Normally I would have grocery shopped yesterday. This summer is a lesson in coping and rolling with the punches.LOL
Yesterday we talked,about identifying Our needs and meal planning the basics.
Each week, when I get the newspaper ads, I analyze them. Take a piece of scrap computer paper, divide it into quarters and head each with a grocery store. Now go through the ads and write down any perishable or dairy ad price that is the cheapest. Ditto the stock items on your list. Now pick the one " loss leader protein that is on your list". By buying one meat a week and rotating it, you can save time and money. You portion control the meals for no waste, and dinner is half started.
I rotate hamburger, chicken, pork roast or sausage, and cheese. Sausage last I looked was 8.49 for three pounds at Costco. I watch for cheap 9 percent hamburger. Sometimes a chuck roast will be on sale and grinding my own is a better option. My husband does it with the kitchen aid and controls the fat. You can also use the old fashioned meat grinder.
Chicken continues to be inexpensive. I usually buy a whole chicken and roast it. Use dark meat for BBQ , breast for a chicken dinner or casseroles or other chicken dish and the bones for soup. If I get grill packs. I debone the chicken breast and either cook the quarters for BBQd chicken or shred it for tacos etc.
Hamburger becomes crumbles for pasta sauce, pizza, or sloppy joes. Also, taco meat and meat balls. We usually get a meat loaf from it. Meat balls are a meat group in itself.,,,meatball subs, on rice, potatoes, noodles, the possibilities are endless.