Grocery shopping can be easier than you think.
Think of buying dried beans, a roast if you eat meat and cut it into a few meals (when I ate beef we could make a roast, roast beef sandwiches, beef and some noodles, beef mexican wraps and a stew all from one large roast)
Make your own soups, compare prices of fresh, canned, dried, frozen of the same items. You can buy powdered milk for baking, cooking.
I would say start backwards though as cutting grocery money can get depressing and lead you to order a pizza
(antother cheap family pleaser if you make your dough)
Make your meal schedual, and you can also cut down on cooking. When I am organised I used to go to the farmer's market on Saturday, cut the veggies, peel potatoes etc on Sat afternoon then Sunday make a roast beef and a roast chicken. I'd take meat off chicken then make soup.
There's so many ways to save money learn to make stovetop popcorn vs micro
Yogurt makers, I got an icecream maker for christmas its great cause of the food allergies in the house. Also you'll have to be honest with what you consume for me it was the $2 a day in fruit juices - for me! I switched to water and lemon or iced tea made with herbal teas.
Proper meal planning, limiting grocery shopping, buying direct from a market or farmers is often good too. Costing out things like luncheon meats vs egg salad vs peanut butter per sandwich. But you have to educate yourself especially when buying bulk its not often the savings it could be.
Cleaning with baking soda, vinegar, bleach can save money on cleaning. Windows often look better when done with vinegar and newspapers.
I am also trying to think of ideas to make some extra cash since there are things we want to do to the house... and it is time for me to do this( for me as well!)
I am not against working outside the home 10- hours a week or so- but have thought more about doing some in home babysitting-... tho I fear since I am new to town it will be hard.
=actually it might be easier as if everyone knows everyone else.
You might want to think about looking for a job that would get you cheaper on one of your bills - like a grocery store, etc.