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Stretching your food dollar

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Grocery shopping can be a real challenge, especially if you are on a limited budget. Because food is a controllable expense, it can be a target for reduced spending when money is tight. You can still serve meals that are appetizing, easy to prepare and nutritious by planning ahead and managing your money.

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Healthy Eating on a BudgetU.S. Department of Agriculture — Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. Use these tips and materials to make healthy choices while staying within your budget.

Eat Right When Money’s TightSNAP-Ed Connection — Handout, tip sheets, and websites dedicated to making the most of your food dollar.

Food GroupsU.S. Department of Agriculture — The five food groups are the building blocks of a healthy diet. Find out what counts as a serving.

Sharon M. Danes, Extension Specialist and Professor — Family Social Science

Revised June 2015 by the author and Connie Betterley, Public Health Nutrition Consultant

Reviewed in 2018

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