I have read a lot of blogs this afternoon. Did the housework I could do. Worked in my studio. And needed a break! LOL.
Groceries on the cheap is not about eating top ramen the last four days of the month. It's , also, not about Slaving in a hot kitchen all day making everything from scratch, Now, of that is your hobby and you enjoy cooking that much, by all means go for it! I sm assuming if you are on snap you have a family and the responsibilities that go along with it. If you aren't on snap, you might have other things you have to or want to do.
I found a compilation of recipes that are quick, or cook themselves in the crockpot, or I can make when I feel up to it and put on the freezer for when I don't, or things are busy.
Today, I made a banana, blueberry, oatmeal bread. It took only minutes and while it was cooking, I worked on my so called studio. Each one in my family called ot something different depending on their mood. It's the art room, grandmas room, the studio, or the craft room.
The way you cut the cost of food without sacrificing good meals is to not waste money at the grocery store. Paying full price is throwing your money out the window, My dad used to say that the manufacturers factor in the amount of the coupon when they set a cost on the product. You are shooting yourself in the foot if you aren't taking advantage of it.
Or, in other words. you get paid for shopping, not for cooking.