Dunno if this would help but you could grow some of your own food indoors. A lot of plants like tomatoes, strawberries, etc can grow using a
fluorescent light and just regular dirt from outside (steal it from your neighbor if you need it
). That's what my family does during the winter,
its not a lot but it does help.
Another thing you could do is to buy flour and yeast (real yeast, not that quick stuff). Once you get real yeast you never have to buy yeast again as
you can maintain the culture. But making your own bread, dumplings, udon and things like that are great fillers.
Another great idea I figured out in college, if you don't mind eating preservatives and what not is to buy that roast chicken in the store, here its
about $5 for the whole chicken. That last's a long time. You can make it last even longer by re roasting and using the drippings for gravy for
something else. Eat it with some rice and it'll last a long time.
Also if you ever go to a fast food place, get as many of the condiments as possible. I haven't bought ketchup or mustard for years and years.
Buy a water container, a good one. Fill your own water, filter it, boil it or whatever. If you don't like plain water, try tea leaves. Tea leaves last
7 times, meaning you can refill the container with leaves 7 times before it loses its flavor. As a tip, the 2nd or 3rd brew taste the best, flavor of
tea has opened. Need sweets? use honey. forgot to mention you can take creamers and sugar, salt pepper from stores you visit
Also, on Mondays or Tuesdays, if you go to the seafood market you will be able to buy fish and other seafood for more than 50% off. That's when they
restock their supplies and want to get rid of the old stuff. For meat you want to go for Tuesday or Wednesday, that would be when they are restocking
and also getting rid of old stuff.
Coupons.....coupons are your best friend. Don't go overboard and crazy. Saving a dollar here and there is more than enough. Those coupon freaks spend
hours and hours doing it, no need to waste so much time. But I'm sure you receive like a coupon magazine or newsletter every week in your mail.
You could also find out if you can raise hens. Having one hen can give you 1-2 eggs a day. And overall it'll be cheaper even with feed and other
expenses. And fresh eggs taste great.
That's all I could think of at the top of my head. If there is more I'll try to add.
edit on 9-11-2012 by Svipdagr because: wording messed