Five tips to stretch your food dollars

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Before heading to the grocery store, plan your meals for the week. Include meals like stews, casseroles or stir-fries, which “stretch” expensive items into more portions. Check to see what foods you already have and make a list for what you need to buy.
Locate the “unit price” on the shelf directly below the product. Use it to compare different brands and different sizes of the same brand to determine which is more economical.
Buying fruits and vegetables in season can lower the cost and add to the freshness. If they are not going to be used right away, buy some that still need time to ripen.
Convenience foods are time-savers, but can also be more expensive. Try making your own foods this week from scratch.
Prepare a large batch of favorite recipes on your day off (double or triple the recipe). Freeze in individual containers. Use them throughout the week and you won’t have to spend money on take-out meals.