I am suddenly faced with my husbands layoff earlier in the week. Keep in mind, i'm a chowhound...and a frugal one at that. We eat very little meat, but need to spend a good deal of money on Soy milk for one toddler, and regular milk for another, both of whom are growing rapidly, and constantly hungry. We buy a good deal of our produce from a local wholesale market called Russos and the prices are pretty good there, and I've never spent all that much at Whole foods other than pre-cooked convienience items. Our closest grocery is trader Joes...and I do buy about half of our weekly groceries there, Frozen goods and some dairy items come from a wholesale club....and I've been cutting coupons already for years!
We eat lots of whole grain pasta, cheese, beans,, rice and potatoes, frozen and fresh veggies, tofu and soy.... and chicken and fish about once a week. I don't want to sacrifice health.... and my Penzey's herb stash is in good shape for now.
Any ideas on how an already frugal chowhound can pare down the family grocery bill? We're hoping that he won't be out of work long, but I need to prepare for the worst. I still have my job; but we need to really cut back.