You might think that keeping a grocery budget in check in a small household would be easy. Fewer mouths to feed equals less money flowing from the account, right? That may not always be the case — especially when it's difficult to take advantage of volume buying. Here are some cost-saving tips:
Look for large bags of frozen vegetables and chicken breasts on sale. Divide contents into single- serving sizes and refreeze at home in freezer-quality sealable bags.
Check the small print on coupons or in-store promotions to avoid buying more than you need to qualify for a discount. When in doubt, ask for a clarification at the customer-service counter.
If you don't have the storage space to take advantage of buy-in-bulk offers or warehouse-club savings, share the bargains with friends.