Eat Healthy and Save $

At Home:

  • Make food from “scratch”–many foods are less expensive when made at home rather than prepared
  • Use leftovers–include in other meals and snacks
  • Use food before if spoils–food thrown away is money lost
  • Make brown bag lunches
  • Double the recipe and freeze–1/2 to be used later for another meal
  • Include meatless meals 2-3 times in a week–meat is typically the most expensive item in a meal
  • Extend your meal with whole grains and vegetables
  • Make soups and stews–foods that have a high water content are filling and use less meat-great for using leftovers and freezing extra batches
  • Use smaller plates and bowls–decreases portion size to help with reducing cost and calories

When Grocery Shopping:

  • Set a budget
  • Consider discount stores
  • Use store ads-shop for weekly sale items
  • Make and use a shopping list–saves time and money
  • Use unit pricing to check for best prices–most stores post the unit price on the shelf below the food as part of the pricing label.
  • Don’t shop when hungry–we buy more food when we are hungry
  • Shop when the store is not crowded–it’s quicker and allows for you to spend less time spending money
  • Shop alone
  • Use coupons wisely–only use them to get best price on foods that are needed and will be used
  • Buy foods on sale
  • Buy produce in season
  • Choose food with less packaging
  • Buy larger packages-usually it’s a better buy if you can use the product before it spoils.  The unit price will help you know if it’s the best buy.
  • Shop at farmer’s markets–seasonal produce is usually less expensive
  • Shop the perimeter of the grocery store–the least processed foods are placed in the perimeter of the store
  • Purchase store label products–compared to name brands they are usually less expensive

Courtesy of the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department