How to Eat Right When Money's Tight


How to Eat Right when Money's Tight

Having a hard time making ends meet?
Look here for tips and resources that can help you stretch your food dollars.


MyPlate logo Get Tips and Materials for Healthy Eating on a Budget

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.


Thumbnail of fact sheet. Eat Right When Money's Tight Tip Sheet (PDF | 1.5MB)

USDA. FNS. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

This tip sheet, created by the SNAP provides information on how to shop for a nutritious diet while on a tight budget. Also available in Spanish (PDF|419KB).


Magnifying glass with shopping cart. SNAP Retail Locator

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Looking for a store in your neighborhood that accepts SNAP benefits? Use this online tool to find a list of stores near you who accept SNAP benefits and EBT cards.


How to Get Food Help cover How to Get Food Help through Federal Food Assistance Programs (PDF | 369 KB)

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Also available in Spanish. (PDF | 2.0 MB)


Shopping basket with food Food Assistance Programs

Nutrition.gov.

Even a carefully planned food budget sometimes comes up short. If you're looking for information on the Federal food and nutrition assistance programs that may be available to help you or your family members, this page is the place to go.


Chef's hat above crossed spoons. Plan a Healthy Meal

LetsMove.gov

Learn tips to plan a healthy menu and link to useful tools like a shopping list template and goal tracking sheet.


30 ways in 30 days logo 30 Ways in 30 Days to Stretch Your Fruit & Vegetable Budget

Produce for Better Health Foundation.

A tip a day to help you stretch your fruit and vegetable budget for National Fruits & Veggies-More Matters Month.


Woman Reading Shopping List Basic Foods for Cupboard, Fridge & Freezer: Create Your Own List!

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

A "starter list" of basic foods that can be combined and recombined in a variety of new, delicious (and nutritious!) ways. Also available in PDF (172KB).


Farmers Markets: Fresh, Nutritious, Local

Nutrition.gov.

This page provides information and resources on farmers markets including a video detailing the benefits of buying foods there and a 'Top 10 Reasons to Shop at a Farmers Market' list. One of the Top 10 Reasons is the fact that SNAP and WIC cards are accepted at most farmers markets.


Bag of food Shopping for Health and Budget (PDF | 79 KB)

Food and Health Communications

Finding it hard to save money and buy healthy foods? This handout explains how to balance your budget and health while shopping.


Spend Smart. Eat Smart. with Shopping bag Spend Smart. Eat Smart.

Iowa State University Extension.

Web site provides information and ideas on to make or buy affordable, healthy meals. Test your knowledge with interactive games, compare prices of at-home vs. purchased meals, or check out the blog for real life tips and advice.


Woman with trick shopping cart. Squeezed by Rising Food Prices?

University of Missouri Extension.

This handout contains tips on how you can save money at the grocery store, when eating out, when eating at home, and when eating at work.