Before making a grocery list, write down meals you want to make this week. Buying for the week means you’ll make fewer shopping trips and buy only the items you need. Here are some basic tips for creating your menu and grocery list:
Stay organized with a grocery list to avoid buying items you don’t really need.
Grocery List Basics:
The smartest shoppers know that saving money is more than luck. When shopping for groceries, it’s about having a game plan and making smart decisions about what to put in your cart.
Stretch your dollar with these helpful tips:
With a game plan in place, you’re now ready to shop! To get the most for your dollar, follow the tips in this section as you shop at your favorite food store or farmer’s market.
Where can I shop?
There are many places where you can find good deals, such as:
Fruits & Vegetables
Find fruits and vegetables in the produce section, frozen foods and in the canned and pantry food aisles. Compare prices to find the best buys.
Find grains in many areas of the store, including the bread, cereal, snack, and pasta and rice aisles.
Find protein foods throughout the entire store. They can be found in the fresh meat case, frozen foods section, dairy case, and canned and pantry food aisles.
Find dairy foods in the refrigerated and pantry aisles.
Drink water instead of buying sodas or other sugary drinks. Tap water is easy on your wallet and has zero calories. A reusable water bottle is a great way to have water with you on the go. For other drink ideas, see Make Better Beverage Choices.
Save time, money and calories by skipping the chip and cookie aisles.
Choose the checkout lane without the candy, especially if you have kids with you.
The image above shows two different price tags. In the first red box, the retail price is $1.62 for one 32 oz. yogurt. The unit price is $0.05 per oz. In the second red box, the retail price is $0.72 for one 6 oz. yogurt. The unit price is $0.12 per oz. Based on the unit price, you can determine that the larger, 32 oz. yogurt is the better buy.
How is the unit price found?TOTAL PRICE / SIZE = UNIT PRICE
This is an example using the 6 oz. yogurt that costs $0.72.
$0.72 / 6 oz. = $0.12
The unit price of this yogurt is therefore $0.12 per oz.
Food labels tell you the nutritional content of a food item. You can compare two different items by using the Nutrition Facts label to choose the healthier option.
Use the Nutrition Facts label to compare food choices. The example above shows two soup options. The Nutrition Facts labels show us that the reduced-sodium vegetable soup has less sodium per serving than the original vegetable soup — in this case half the amount. This makes the reduced-sodium vegetable soup the healthier choice, as long as the serving sizes are about the same size.
SNAP-Ed is the nutrition promotion and obesity prevention component of SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as Food Stamps. Contact us to learn more about the benefits participation can provide.