I love this topic!! FI and I go to the store once a month for our major trip of $150. We spend an extra $20 bi weekly on essentials that go bad fast, like milk and such. That means we come in at $45 a week, and just under $200 per month!
Anyway, I have tons of tips for you and other bees! I always buy in bulk, as it really does save money! On our monthly trips we buy up to 8 boxes of cereal! FI eats a bowl almost every morning. We buy two 3 lb packages of ground beef per month, and freeze them in 1 lb portions to use throughout the month. We also buy a 10lb bag of frozen chicken every month (costs about $12). Canned chicken and canned seafood are also some good, fairly healthy options. Fresh produce can also be frozen to keep it fresh longer!
I utilize store promotions, store-specific coupon programs (in indiana we have meijer and kroger who both offer store coupons if you sign up, which is free), and outside coupons! Sometimes coupons come in the paper, but I also use coupons.com to get good deals.
As far as meals, we do an overwhelming majority of our meals as all in one, combining a meat and vegetable and usually a pasta or rice. Some of my favorites are: chicken, vegetables and noodles with Alfredo sauce; ground beef and vegetables with cheese sauce; ground beef, stewed tomatoes, cheddar cheese soup, and potatoes (makes a “cheeseburger skillet casserole”); canned tuna with cream of mushroom soup and noodles; Mexican chicken casserole; tater tot casserole; Polynesian pineapple chicken over rice; and many more!! We are also advocates of frozen food (we eat a frozen meal about once a week), and some of our favorites are fish sticks, breaded popcorn shrimp, Salisbury steak, white meat turkey, and many more! We also love, love, LOVE crock pot meals!!
Sorry for such a long post, and I hope it helps!! FI and I also eat a spinach salad with fresh peppers at least 3-5 times a week. We are both runners, and I am a Zumba instructor. We are in prime physical health and love to eat, so most of our meals are pretty healthy and VERY filling! If you want any specific recipes or anything else don’t hesitate to let me know!! I am proud to call myself the Queen of Quick, Easy, Nutritious meals! I work 40 hours a week and also go to college full time, along with fitting in at least 10-12 hours of exercise a week, and none of my meals EVER take more than an hour to complete…except the crock pot, of course 😉