Plan – Compare – Prepare

When most people think of nutritious foods, they immediately start thinking about price tags. Eating a balanced, nutrient-dense diet is often thought of as being expensive by almost everyone. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be! Below you will find several tips, tricks, and resources on how to eat well on a budget.


Plan: Take a few minutes to create a meal plan for the week considering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Make sure to include how much you need to purchase, if there will be leftovers, and what ingredients you already have on hand.

Compare: Search the newspaper or online for local grocery store sal ads. You can use this ahead of time to figure out where you will get the most value for your dollar. It might even be helpful to plan your meals around what items are on sale that week.

Prepare: Upon returning from the store, rinse your fresh produce and prepare it for snacks and meals during the week. This will save you time later as well as encourage you to snack on your prepared produce throughout the week. Doing this also helps eliminate waste!

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Megan Dougherty is the Riley County Nutrition, Health, and Food Safety Agent with K-State Research and Extension.

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