Inexpensive cooking starts before going shopping
Right away, planning sounds like effort. But it's worth it. You will no longer stumble aimlessly through the supermarket aisles but will buy only what's on the shopping list. This ultimately saves both time and money. There is no perfect time to tackle a weekly meal plan. The important thing is to take half an hour before doing a big shop, whether on the evening before or on a Saturday morning. Avoid shopping spontaneously several times through the week. It's not a new trick but it's a good one: never shop when you're hungry.