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|Title:||Cutting Food Costs|
|Pub. date: ||Revised 2007, updated 2011|
|Description:||You can put off buying a new car or appliance, but you have to buy food. This bulletin shows you how anyone can cut food costs using knowledge and common sense. Discusses meal planning, convenience foods, unit pricing and supporting healthy diets. |
|Funding Source: ||University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Land Grant University of the state of Maine and the U.S. Department of Agriculture|
|Developer: ||John Rebar, updated by Kate Yerxa |
|Organization: ||University of Maine Cooperative Extension|
|Length: ||2 pages|
|Reviewers Comments: ||This resource can be used with SNAP participants and includes great ideas and advice for saving money on food. Tips are organized into neat paragraphs under specific topic headings, such as “Time Your Shopping”, “Be Wary of Convenience Foods” and “Cut Costs, Not Nutrients”. The publication encourages eating seasonally, locally and cooking meals from scratch. Detailed cooking tips or other guidance on how to put these practices into action is not included, but could be provided alongside the document to help participants understand and attempt these money-saving habits.
The reading level and content is appropriate for most adult audiences. While this publication could be used as a stand along tool, it would be most beneficial when gone over with an educator. For example, a short explanation is provided on unit pricing, however some participants may benefit from additional exercises or explanation as this can be a confusing topic. The resource is not appropriate for low literacy participants.
This publication is available in HTML for online browsing or as a PDF file for printing. Internal navigation among topic headings could enhance HTML browsing. The print version is black and white, easy to read with some graphics and enough white space. The font size may be small for some low vision or elderly participants. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension logo is included on the document.