The market is, by nature, a very social environment. Talk to people and understand where they get their food from and compare the prices of the same products. You may need more than a few visits to the market, but getting to know your suppliers is the best way to ensure that you're getting the highest quality ingredients. Talk to people and understand where they get their food from and compare the prices of the same products from different suppliers.
Soup machines and slow cookers are usually cheap and will help you save money on food in the long run. They also save energy while you cook (find out how much it costs to run a slow cooker (opens in a new tab)) and make magical use of leftover food. They also make it super easy to cook in batches. Check out the best slow cooker recipes for inspiration.
Even a cheap veal breast tastes amazing when it's been simmered for 12 hours. A hand mixer is also very useful. Not only can you make soups and sauces, but you can also make a quick sauce with some leftover tomatoes.