Shop less frequently. You will be forced to make the food last longer and you will become much more creative. If you go to the market every day, stretch it to every other day. Once a week? Shop for two weeks next time! You’ll waste less, use less, and spend a bunch less !
Make up menus seven to ten days ahead of time and base your meals on what’s on sale. You will save money because you’ll buy what’s cheap and you won’t overbuy on items that will go unused.
Be resourceful. If you run low (or out) of an item before your next shopping day, improvise with what’s on hand instead of running to the store. Remember that more frequent shopping trips will increase your spending. You’ll probably pick up several “other” items on that trip.
From the article “101 Ways To Save Money And Live Better” by Dennis Volz.