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Title:Making Your Food Dollars Work
Pub. date: April 2009
Edition: 1st
Includes: curriculum binder, CD with handouts, recipes, grocery store photos
Audience: Multiple Audiences, adult, elder, parent, Hispanic
Language: English, handouts and recipes available in English and Spanish
Description:A four lesson curriculum to help adults get the most from the money they spend on food.
Funding Source: Family Nutrition Program, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with Indiana Family & Social Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Developer: Janet C. Bechman, Deanna Franklin, D. Elizabeth Kiss
Organization: Family Nutrition Program, Purdue University
Length: 4 lessons
Assessment instrument Used? no
Use Restrictions: May not copy.
Reviewers Comments: Making Your Food Dollars Work is a wonderful curriculum for SNAP-Ed providers who would like to provide guidance to participants on budgeting money for food. Topics covered include tracking income and expenses, comparison shopping, menu planning, and goal setting. Because of the personal topics discussed in the lessons and exercises, the curriculum would be best utilized when working one on one with participants; however, it can be adapted for small groups.

The curriculum consists of four individual, targeted lessons provided in a binder and on a CD. The listed time for each lesson is about 10 to 15 minutes, however lessons may be longer depending on the amount of time used for the discussion. The cumulative lessons can be taught independently, or can be combined. Lessons are empowering, interactive and encourage behavior change through examples and activities. It should be noted the curriculum uses the term “food stamps” as opposed to “SNAP benefits” throughout.

The curriculum is supported with handouts, activities, and visuals, all clearly designed and action oriented. Lesson handouts are provided on a CD in English and Spanish. Visuals can either be printed out or shared with the participant on a computer screen, if available during the teaching session. The exercises encourage participants to start practicing budgeting techniques, by comparing two supermarket items, using a calendar to track income and expenses and planning meals in advance. Some topics, such as “fixed expenses” vs. “flexible expenses” are more complicated and may need more time than others. The lesson titled “A Trip to the Store” does not include a physical trip to a store; however, it may be modified to incorporate one if feasible for both the educator and participant.

Lessons culminate with a wrap-up and suggestions for follow up. A certificate of achievement is provided and opportunity for the participant to set future goals. These short, organized lessons are great for SNAP-Ed providers looking for a hands-on way to discuss food budgeting with participants.

Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Purdue Agricultural Communication – Media Distribution Center
    Mail: 231 S. University St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2094
    Phone: 888-EXT-INFO (398-4636) or 765-494-6794
    Fax: (765) 496-1540
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    Cost: 60.00 per each
    Avail. in Qty: Yes

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