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Creative Ways to Stretch your Food Dollars

April 28, 2014


It’s expensive to eat healthy. Buying fresh fruits and vegetables can really run up your grocery bill. But there are several ways to save money on the foods you ear.

Here are a few tips from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help you stretch your food dollars:

1. Plan Ahead.

Before you head to the grocery store, plan your meals for the week. Include meals like stews or casseroles that “stretch” expensive items into more portions.

2. Price Hunt.

Check the local newspaper, online, and at the store for sales and coupons. Ask about a loyalty card for extra savings.

3. Compare and Contrast.

Check to see if buying in a different size will reduce costs. Use the “unit price”

4. Buy in Bulk.

It is cheaper to buy foods in bulk. Buy meats in bulk and freeze them for later.

5. Consider convenience costs.

Preparing your own meals will almost always save you money. Pre-cut vegetables, instant oatmeal and frozen dinners will most likely cost you more than those made at home from scratch.

6. Cook once a week.

Prepare a large batch of recipes on a day off and freeze individual portions. This will reduce your need to go on a take out run.

7. Spice up leftovers.

Find new ways to use your leftovers. Throwing away food is throwing away money.