Being a single parent, in the SF Bay Area of a child who requires outside therapy, I'm on a budget!
One of the things that helps me save money is meal planning. I give myself a grocery budget, then I take stock of what is in my pantry, then create a menu, then shop for the things I don't have. It usually works.
Here is my weekly dinner menu for the week of June 5
Sirloin roast with roasted potatoes and asparagus
Thai curry chicken, rice and peas
Homemade salmon cakes with homemade french fries
Green salad with tri tip beef
Spanish style chicken and rice
Spaghetti with homemade sauce (I made the sauce last week; freezes nicely)
Cajun salmon and spinach
I try to make things simple, tasty and quick (and gluten free)