Wow this thread just keeps going. Amazing!
Here's where I'm at.
1. We joined Costco for meat and bulk buys. The only thing that's a deal are the whole chickens (2 for $9). BUT the meat quality is waaaaaay better. Giant Eagle (which is our chain) routinely sells meat that has already been frozen and thawed but does not disclose this so the meat is inedible by the time I refreeze and thaw. Costco eggs are nice too but the organic milk sucks, tastes like milk carton.
2. I started shopping at Walmart (except for meat, did that once, it was awful). Which was saving us money but then prices went up again.
3.I still have to go to Giant Eagle for the stuff that can't be found at Walmart or Costco. So groceries can be a real circus.
We buy very few processed items--we go through 1 box of Kashi bars (if I haven't baked) and 1 box of high fiber crackers a week, bread lasts for weeks in the fridge etc.. We don't eat cereal and DD hates oatmeal as well as pasta and rice so we skip those alot. We eat primarily produce, meat and yogurt/cottage cheese/cheese. We have a freezer. I cook from scratch. I do pick-ur-own for berries and freeze them. We shop biweekly to cut down on costs with me just stopping to pick up fresh produce between shopping trips.
So we are still at about $150 a week.
I ration out food too to stretch leftovers. Don't let DH eat it all as he is wont to, instead I suggest he eat a salad or apple if he's still hungry.
I quit buying things such as Kefir which was a $30 a month habit for DD. I buy generic. I use coupons if I can find them but they are often for things we don't eat. Face it, the large majority of coupons are for highly processed foods. We don't eat that.
I plan to expand my lettuce growing into spinach and peppers this growing season to help save money. Also moving to a monthly menu plan to control costs and the number of grocery stores we go to.