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Three steps are planning before you shop, purchasing the items at the best price, and preparing meals that stretch your food dollars.
- Plan, plan, plan! Before you head to the grocery store, plan your meals for the week. Include meals like stews, casseroles, or stir-fries, which “stretch” expensive items into more portions. Check to see what foods you already have and make a list for what you need to buy.
- Get the best price. Check the local newspaper, online, and at the store for the sales and coupons. Ask about a loyalty card for extra savings at the stores where you shop. Look for specials or sales on meat and seafood-often the most expensive items on the list.
- Convenience costs...go back to the basics. Convenience foods like frozen dinners, pre-cut vegetables, and instant rice, oatmeal, or grits will cost you more than if you were to make them from scratch yourself. Take time to prepare your own-and save!
- Easy on your wallet. Certain foods are typically low-cost options all year round. Try beans for a less expensive protein food. For vegetables, buy carrots, greens, or potatoes. As for fruits, apples and bananas are good choices.