Stretch Your Food Dollars at Home

Personal Finance August 11, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF

Prevent Food Waste

• Cut down on the amount of food you throw away; freeze leftovers or use them in recipes like soups or casseroles. aInstead of thinking "leftovers" - think "planned overs." Have a plan to use excess food from one meal, whether by using it within a few days or freezing it for the future.

• Take leftovers for lunch instead of eating out. Store properly to keep foods safe to eat.

• Before buying an unfamiliar food, be sure you know how to prepare it.

• Buy only the amount of food you can store and use before it spoils.

Plan Ahead

• Plan meals for a week using foods on hand and grocery store specials.

• Clip and use coupons if the coupons are for items you usually use and the cost with the coupon is lower than other brands for similar products.

• Cook large batches when possible; divide into portions and freeze.

General Money Saving Tips

• Cut down on expensive ready‐to‐eat salty and sweet snacks.

• Enjoy seasonal or dried fruit, vegetables (cut your own), whole grain crackers, or low‐fat yogurt for nutritious snacks.

• Limit pre‐made meals and fast foods.

• Buy a reusable water bottle and fill it with tap water. Refrigerate overnight and keep it with you during the day.

• Avoid excess soda, expensive energy drinks, and coffee shop drinks.

Adapted from: Henneman, A. (2008). Supermarket Savings: 16 Tips that Can Total Big Bucks.

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