Save money grocery shopping
Tasty fruits and vegetables can fit into any budget. They're a great value for the money! Shop around and use all forms - fresh, frozen, dried, canned, and 100% juice - to get your 5 cups of fruits and vegetables a day. Check out these money saving tips and watch your savings add up.
- Check store flyers and coupons first - before you go shopping. Plan low cost weekly meals around what's on sale. Make your shopping list and stick to it.
- Buy fresh fruits and vegetables in season when they are least expensive. Buy nutritious and low-cost frozen or canned fruit and veggies when local, fresh produce isn't available.
- Choose generic or store brands instead of name brands. Store brands tend to cost less and have similar taste and nutrition.
- Buy unprepared foods instead of convenience foods. For example, buy plain frozen vegetables instead of ones with sauces.
- Buy dried beans, peas and lentils to make low-cost soups and casseroles.
Here's a low-cost soup to try tonight!
Pinto Bean StewIngredients:
- 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped -- Don't have fresh? Try frozen carrots!
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) low sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups cooked pinto beans -- use dried or canned beans!
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Add 1/2 cup water to a medium pot. Cook the onion, green pepper, carrots and garlic in the water for 5 minutes over medium heat or until soft.
- Stir in the chili powder, tomato paste, chicken broth and pinto beans.
- Cook for 20 minutes. Add a little water if the beans start to stick to the bottom of the pot.
- Serve over hot cooked rice.
- Refrigerate leftovers.