Eating Better on a Budget

Get the most for your budget! There are many ways to save money on the foods that you eat.
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Updated: May 2, 2018

Eating Better on a Budget

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.

Source: wwwChooseMyPlate.gov

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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) PA Nutrition Education TRACKS (SNAP-Ed)

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