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Stretch Your Food Budget

I have a hard time stretching my food budget to reach the end of the month. How can I afford to eat healthfully on a budget?
Stretch Your Food Budget

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Getting nutritious food on a budget doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, empty-calorie snack foods such as a bag of chips and a can of pop usually cost more than a more healthful snack such as a banana and a bottle of water. Save even more money on beverages by filling a reusable water bottle from the faucet at home or work.

Save money by planning your meal according to the grocery store specials. Check for coupons and pair them with specials to increase your savings. Often seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables are less expensive and featured in sales ads. Look for other forms of fruits and vegetables, too. Compare the prices of canned, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. They all count toward the daily goal of 4 1/2 cups (total) fruits and vegetables for adults. Visit for lots of ideas and "like" us on Facebook for regular tips and ideas.

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise July 2016 newsletter (PDF)

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