7 ways to save money on groceries
Jot down a week's worth of dinner ideas before you head to the grocery store, suggests Ely. This tried-and-true practice discourages impulse-buying, helps you plan cheaper meals around what's on sale or in season, and keeps you out of the fast-food drive-through lane.
A modern twist on menu planning: Subscribe to a service like SavingDinner.com or e-Mealz.com. For a small fee you'll get a weekly meal plan online or by e-mail, along with a shopping list. Some services offer kosher, gluten-free and low-fat meal options.