Did you realize that if you plan your meals without thought to what meats and vegetables are on sale that you end up spending way more money than you would otherwise? You should always plan your family’s weekly meals based upon what is on sale at the grocery store.
Lets say you had planned to serve pork chops this week, because they are normally cheaper than chicken breasts. But what if you didn’t notice that chicken breast cutlets were on sale and actually cheaper per meal than the pork chops? You would have spent more money on the meal than you could have otherwise.
While you might have a dish or two in mind for the week ahead, you should sit down on the weekend with the various grocery store flyers to see what is on sale. Then see what you can substitute. Can you use chicken thighs instead of chicken legs or vice versa?
When you plan your meals based around what is on sale, you will end up spending much less money, which means it is much better for your budget!