Two things that save us a ton of time and money are a rice cooker and a slow cooker. I care about organics, so I try to buy what I can organic. However, I don't want to spend the same as my mortgage on groceries. We are a family of five. Our boys are 7, 6 and 4. I buy a 20 lb bag of organic rice every 3-4 months. We eat a lot of rice here.
Sunday- we had rice and black beans made with sofrito and optional sour cream. I have a 10 cup rice cooker and make a ton so I can use leftovers for fried rice later. The rice cooker is literally dump ingredients and walk away.
Monday- I roasted a whole chicken ( I can buy a natural antibiotic free chicken for around $5 that will easily feed us w/leftovers). I served this with roasted red potatoes and green beans. If you don't want to roast in the oven just dump it in the crockpot.
Tuesday- I used the leftover rice, leftover chicken and a bag of frozen organic peas, carrots and corn to make fried rice (no egg-my eldest is allergic
) Takes maybe 10 minutes to cook.
Wednesday- I brown 2 lbs of ground beef. This is the most expensive because our grassfed/organic beef is like $6-7 per lb. I use 1 lb that night and we have tacos with all the fixin's.
Thursday- I am using the other 1lb and cooking spaghetti. I just add a jarred sauce and boil noodles. Easy peasy! Serving with a salad.
I don't buy drinks other than milk and I buy tea bags to make tea. My kids take simple lunches to school-pb and j, apples, grapes, thermos of milk. Sometimes a Cascadian Farm granola bar. Obviously, if you are against carbs, this would not work at all.