Healthy Children - February 2014

Healthy Eating on a Budget

Eating healthy doesn’t have to cost more. Use hese tips and materials to help you make choices that are not only healthy but also economical.

  • The 3 P’s – Plan, Purchase, and Prepare Food on a Budget
    - The reminders help you stay within your food budget.
  • Smart Shopping for Veggies and Fruits
    - Get the fruits and vegetables you need without breaking the bank!
  • Eating Better on a Budget
    - These 10 tips will help you stretch your food dollars.
  • Sample 7-day menu
    - This sample weekly menu meets all nutritional needs at a cost below current average food costs.


Eating Healthy on a Budget – A consumer economics perspective

  • Can people eat healthier and spend less money?
  • Are fruits and vegetables so expensive that people cannot afford to eat a healthy diet?
  • How can people actually know what foods are healthful choices and that they are likely economical as well?


Read a USDA Economist’s Views: Nutrition Doesn’t Have to be Expensive

  • Eat Right When Money’s Tight
  • 30 Ways in 30 Days to Stretch Your Fruits & Vegetables Budget
  • SNAP-ED Connection Recipe Finder
     - Search recipes by various categories – including cost per serving or per recipe.
  • Iowa State University Extension’s “Spend Smart. Eat Smart.”