Choose recipes that use ingredients that overlap. For instance, I often use bell peppers and onions. One day I may cook fajitas, but the next stir-fry might be on the dinner agenda.
I’m sure most of us already do this. Even if you plan your grocery list with sale items in mind, you might come across discounted items while shopping in-store. Be flexible and take advantage of unexpected deals.
Dried beans, rice, and pasta are my pantry staples. They are my go-to's because they are inexpensive and have a long shelf life, making them okay to buy in bulk quantities. You might also consider lentils, quinoa, farro, oats, egg noodles, and Ramen noodles.
Don’t waste money on produce that’s not in season - the rub is that not only is it more expensive, but it’s also not going to be all that flavorful. If your desired fruit or veggie isn’t in season, opt for it frozen or canned instead.