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Meal Planning: Stretching Your Dollar

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Take time to plan meals, a shopping list and a food budget!

To make the most of your food dollar, you need to:

  • Be aware of the foods your family is eating now.
  • Know how much you are spending on food.

Plan your meals. Planning meals one week at a time will help you:

  • Save time, energy and money.
  • Get adequate nutrition.
  • Avoid last minute shopping.

Here are some tips to help when you shop for food:

  • Make a shopping list and follow it. Avoid impulse buying.
  • Compare stores. Discount food stores and national chains usually offer better prices.
  • Compare prices.
  • Know the price of each item before you put it in the basket. Check the unit price label on the shelf to be sure.
  • Read food labels for ingredients and nutritional information.
  • Shop alone and only once a week.
  • To avoid crowds, shop early in the day and early in the week.
  • Don’t shop when you’re hungry.
  • If you have the storage space, buy large size packages. Buying larger sizes may save you money.




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