Meal Planning, Shopping and Budgeting

Woman grocery shopping

Plan meals, shop smart, and budget to save money.

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Meal Planning

Save Money by Making Meals At Home (PDF | 833 KB)

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.

Create a Top-Notch Menu with Balance, Variety, and Moderation

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service.

Learn the Do's and Don'ts of Freezing Sandwiches

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

Plan Thrifty Menus (PDF | 177 KB)

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Plan Healthy Meals for One or Two People

University of Nebraska - Lincoln Extension

This Web site links to a PDF checklist (672 KB).


Save at the Supermarket: 16 Tips that Can Total Big Bucks

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

101+ Ways to Save Food Dollars (PDF | 580 KB)

Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Raise Healthy Children: Frugal Shopping Tips for Families

University of Florida. IFAS Extension.

Also available in PDF format (368 KB).

Squeezed by Rising Food Prices? Read this Handout!

University of Missouri Extension.

Make the Most of Your Food Dollars: Food Shopping on a Budget (PDF | 420 KB)

University of Georgia; Ft. Valley State University.

Read a Shopper's Guide to Spending Less and Eating Better (PDF | 2.5 MB)

University of Hawai'i at Manoa Cooperative Extension Service.


shopping bag with SNAP written on it 10 Steps to Help You Fill Your Grocery Bag Through SNAP

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Offers tools to help you learn if you or someone you know might be eligible for SNAP. Also in Spanish and as a printable PDF (57 KB).

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

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Download the "Stretching Your Dollar" Handout (PDF | 108 KB)

University of Missouri. Human Environmental Sciences Extension.

Available in both English and Spanish.

Budget and Plan Ahead for Your Family (PDF | 309KB)

University of Wisconsin. Corporative Extension.

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

Iowa State University Extension.

Learn the "Envelope Method" to Manage Your Food Money (PDF | 510 KB)

University of Wisconsion Extension. Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program.