Before becoming Krazy Couponers, many of us would write up a weekly menu based on what sounded appetizing, then make a shopping list according to the planned meals, regardless of price. However, the Krazy lifestyle allows you to save much more by planning meals around what is on sale that week.

The day the grocery ads come out is the perfect time to start planning! Check out what’s on sale for the coming week, follow The Krazy Coupon Lady matchups, and pair available coupons with the sale prices. Jot down the best prices of foods you eat, and outline meals based on the flyers. For instance, if your local store has pasta sauce and fresh French bread on sale this week, plan a spaghetti dinner. If you know you’ll be busy on a day next week, make a double batch of tonight’s meal and freeze half. This way you’ll only have to thaw and reheat!

A basic tenet of Krazy Couponing is stockpiling, or buying extras of rock bottom-priced items so you won’t have to pay full price on last minute runs to the store. A stockpile of foods you frequently eat means the basics are on hand to help shape meals. Some of the best edible stockpile items are non-perishables that have a longer shelf life, like pasta, rice, canned fruit and vegetables, honey, yeast, canned tuna, condensed cream soup, and olive oil. Once you have a good stockpile, pair these items with fresh ingredients that are on sale and in season.