I've been meaning to start this thread for awhile. Wondering if we could share cheap cooking strategies - ways to get deals, recipes, whatever. And I'm hoping to keep stuff healthy and easy as much as possible.
OK, so let's see what I can think of.
-Buy produce in season, at a farmer's market if you can get to one. (Some cities have markets within the city limits to make them more accessible. If not maybe carpool with another mama.)
-While you're at it, if you can, buy extra produce in season and freeze it for when it's out of season and expensive.
-Make up a meal plan. This way you know what to buy when you're at the store so you don't forget anything, buy things you don't need, or you don't buy anything and then forget about it and have it go bad on you.
-Check the flyers for coupons and sales. If you live near somewhere that does price-matching, often you can get the stuff on sale at different stores all over the city all at the same place, so you don't have to pay for transportation all over the place to get the deals. (Where I live I know people who do this at Wal-Mart - I know WM is not exactly reining queen of ethical shopping, so probably not ideal, but.)
-Grow your own veggies and herbs. If you don't have room indoors check out if there are any community gardens locally you can get involved in.
-If you eat meat, eat less of it and go for alternatives. Meat is expensive. Beans, lentils, eggs, tofu, and peanut butter are much cheaper.
That's all I can think of right now! Whaddya got?