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Smart Shopping

  • Always use a shopping list. Planning your menus in advance will make it easy to create the list.

  • Try to shop when you are not hungry. This will help you avoid unplanned purchases.

  • Compare national brand's sale price with store brands. Both are often on sale at the same time.

  • Compare the cost of convenience foods with the same foods made from scratch.

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  • Oftentimes, convenience foods cost more than similar foods prepared at home.

  • Take the time to compare fresh, frozen, and canned foods to see which is cheapest.

  • Buy foods you like when they are on sale and in season.

  • Buy products when they are on sale for later use.

  • Stock your kitchen with time savers that are packed with nutrients! Look for fat-free or low-fat and low-sodium items and get foods that you can make and serve in a hurry such as:

Canned or frozen fruit
Canned or frozen vegetables and beans
Canned or frozen meat, poultry, and fish
Canned soups or stews
Whole-grain bread or crackers
Enriched or whole grain pasta
Enriched or brown rice

  • Prepare enough for another meal so you have leftovers. For example, serve a baked chicken one evening and use the leftovers to make sandwiches or casseroles.

  • Make a big bowl of salad for dinner and take the leftovers for lunch the next day.
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