I think that the best way to control your grocery budget is to plan your meals. When you plan your meals you can plan around what's on sale at your grocery store. It saves you the stress of wondering "What's for dinner tonight?" You just check your menu and make what's on it. And there's no eating out when you plan your meals, because you have the food easily accessible in your house so there's no excuse for getting take out.
Here is my menu for this week:
Tuesday: Homemade Chicken Nuggets with buffalo sauce and veggies
Wednesday: Stir fry with rice
Thursday: Hot dogs & salad - I'm busy this night so I'll need something quick and easy to make.
Friday: Meatballs in BBQ sauce with rice & veggies
Saturday: Chicken Caesar Salad
Sunday: Father's Day - out for dinner
Do you meal plan? Do you have a list of tried and true recipes that you rotate, or do you mix it up with lots of different meals?