Shop and save
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Grocery shopping on a budget takes a few hours to learn and a lifetime to master. Start saving today with these resources and tips.
Think before you shop
Shopping to save starts before you step out the door.
Strategies You Can Use — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach — Gives details about three strategies you can use to get more for your money when shopping for food. Part of the Spend Smart. Eat smart. series. English | español
Save money and the environment by reducing food waste — Learn how you can reduce food waste by planning menus, shopping smart, understanding food dating, and finding new uses for leftovers. English | español
Every aisle in the grocery store has multiple ways to save. Get familiar with how to find the best value for your money.
Spend Smart. Eat smart. — Dairy — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach — Spending wisely in the dairy aisle means buying the most calcium for your dollar. Check your dollar-saving skills and try these “spend smart” strategies.
Spend Smart. Eat smart. — Fruits — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach — Fresh, frozen, canned, and dried fruit all have similar nutrient values. Check these strategies to find smart buys.
Spend Smart. Eat smart. — Protein — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach — Check your dollar-saving skills for buying protein foods and use these strategies to get the most from your budget.
Dried Beans, Peas, and Lentils Can Help You Save $$ — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach — Get ways to store and prepare different types of dried beans as well as cooking tips to help save time and money. Includes recipes and tips for adding beans to your diet.
Spend Smart. Eat smart. — Vegetables — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach — Use these strategies to find the best ways to include the most vegetables in your food budget.
Strategies for spending less — When your family faces reduced income, take immediate action to stop all excess spending.
10 Tips Nutrition Education — ChooseMyPlate.gov — Easy-to-follow tips in a convenient, printable format in English and Spanish that are perfect for posting on a refrigerator. See especially Smart shopping for veggies and fruits and Eating Better on a Budget.