Learning for Life: Save more at the grocery store

Save more at the grocery store

If your family is like most, one of your highest monthly expenses may be food. While we can’t stop eating, there are some things we can do to save money on groceries.

First, make a Meal Plan. Check the weekly ads from your favorite store for sales. Plan your meals around those sale items, taking advantage of seasonal produce, bulk discounts, store coupons, and reduced-for-quick-sale items.

Second, use your meal plan to help you write a shopping list.

Third, eat before you head to the store so you’re not tempted to over-spend and shop alone whenever possible.

Next, always compare unit prices; knowing the price per ounce, pound, or other unit of measure on similar products will help you find the best deal. Store brand and larger size items usually cost less but are not at eye level; look up or down to find these bargains.

Finally, build your menus around whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean meats and low-fat or non-fat dairy. Remember that processed foods are less nutritious and more costly, so a little time in the kitchen can add up to big savings.

If you find you have a cart full of ingredients rather than pre-packaged foods, both your physical and financial health will benefit!

For more information on smart shopping, stop by our office at 43961 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite A, Soldotna, AK 99669 for a free handout, or call us at 907-262-5824.

Submitted by Amorette Payment, UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Nutrition Educator, Kenai Peninsula District.

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