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Shopping on a budget

There are many places where you can shop:

Grocery stores

Man and woman shopping for fruit at supermarket

Man and woman shopping for fruit at supermarket

Ethnic markets

Oriental sweets on the market

Oriental sweets on the market

Dollar Stores

Man at supermarket

Man at supermarket

Retail supercenters

Walmart Supercentre storefront

Walmart Supercentre storefront

Wholesale clubs

One shopping woman with cart at supermarket

One shopping woman with cart at supermarket

Farmers' Markets

Person giving change to customer at produce stand

Person giving change to customer at produce stand

Find a store that takes your SNAP EBT card near you:

Create a grocery store game plan

Look in your freezer, cabinets, and refrigerator.

Make a note of what you currently have on hand. You can save money by using these items in the upcoming week’s meals.

 
Refrigerator full of food

Use a worksheet to plan your meals and figure out what items you need to buy.

 

 

Create a list of new recipes to try!

Find new ideas for healthy and low-cost meals based on what you have on hand, foods your family enjoys, and foods that are good buys.

Family Preparing Salad

Search recipes by ingredient using What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl -- an interactive tool to help with healthy meal planning, cooking, and grocery shopping.

Be sure to include some family favorites along with the new recipes. 

Think about your schedule. Choose meals you can prepare easily on your busiest days. Save recipes that take longer for days off.