We are often told how to eat, but, more often, we are unfortunately not advised on how to do so on a budget. Until now, that is.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides the following tips for eating well on a financial plan using the three P's:
- Plan your meals ahead of time using a set budget that you create for yourself. On this plan, include meals that will stretch pricier food items over a longer period of time, like stews and casseroles. You can find quick and easy recipes online (or at your local library if you do not have access to the internet), and be sure to ask your grocery store about any loyalty programs they offer and sales they have.
- Never go shopping when you're already hungry and buy the store brand if it is cheaper. Choose the fruits and veggies that are in season, and keep in mind that pre-made meals and food items may be more convenient to eat but tend to cost more.
- You can replace meats in certain recipes with proteins such as beans. This helps to save cost while also encouraging you to try something new. Pre-cook meals when you have time, freezing items and incorporating into leftovers for dishes the next day.
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Click here to download the original file for future reference from ChooseMyPlate.org.