1) Plan your week.
Do you fly by the seat of your pants when it comes to figuring out what to make for dinner? Use your calendar to determine what you’ll be making for dinner for the week ahead. If you know Tuesdays is a busy night driving kids all over town, plan something quick and easy. I keep a list of 8-10 dinners that I know my family loves, that I can tweak and re-cycle, so I can plan in advance.

2) Take less trips to the store.
Do you find yourself running to the store several times a week, just to pick up one thing? Avoid impulse buys with fewer trips to the store in the first place. Stocking your pantry and freezer with staples like canned beans, whole grains, frozen veggies, condiments and spices is key.

3) Buy in season.
Have you wondered why strawberries are so expensive in the winter? Buying fresh veggies and fruits when they are in-season, and preferably local, saves money. If you have space, try freezing or canning extra, to use some off-season.

4) Get a group-on.
Do you have friends or neighbors who want good food too?
Join forces with your local farmer or community supported agricluture (CSA) program to enjoy fresh, local and in-season produce, meats, and even eggs and dairy at a lower cost than the grocery store. Check out www.eatwild.com for local resources.

5) Grow Your Own.
Does the idea of growing your own food seem out of reach for you?
For about $2.50, you can buy a bag of lettuce seeds that will produce enough organic lettuce to feed your family from May to September. A HUGE savings, even just on lettuce. For a great list of things you can grow small-scale, or even in pots, check out this link about container gardens.