One technique that many budget conscious parents use is searching for grocery store loss leaders, and then planning your weekly meals around those items. If ground beef is priced at a “too good to pass up” price, plan your weekly meals around using ground beef.
Many people worry that using the same loss leader over a course of the week could get boring. But what you need to consider is the you can use ground beef for every single meal of the week, while still providing a diversified meal plan. One night could be meatloaf, another night spaghetti, at yet another night hamburgers. It is quite easy to make up meals using the same base product while still providing variety.
Another thing to consider doing is buying loss leaders in bulk, and storing it for later. Whether that loss leader is canned tomatoes, ground beef or toilet paper, if you have the room to store it, buying a lot of leaders in bulk makes sense and cents.
You should always be aware of the fact that stores sell loss leaders in hopes that once you come in for that awesome deal that you will end up buying more items – items that are more expensive, not on sale, and with a bigger profit margin. After all, that is how they make money on those loss leaders, with the items you buy with them.