Stretch Your Food Dollars
We have lots of ideas and tools to help you save money on food!
- Writing down what you buy and how much you spend can help you identify ways to save money. Our Weekly Grocery Purchases activity helps you keep track of what you spend so that you can start making small changes to help you lower your food costs.
- After you complete the Weekly Grocery Purchases activity, take a look at our Money-saving Tips. It lists ways to save money category by category. The savings may seem small at first, but multiplied over many shopping trips, they will add up to a bundle.
- A very important part of shopping smart is making a list. Writing down what you need before you get to the store — and sticking to it — cuts down on forgotten items and impulse buys. We’ve got a shopping list started for you, and it even doubles as an envelope for saving coupons!
For tips on stretching your food dollar before, during, and after shopping, read our Shopping Tips.
What can you do this week to start saving more on your grocery bill?
Weekly Grocery Purchases (572 K PDF) — Keep track of your purchases for a week to get started with savings that add up.
Money-saving Tips for Grocery Shopping (395 K PDF) — A category-by-category list of how to save at the grocery store.
Make Your Own Envelope (338 K PDF) — Save coupons in this handy envelope that doubles as a pre-made shopping list.
Shopping Tips (185 K PDF) — Tips for before, during, and after your shopping trip.