Welcome to the second major series of posts on Frugal Made Fun! Each week, I'll post 1-2 tips on how to develop your own plan to save money on groceries. I'm going to start with some of the most basic, easiest things you can do to save money, and then progress from there. You can take as much or little advice as you like. As the series progresses, a little more work may be involved, but you will definitely save more money.
Buy the generic version. There are a handful of items that I am unwilling to compromise on the brand. However for 95% of our other purchases, I can hardly tell the difference between the brand name and the generic. If you are willing to stick with the grocery budget plan and master using coupons, you'll actually be able to get the brand name items for a fraction of the price of the generic items using coupons combined with sales. However, if you don't have time to cut and use coupons, buying generic is the way to go!