I like to sit down with the weekly flyers for all the grocery stores. They all come out on Wednesday where I live. I then plan the menu of meals and snacks for the full week based on what our schedule will be and what is on sale. If it is really good sale, stocking up on items for future use is a good idea.
Then you buy only what is on your shopping list. You cannot eat what you do not have. Your shopping list should be loaded up with fruits and vegetables and less and less of processed foods (you can still have them, but be wary of salt and sugar contents and adjust the rest of your menu accordingly)
Now, for cooking. Since you are loading up on fruits and vegetables, you really do not need to cook them. Raw is usually the best way to go. But of course there are somethings that just taste better cooked such as green beans. Learn how to steam your vegetables. That is the best way to cook veggies.
Cook at home, and cook in bulk. Plan out your meals so you can get the most out of your foods. For example if you buy ground beef, buy in bulk and have hamburgers one night, tacos another, then lasagna a third.
Look around your kitchen and see if you can find anything that you can make such as some healthy cookies or something. If you don't have anything like that maybe try asking any of your friends if they know any type of healthy foods you can get or make.
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Last edited at 8:14AM on 10/9/2013
Don't buy junk food and spend that money on healthier foods. Also buy in bulk like others have mentioned. Oh and create an account on bodybuilding.com it's such a great helpful site for anyone looking to lose weight, gain muscle, or just stay in shape. I have an account on there and the people on there are so helpful and there are thousands of recipes for healthy meals that don't cost a ton of money.