It’s advice you got from your mother (maybe grandmother): Make a list. Go to the grocery store. Cook in rather than eat out. But it often doesn’t feel that it works…particularly as you watch the haul from the current shopping trip grow exponentially as the cashier (or you) scans our items. You feel defeated leaving each trip to the store with a receipt as long as a scarf and bags full of food you suspect will end up in the trash.
The thing is, your mother (maybe grandmother) was right. Eating in can save big bucks — if you do the proper planning and apply some of the following expert advice as well.
With Rebecca Cohen