Editor’s note
You can read this publication on this page, download the PDF, or order printed copies.
See the companion publication N1027, Eating on a Budget Handout.

Eating on a budget poster sharing tips for stretching your food dollars.

Sarah Wood
Assistant Extension Professor, Department of Health Sciences

Tammy Roberts
Nutrition and Health Extension Specialist

This handout provides tips on stretching your food dollars. It discusses unit pricing, how to get the most out of the food you buy, and other ways to save money on your food budget.

The printed poster is 36-by-24 inches, printed in color on high-gloss poster stock, and rolled and shipped in a tube.

See poster content below.

Eating on a Budget

A carrot.

The cost of food can make feeding families a challenge. With planning and diligence, it is easier to prepare healthy meals and snacks within your food budget.

Before you go to the store

  • Check weekly ads to see what is on sale.
  • With help from your family, plan all meals for the week.
  • Check your pantry and refrigerator for items on hand.
  • Make a list.
  • To save time, organize your list to match the layout of the store.

At the store

  • Shop alone if possible.
  • Shop with a full stomach.
  • Shop only once per week.•Use coupons only for items you would normally buy.
  • Buy only what is on your list.
  • Stock up on nonperishable foods when they are on sale.

An egg.

Use low-cost protein foods

Eggs, beans, peanut butter, and yogurt are good protein choices.

Money saving ideas

  • Plan at least one meatless meal each week.
  • Limit pre-prepared foods as they cost more.
  • Use leftovers for another meal.
  • Freeze leftover vegetables  to add to a soup.
  • Buy non-food items, such as soap and paper towels at a discount store.

A pepper.

Where to find bargains

  • Look on the top and bottom shelves for better prices.
  • Buy fresh produce that is in season.
  • Look through bargain bins.
  • Consider store or generic brands.
Funded in part by USDA SNAP.
For more information, call MU Extension’s Show Me Nutrition line at 1-888-515-0016.
Running out of money for food? Contact your local food stamp office or go online to