Tips to Healthy Eating on a Tight BudgetFood prices are on the rise, but there are many tips to help you eat healthy even if you are on a tight budget.

    -Prepare foods that will stretch into more than one meal, especially if you are using expensive food items. For example, making stews and casseroles will help those pricey packages of beef, poultry or fish go further.
    -Buy vegetables and fruits when they are in season.
    -Compare the cost of using a coupon to a store’s generic brand.
    -Avoid processed and convenient foods like frozen dinners, chips and instant mixes.
    -Nonfat dry milk is the least expensive way to buy milk, but make it early so it has plenty of time to chill.
    -Never shop when you are hungry or in a hurry!

Other ways to save money on your grocery bill are less traditional.

    -Plant edible plants and trees in your flower beds.
    -Plan menus and create a shopping list before you shop. You’ll find some items can be purchased using a bulk discount.
    -Use leftovers for a meal the following day. Whenever I make a pot roast, you know there will be a hearty beef stew served the next evening for supper.
    -Check your current inventory before shopping. Don’t buy what you already have.
    -Buy whole items and cut them up yourself.
    -Experiment by substituting beans or vegetables for meat. In some dishes you’ll never even notice. You’ll save money, fat and extra calories!

If you are struggling to put food on the table, consider programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program found and school meal programs for children.

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