Stretching Your Food Dollar

Four Staple Canned Goods for Summer

You may be used to using canned goods for soups, stews, and other hearty winter meals, but did you know that canned goods are helpful all year long? By mixing and matching canned foods with in-season and on sale meats and produce, the budget friendly recipe options are endless. In addition to being inexpensive, canned… Read more »

5 Foods You Need in Your Pantry

Do you ever find yourself in the grocery store thinking about which foods to buy that will give you the most bang for your buck? Add these five budget-friendly pantry foods to your next grocery list.

Seven Recipes That Use Canned Food Already in Your Pantry

Canned food is an easy and budget-friendly way to stock up your pantry when we’re all reducing the number of visits to the grocery store we’re making. The process of canning veggies and fruit still retains many of the vitamins and minerals our bodies need, and there are plenty of low- or no-sodium options. Whether… Read more »

Stretching Your Food Budget

A large part of any household’s budget is spent on food. Many people believe that healthy foods are expensive, but it is possible to eat smart on a budget. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) monitors food prices and calculates how much it costs to eat like MyPlate. SNAP benefits are calculated using this… Read more »

Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Veggies on a Budget

Fruits and veggies are full of important nutrients, like vitamins, minerals, and fiber. That’s why MyPlate recommends making half your plate fruits and vegetables. Yet many Americans aren’t eating enough for good health. A common reason why is the cost of produce. Researchers decided to calculate how much it costs to meet MyPlate’s recommendations for… Read more »

How to Budget for Feeding Your Family

Budgeting for meals is an extremely important part of managing a household. But how do you know what a good amount is for your family? There are a few shortcuts to help you set a food budget that meets the MyPlate recommendations, evaluate the cost of recipes, and save money at the grocery store.

Shopping Smart on a Budget

Did you know that the average supermarket carries 39,500 different items? With so many options, how do you shop smart and make the best choices for your family? When you’re trying to eat smart on a budget, grocery shopping can be hard. But it is possible to save money and still eat well. It just… Read more »

 

Fall Fruits and Veggies Recipe Round-Up

The first day of fall was this week and already the weather is beginning to change. The nights are cooler and the days are noticeably shorter. As sad as I am to see summer go, I am excited about all of my favorite fall foods- apples, pumpkins, winter squash, cranberries, etc. What fall foods are… Read more »

 

Shopping in Bulk

When you use unit pricing to compare costs of different foods, you quickly learn that larger sizes are often a better buy. But there are a few things you should think about before you bring home that 30-pound bag of rice and case of canned tuna. Is It Worth It? Storage space– If you don’t… Read more »

 

7 Steps to Meal Planning on a Budget

Quick, what is the best way to save money in the grocery store and time in the kitchen? Meal planning, of course. Every week on FNP’s Facebook and Twitter, I give tips on how to meal plan and how to shop on a budget. But how helpful are these tips if you are totally new… Read more »