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You can save money on groceries. Follow these simple suggestions.
Before Going to the Store
- Plan weekly meals. Your family can help you plan the menu.
- Make a shopping list based on your meal plan.
- Check the food sale ads.
- Use coupons. Check the Sunday newspaper, and clip coupons for foods you normally buy or need. Ask your children or another family member to help you. Remember – coupons do not save you money if you buy products that you don't need. Also, store brands may be cheaper than the name brands with the coupons.
- Make fresh foods at home instead of using prepared items such as frozen entrees, bakery cakes, or salads.
Choosing a Store
- Shop at the store that has the lowest prices for the items you need. That may be a different store every week.
- Remember that convenience stores tend to have higher prices and less variety than supermarkets.
At the Store
- Buy what is on your list. You are more likely to buy too much or to buy items that you do not need when you do not use a list.
- Convenience can cost more. Some examples include:
- Canned beans
- Boneless chicken breasts
- Precut vegetables
- Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season.
- Buy only the amount of food your family can use, even if a larger size costs less.
- Shop alone when possible. Family members or friends may try to get you to buy items you do not need.
- Do not shop when you are hungry.
- Watch for errors at the cash register. Sometimes sale items do not ring up on sale. Some stores give customers free items if they are charged the wrong amount.
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Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Your Heart, Your Life, A Community Health Worker's Manual.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH Publication No. 08-3674, Originally Printed 1999, Revised May 2008.
Last Updated March 2012