5 Simple Steps to Planning Healthy & Affordable Meals

It’s a problem many parents face.  You want to cook healthy meals for your family, but you also can’t afford to have a higher grocery bill.  Fresh fruits and vegetables can be more expensive than a frozen meal, and your family isn’t going to be satisfied with a head of lettuce.  What can you do?

Plan your meals using these 5 simple steps:

Step 1: Check what foods you already have.

Make dishes that require spices and items that you already have in stock.

Step 2:  Make a list of the foods you need and stick to it.

Don’t ever go the store when you’re hungry, or you’ll be tempted to buy things you don’t need.

Step 3:  Check your supermarket’s circular for coupons.

Change your menu based on what is on sale. For instance, if salmon is on sale and cheaper than another fish you normally buy, prepare savory salmon cakes.

Step 4:  Search for coupons on the web.

Google specific items you want to buy and the word “coupon” to find extra savings.  You should even check a manufacturer’s website for coupons.

Step 5: Buy generic brands.

Don’t spend extra money for the fancier packaging or advertising.  Store brands are comparable and usually cheaper than premium brands.

Check out more tips at Choose MyPlate.

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