Drink water. Often we drink lots of calories through sodas, coffee, alcohol, juices, tea, etc. And that costs a lot too. Drink water, save money, save calories. Here are some tips for forming the water habit.
Eat out one fewer time each month. If it costs you $25 to eat out, but only $5 to eat in, then the $20 you save each month allows you to almost completely fund a $500 emergency savings account.
Eat breakfast. Eating a healthy breakfast fills you up with energy for the day and also decreases your desire to eat a big lunch in the middle of the day. Not only that, breakfast can be very healthy, quick, and inexpensive.
If you've a local farmer's market, get your fruit & veg (maybe even dairy & eggs) there instead of at the grocery store. Your food will be fresher and less expensive. Plus, the money goes directly to the producer - not to a corporate middleman.
Shop for food with a list and stick to it. People who do food shopping with a list, and buy little else, spend much less money than those who decide what to buy when they get to the food market.
If you cook a meal planning to serve it twice (lasagna, chili, casseroles), be sure to put only one day's worth of food on the table. Otherwise you're likely to eat all the food you were planning on freezing.
Get a crock pot. A crock pot is perhaps the best deal on earth for reducing cooking costs in a busy family. You can just dump in your ingredients before work, put it on simmer, and dinner is done when you get home.
Invest in a deep freezer. A deep freezer, after the initial investment, is a great bargain. You can use it to store all sorts of bulk foods, which enables you to pay less per pound of it at the market.
Eat oatmeal for breakfast - it's cheap, easy, tasty, and healthy too!
For tea: instead of buying tea bags, buy a mint plant and pick its leaves. The plant might even grow faster than you can drink tea.
Eat for free on your birthday! Sign up for restaurant email lists or reward "clubs" and get coupons in the mail or through your email for a free meal on your birthday. Some restaurants give you a free meal coupon just for signing up!