The recent trend for $4 a day budget meal planning was popularized by Leanne Brown in her free online book Good and Cheap (PDF), developed primarily for those using SNAP (food stamp) benefits. Earlier this year, I decided to try the $4 a day food budget on a trial basis.
Spending only $4 a day was a big change from my previous budget, averaging nearly $12 per day. After the first couple grocery shopping trips, I found there seemed to be several strategies or rules to adopt to achieve this goal. Read all 18 tips for budget meal planning on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.