Hi Beth! Definitely. It's so expensive here. At one time, about $50 would fill a cart. Now $70 doesn't even cover the entire bottom of the cart. I have to really search for bargains and shop so frugally.
What I do is plan a weekly menu. I buy ground turkey on sale buy 1 get 1 free so it's $2 a roll. I can get a shepherd's pie and tacos out of those. I look for sales on things like kielbasa. If I can get those b1g1, I can plan 2 meals for $5. Or, I buy a whole chicken. Then I can bake it, make chicken & dumplings, and soup out of one. The problem is even whole chickens are now going for over $10 a piece.
One time I hit a hotel style turkey sale and bought 2. Those were $8 but lasted 3 or 4 meals including lunch for the next day.
I also buy large pork roasts on sale. Those can last 3-4 meals and are $7 if I get them cheap.
Then I stock sides in my pantry. I buy a huge bag of rice. Last sale it was $8. I buy a bag of potatoes. I swap rice/potatoes. I can't do pasta because of gluten.
I also stock veggies. So we have a meat, starch, veggie side every night.
I also do frozen shrimp. Walmart sells it in bags for $5. I'll make a shrimp/broccoli/rice dish out of that.
Whatever I cook though, I have to have enough to make my husband lunch for the next day because we can't afford to eat out.
I also shop at the dollar store a lot. They have cleaning supplies, including bleach, plus paper goods. Yesterday I went to a Family Dollar and stocked up on chicken soups for 65 cents a can. That's really cheap. It's $1.50-$2.00 a can everywhere else.
I've stopped buying juice boxes for the kids' lunches because they are expensive, plus they grew out of them. They use a water bottle now. I pack their lunch too. But they usually get a sandwich, fruit, and a snack.