Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/IR00002147/00001
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Title: Saving Money on Meals
Physical Description: Fact Sheet
Creator: Hillan, Jennifer
Publisher: University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, EDIS
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2001
Acquisition: Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Melanie Mercer.
Publication Status: Published
General Note: "Publication date: May 2001."
General Note: "FCS 8662-eng"
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Source Institution: University of Florida Institutional Repository
Holding Location: University of Florida
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1.This document is FCS 8662-Eng, one of a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Publication date: May 2001. Reviewed by Isabel Valentin-Oquendo, MS, RD, LD/N, assistant-in and curriculum coordinator, Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. Please visit the EDIS Web site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.eduThe Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer authorized to provide resea rch, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, color, se x, age, handicap, or national origin.For information on obtaining other extension publications, contact your county Cooperative Extension Service office. Florida Cooperative Extension Service / Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences / University of Florida / Christine Taylor Waddill, Dean 2.Jennifer Hillan, MSH, RD, LD/N, coordinator, Educational/Training Programs, Department of Family, Youth and Community Science s, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 32611. FCS 8662-EngSaving Money on Meals1Jennifer Hillan2When it comes to saving money on groceries, planning makes all the difference! Planning your familys meals can not only save you money, but time and effort as well. Use these money saving tips along with the weekly meal planner and start saving today! !! !Make a budget and stick to it!! !! !Make a shopping list from your weekly meal plan. This will help you avoid buying unnecessary items.! !! !Be flexible with your meal plan to take advantage of store specials. For example, you planned corn for Tuesday night, but buy green beans instead because they are on sale.! !! !Buy store brands when they are cheaper than brand names.! !! !Limit high-calorie, low-nutrient extras such as sodas, chips, and alcohol.! !! !Clip coupons and take advantage of store specials for items that you normally buy.! !! !Know the regular prices of items you buy often. This way, youll know a sale when you see it.! !! !Buy in bulk and store for later use. Make sure you will be able to use all of the food before it spoils.! !! !Use the Food Stamps Program and/or WIC if you qualify.! !! !Grow your own fruits and vegetables.! !! !Shop at farmers markets and discount stores.! !! !Dont shop when you are hungry!


Saving Money on Meals May 2001 Each days menu should have:" "" "several whole-grain foods" "" "at least one vitamin A food (such as dark green or deep orange fruits and vegetables)" " at least one vitamin C food (such as citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli) Tips for Meal Planning" "" "Plan to use foods that you already have on hand." "" "Include leftovers in your meal plan." "" "Follow the Food Guide Pyramid each day." "" "Use meat alternates often, such as dried beans and peas. Weekly Meal PlannerPlanning Makes the DifferenceSUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY Breakfast Lunch Evening Meal Snacks


Saving Money on Meals May 2001 Congratulations on planning a balanced menu! Now that youve created a weekly meal plan, lets compare it to the Food Guide Pyramid! Fill in the number of servings from each food group you have planned for each day.Food GroupsS e r v i n g s FGPMonTuesWedThurFriSatSun Bread, Cereal, Rice & Pasta6-11 Vegetables3-5 Fruits2-4 Milk, Yogurt & Cheese2-3 Meat & Meat Alternates2-3Are any days short of the Food Guide Pyramid recommendations? If so, go back to your meal plan and make any needed changes. Now use your meal plan to create a shopping list