Cheap is a relative word. This is about good food cheap, not cheap food expensive.
We buy real cheese, real maple syrup, real Parmesan cheese, real butter, real vanilla. Eating dinner on four dollars a day doesn’t mean you are eating rice and beans daily or a mystery meat! Lol
“ It is not necessarily WHAT you buy, as much as when and where you buy it.”
It is no secret that certain foods are featured at grocery stores during certain seasons of the year, You will most likely find pumpkin featured in the fall, and watermelon and strawberries and bbq sauce in the summer.
The spread of prices between sweet baby rays bbq sauce can be over a dollar between the sale prices during bbq season and the summer and in the dead of winter. Buy your yearly stash when it is at its lowest price. For us, that was five bottles.
That is just one example, If you buy cream soups, thanksgiving time is the time. They can be 1.58 now, but I have bought them for .39 with a coupon and sale in December.
Look for seasonal items and buy a years supply. You aren’t buying a years supply of everything, but buying a few things that way can save a lot of money,
There is a terminology in the frugal world called the snowball effect. When you make a snowball, and you roll it along the snow covered lawn, pretty soon you will have the start of a snowman. Translate: save a few pennies here, a few pennies there and use the first pennies to save more pennies and soon you have dollars.
I walked in to Fred Meyers and bought a Betty Crocker cake mix for .79. The same week, I walked into Safeways and the same cake mix on an end cap was 2.78. That is a two DOLLAR spread. Two dollars buys me a dozen eggs and a pound of chicken. Well on my way to a breakfast and dinner.
It’s not necessarily what you buy as much as it is when and where you buy it.