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Eat Healthy on a Budget


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Healthy eating is important at every age of development. Eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, or fortified soy alternatives can be very expensive. MyPlate recognizes has created tips to help with budgeting for healthy food shopping. Check out budget tips below.

Simple tips for eating healthy on a budget:

Plan, plan, plan

Plan your meals for the week based on your food budget and make a grocery list that includes staples and perishables. Use the Shop Simple with MyPlate tool to find savings in your area and discover new ways to prepare budget-friendly foods.

Compare similar products

Locate the “unit price” on the shelf sticker near the item price. Compare different brands and sizes for the best money-saving option

Stretch your food dollars

Add beans and canned or frozen vegetables to bulk up your meals and make your food dollars go further. You will reap the benefits of extra fiber, vitamins, and nutrients while feeling full.

Grow your own in your home

Grow herbs like basil and oregano inside your home for a fraction of the price. Small gardens can be grown on a windowsill or a kitchen counter.

 Buy in bulk

Save money by buying larger quantities of foods that store well like whole grains, canned or dried beans, and frozen vegetables. Don’t overbuy foods that you will throw out later.

Look for on-sale produce

Grocery stores rotate their sales and buying what is on sale is a great way to save money and get variety. Do the same with frozen and canned items.