Grocery and food costs are on the rise. Here are a few tips on how to stretch your budget and food dollars by planning ahead, making smart food choices, and preparing low-cost recipes.
Planning: 1) plan weekly meals and snacks – eat what you have at home first; 2) check your mail for store coupons, sales, and store specials; 3) sign up for your local grocery store discount card;
4) know how much money you have to spend before shopping.
Shopping: 1) eat before you go shopping; 2) buy store brands;
3) compare products for best deals; and 4) be sure to check for
‘sell by’ and ‘use by” dates - buy only the amount of food you can use before it spoils. Remember, frozen, canned, or shelf-stable foods last longer!
At home: 1) put food away as soon as you get home; 2) portion-size larger packages; and 3) use foods before they expire.