Stock
Part Nine - Veggies and Herbs
Part Ten - More Make-Ahead Ideas
Part Eleven - More on Ground Beef
Part Twelve - More Pizza Crust
Part Thirteen - Make a Mix
Part Fourteen - Cookies
Part Fifteen - Brownies
Part Sixteen - Corn Muffin Mix
Part Seventeen - Honey Oat Bread bread machine mix
Part Eighteen - Cookie Mixes
Part Nineteen - Make-Your-Own Baking Mix