I thought I had lowered our grocery budget to a nice frugal amount but I was recently challenged by what Crystal at Money Saving Mom had to say about your grocery budget. I've decided to cut the budget back another $40 this month while still eating healthy meals and keeping my husband full. Crystal has begun a video series entitled 31 Weeks to a Better Grocery Budget that I found very informative. Coupons can be very helpful, however, many things I buy don't have coupons, such as meat, fresh produce, dairy and grains. Instead I shop the sale and know what my buy price for a given item is.
For example, I only buy boneless skinless chicken breasts when they are $1.99 a pound or cheaper (although I've never seen them cheaper here). I will buy enough to last us until the next sale and chicken goes on sale quite frequently.
Cooking from scratch is another way to save money at the grocery store without using coupons. Taking the time to make it myself is almost always cheaper and healthier! Check out Good Cheap Eats for how to stock a frugal pantry.