Why do you sometimes have to spend more in order to save more? Don't worry, it's worth it in the long run...
1. Invest in good gardening tools, it's worth it in the long run when you spend less on groceries.
2. Buy some food in bulk so you can cook more at a time, therefore you have meals in the freezer ready to go instead of getting fast food.
3. Invest some time in tracking your savings, it will be well worth your time when you find out how much you are actually saving compared to your spending.
Spend more time on research so you can spend less money in the stores.
You may feel like you don't have time for this, you may feel like it is not worth it, but it definitely is. Know the stores you shop at, know the items you most regularly purchase, and know where the best place to shop is for the items you want, even if you have to go to multiple stores. If you have to drive too far to get just an ok deal, it is probably not worth the extra time and gas. But if you have multiple stores nearby and you take the time to find the best deals each week at each store, it will be worth the time and effort spent on research once you see the money you have saved.
Also, spend more on finding coupons for the items you are going to purchase. There are many sites online to find coupons, there are many bloggers that keep everyone updated, and there are also the manufacture's sites that often have coupons for your favorite products. Take a little time to save a lot of money.
Some of my favorites to get started on: