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How to save money with the rising cost of food.
Nashville, Ark. – If you have visited the grocery store lately, you are aware of the
rising cost of food. Many of us have found the need to adjust our food budget to account
for these rising costs. If you are struggling with this increased cost, here are some
ideas to consider helping make your money go further.
Before you leave the house, check the foods you have on hand. Ask yourself…
Once you have asked all these questions, it is time to plan. Plan what meals and recipes
you will make for the week based on the foods you already have. Planning helps put
leftovers to good use. Use other foods, such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains,
to complete your meals.
Make a shopping list for the foods you need to buy. A shopping list helps you stick
to your budget. Look for coupons, sales, and store specials. In fact, you might plan
your meals around what is on sale that week.
When grocery shopping, compare products and brands for the best buys. Try store brands,
which typically cost less. Check sell-by dates to make sure the item will not spoil
before you plan to use it. Buy the freshest food possible because it will last longer.
This is especially true if your family is small.
Try to plan your shopping trips when the store will not be so busy. Early in the morning
or late at night is usually the best time to avoid crowds. This will allow you time
to compare prices and concentrate on making wise choices. Also, plan to shop after
you have eaten. Avoid going to the grocery store when you are hungry. If possible,
shop by yourself. Having your family along may end up with more than what is on your
list in your grocery basket.
Other tips include:
Finally, after shopping when you get home, put the groceries away as soon as possible
to preserve its freshness. If needed, divide foods into small portions and freeze
them for later. Be sure to store nonperishable foods in the pantry by putting those
with the earliest date in front. Those with a longer shelf life should be stored at
For more information on saving money, nutrition, or gaining the skills needed to prepare
meals, contact the Howard County Extension Office at 870-845-7517 and ask to be added
to the EH newsletter list. Most programs are advertised through this list. You can
also visit our office located on the second floor of the courthouse. The Cooperative
Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Recipe of the Week
This recipe is great for Spring and Summer lunches or light evening meal. Buy the
chicken in bulk and use only what you need for this recipe. Save the rest by putting
it in the freezer for future meals. This recipe comes from the USDA Mixing Bowl website.
There are thousands of low-cost, healthy recipes on this site.
2 red apples
2 celery stalks
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cooled (about 1 pound)
½ cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
½ cup raisins
¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup chopped nuts (optional)
Cut apples into quarters, remove core and chop.
Chop celery and cube chicken into bite-sized pieces.
In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients until well combined.
Serve over salad greens of your choice.
Yield: 4 servings.
Nutrition information per serving: Calories 333, Fat 7g, Protein 36g, Fiber 3g, Sodium
256mg, Carbohydrate 33g
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 email@example.com
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