Here are my suggestions for how to do that!
1. “Manager’s Special” - Look for those stickers with reduced prices…use right away or freeze!
2. Store Coupons – If your grocery store sends out mailers with coupons, SIGN UP! You can use these with sale and manager’s special items to get more bang for your buck!
3. Don’t just use “boneless, skinless“!!! I did for many years! I am finding that other cuts are both cheaper, but also tastier! Of course, “boneless, skinless” is easier to use for meal preparation, but it puts holes in your pockets!
4. Use alternative sources of protein! Animal proteins are considered “complete” proteins, i.e. chicken, beef, pork, eggs, and cheeses. “Incomplete” proteins are found in plants and grains. Milk is also considered an incomplete protein. When combined in certain ways, 2 incomplete proteins become “complete”.
Combinations: rice and beans, milk and wheat cereal, corn and beans, milk and peanuts, milk and beans, potatoes and cheese
For more on protein, here is an excellent explanation of complete and incomplete proteins.
Information about complete and incomplete proteins summarized from the book Super Baby Food, by Ruth Yaron.