momcookin copyHave you ever found yourself staring blankly into your opened pantry? I have. Back in the day before I hit Krazy Coupon Lady status, I attempted to plan my family’s meals with whatever I had a taste for at the moment. Oftentimes I wouldn’t have all the ingredients and would have to hurry to the nearest grocer for a last minute item, usually spending money I could’ve saved with better planning. Those days are long gone. Now I plan my meals ahead of time and use ingredients that are on sale.

The day the grocery ads come out is your time to start planning! Check out what’s on sale for the coming week, follow TheKrazyCouponLady matchups, and pair available coupons with the sale prices. Jot down the best prices of foods you eat, and outline your 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. When you stockpile foods you frequently eat, you’ll have basics on hand to help shape your meals. Some of the best edible stockpile items are non-perishables that have a longer shelf life, like pasta, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, flour, yeast, canned tuna, condensed cream soup, and olive oil. Once you have a good stockpile, you’ll be able to pair these items with fresh ingredients that are on sale and in season.