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Stretching Your Food Dollars

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Strategies at the Store

Your shopping list is your “plan” for the week — and your job is to stick to your plan!

It is very easy to come home with foods that aren't in your food budget. Grocery stores work hard to get you to buy more than you planned. When this happens, the food dollars run out too soon.

image of a shopping cart

We looked at strategies you can use at home to stretch your food dollars. Now, let’s look at strategies you can use at the grocery store:

  • Brand name vs. generic?
  • Check the “Unit Price”
  • Watch for “Hidden Persuaders”
  • Reading labels
  • List of ingredients

We’ll go through these strategies one at a time. Head to Brand names vs. generic.