Eating on a Budget Poster
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See the companion publication N1027, Eating on a Budget Handout.
Assistant Extension Professor, Department of Health Sciences
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Eggs, beans, peanut butter, and yogurt are good protein choices.
- 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.
- 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.