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Title:Stretching Your Supermarket Dollars
Pub. date: 12/2005
Edition: 2nd
Includes: handout
Audience: Multiple Audiences, parent, adult
Language: English
Description:

Stretching Your Supermarket Dollars is a 4 page publication that discusses strategies for saving money at the supermarket, including grocery ads, coupons, meal planning, price comparisons, times to shop, and label reading. It is available online as a free download.

Details
Developer: Mary N. Harrison
Organization: University of Florida
Mail: edishelp@ifas.ufl.edu
Length: 4 pages
Assessment instrument Used? no
Use Restrictions: may copy
Reviewers Comments:

Stretching Your Supermarket Dollars is a tool to help save money when grocery shopping. The document can be read from the University of Florida site however it is also available in a printable PDF version.

While the document seems geared toward mothers who grocery shop for their families, the information provided is practical for any adult looking to stretch their dollar at the market. The document is to the point and uses fairly simple steps/directions. However, it uses some technical terms and may not be appropriate for low literate individuals and those who are not comfortable with the English language. Such as “Buy In Quantities That Are Most Economical For You.”

Stretching Your Supermarket Dollars uses an adequate font size as well as a good use of headings. The headings are recognizable, helping direct attention to key points. However, the document lacks illustrations as well as color and consists of a great deal of text. Keeping that in mind, this document may not work well as a stand alone tool. It would probably work better when used in a classroom setting. Stretching Your Supermarket Dollars could also be an educational piece for new nutrition educators or food stamp office employees.

The topic matter in the document is very well organized. It begins with providing money saving ideas of what to do before going to the grocery store such as checking what is already at home, clip coupons, meal planning, creating a list, as well as planning when to shop. Then the article moves to provide valuable tips while shopping such as reading labels, observing packaging, and making price comparisons. It wraps up with helpful hints of what to do on the way home from grocery shopping.

The suggestions for shopping are all action-oriented. Most individuals could easily demonstrate these notions in order to save extra money. The document definitely has potential to stimulate interest for those looking to save some money. It additionally takes into consideration planning nutritionally balanced meals.

For the most part subject matter is presented objectively and fairly. There are no brand name or sponsor biases used. The material does include a stereotype/assumption on page two in the right paragraph. It states “often a husband will add gourmet or non-essential items to the grocery basket or select other impulse items.” That is not necessarily a true statement and may be found offensive to some readers.

While the document does not directly tell the consumer to purchase discolored meat, it does state “Some stores reduce the price on meats that have turned dark, or ham that has changed color. If they are to be used immediately they may be bargains.” While, they may be bargains, purchasing meats that have potential to be spoiled even if they are used immediately can increase ones risk for a food borne illness. In relation, the article also suggests it is not always important to look for expiration dates when food is for immediate use. None the less, it may still be valuable to look at expiration dates to avoid purchasing expired food items as a precaution for the risk of food borne illness.

Overall, the article is nicely presented and entails worthwhile information for consumers looking to stretch their food dollars. However, care should be taken to more thoroughly address potential hazards in spoiled or expired foods. The topics discussed are straightforward, and the shopping suggestions given are fairly easy to try. This article would be a useful tool for any nutrition educator looking to instruct about supermarket smarts.

Availability
View/download files: 
html file English: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/HE677
pdf file English: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/HE/HE67700.pdf
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: University of Florida
    Contact: Kimberly Klinger
    E-mail: kklinger@ifas.ulf.edu
    Ordering: Free printer download. Be sure to use printer friendly version for proper formatting
    Order URL:http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/TOPIC_Family_and_Consumer_Issues
    Cost: 0.00 per handout
    Avail. in Qty: No
    Bulkrate:n/a

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