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Meals on a budget

Meals on a budget. By: Alex Bell and Amanda Schermerhorn. Benefits. Save time Save money Spend more time with your family Know exactly what went into the food you are eating No stress about last minute meal decisions . Plan your budget.

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Meals on a budget

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  1. Meals on a budget By: Alex Bell and Amanda Schermerhorn

  2. Benefits • Save time • Save money • Spend more time with your family • Know exactly what went into the food you are eating • No stress about last minute meal decisions

  3. Plan your budget • Budget for food the same way you would any other expense • Plan realistically for when you will eat out • Pack lunches instead of buying them

  4. Plan your budget • Plan for special occasions • Take cash to the store and leave the credit/debit cards at home • Plan your meals to fit your budget– not the other way around

  5. Coupons and bulk • Coupon sources: local paper & internet • Only clip for what you actually need • Buy non-perishables and freezable items in bulk • When on sale (meat, flour, etc) • Make own snack size portions from larger, less expensive packages • Buy generic

  6. Plan your meals • Plan meals/snacks a week at a time • Be realistic about busy days – a great time for pot luck meals or • Plan to use your leftovers • Check your pantry and then make your list • Check for coupons and store sales • Use fresh produce earlier in the week, or make another trip to restock

  7. Go shopping • Pick a time when not rushed or hungry • Take your list, cash, coupons, and calculator with you • Stick to the list • Compare prices of brand name vs. generic • Compare sizes and buy the least expensive/ounce or count

  8. Time saving tools • Refrigerator notepads or calendars • Easily accessed by the entire family • On-line meal planners • Always have a fallback plan for dinners • Breakfast for dinner is a quick inexpensive option for when your plan does not work

  9. Creating a Healthy Pantry By: Alex Bell and Amanda Schermerhorn

  10. Why Should I create A healthy pantry? • Let’s face it; eating healthy isn’t always the easiest thing to do • Benefits of eating healthy outweigh the challenge! • Many “go to“ meals that are simple, quick & nutritious • Keeping pantry/refrigerator stocked with healthy, staple items makes meal times run smoother!

  11. 3 Steps To Creating A Healthy Pantry • Staple down your foods! • Eat Fresh! • Get in the right mindset!

  12. Staple down your foods! • Make out a basic list this week of staple food items that always need to be in stock • Choose things like: • Peanut butter • Dried Fruit (Raisins) • Whole wheat bread • Canned Tuna • Oatmeal • Beans and Rice • Low- sodium soups • Crackers • Nuts

  13. Eat Fresh! • Expand your list & add fresh produce • Keep healthy, household favorite fruit in the fridge • Grapes are sweet and bite sized • Store cleaned fruit/veggies in containers for easy access • Crinkle cut carrots are great for dipping into a low fat dressing or hummus • Frozen vegetables/dried fruit can also be good choices

  14. Get in the right mindset! • Remember nutritious food is fuel for your body! • Don’t let being tired at the end of a day lead to bad eating habits • Convenience food items are readily available, but consider how much better you will feel after a dinner full of: • healthy fats • complex carbohydrates • lean protein • vitamins/minerals • You will also save money & use what is already in the kitchen!

  15. Interactive Time • What is your favorite healthy staple food that is always in stock? • Can you think of 2 ways to turn this food into a quick and healthy meal?

  16. Take home points • Make a list of staple food items you enjoy! • Give your list a fresh look! • Change your mindset! • These three easy points will help you create a healthy pantry and continue to scale back!

  17. Thank You

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